Cruz Cortinez Perales, Jr. “CJ”

Cruz Cortinez Perales, Jr., “CJ” 45, passed away on March 30, 2022. He was born on February 26, 1977, in Amarillo, Texas, to Cruz C. Perales, Sr. and Maria Magdalena (Ortiz) Zamora.

Funeral Services for Cruz will be held at 12:00 noon, on Tuesday, April 12, 2022, at Lighthouse Funeral Home Chapel, 3707 Wolflin St., in Amarillo with Pastor Spike Maldonado officiating.

The family will receive visitors on Monday from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.

Cruz “CJ” loved his Tejano music, dancing, Bigfoot documentaries and loved to eat but overall, he was a soul with a big heart.

Cruz was preceded in death by his father, Cruz Cortinez Perales, Sr.; his mother, Maria Magdalena Zamora; a sister, Rosario Perales Loya; a brother, Ruben Perales, and his grandchildren, Kaydence Rhyme Fuentes and Zane and Aurora Olivas.

Those left to cherish his memory are his daughters, Desirea Jo Perales and husband Hilario Anthony Fuentes, and Mia Tiani Perales; his sons, David Cruz Perales, and Nathaniel Perales; sisters, Anna Perales, and Juliana Alvarez; his granddaughters, Symphany Fuentes, Harmony Fuentes and Medley Fuentes, and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly.

Cruz will be so missed.


  1. Edith calvillo

    Cruz We grew up together as a family and I still can’t believe it .I know you will be missed so much but I know you are in heaven dancing with angels .May God bless your family and may you rest in peace .

  2. Paulina murillo-Solis

    Primo I wish we would’ve had more time to get to know one another better I’m blessed to have been able to call u my family !! Keep my uncle Cruz in line up there in heaven !!

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