In Loving Memory of Juan Carlos Cabra-Cruz
It is with immeasurable sadness that we announce the passing of our beloved Juan. After a tenacious battle with cancer, Juan Carlos Cabra-Cruz slipped peacefully into rest on October 31, 2023.
Juan was a loving husband, devoted father, cherished brother, and adored uncle. He was also a dear and loyal friend to so many. His departure has left a void in our hearts that will only be filled when we are reunited with him once again.
Juan Carlos was born in Chiquinquira, Colombia to Lucila and Ricardo Cabra on April 28, 1964. The baby of the family, Juan, along with siblings William, German and Clara, spent his childhood years in Bogota.
In 1987, Juan moved to the United States. At the age of 23, he boldly learned the English language, embraced a brand new culture and embarked on educational and occupational pursuits that brought him great success. Celebrating his gained citizenship in 2004, Juan was very proud to call America his home.
Juan was truly passionate about helping people, it was just in his wiring. The combination of his zealous servant’s heart and an intense drive to truly help people, naturally led him into a life-long career in the medical field. This was not only the perfect path for him, it was his absolute calling. Juan’s dedication to his academic studies, along with his rigorous determination, fruitfully yielded an accomplished career spanning from paramedic, respiratory therapy, nursing and finally Operations Administrator. Juan was a well-respected professional and he considered his colleagues at Memorial Hermann his family.
Juan’s career also led him to his sweetheart, as he met Stephanie in 1998, when they were both working as respiratory therapists. Juan and Stephanie married on April 3, 1999. Their marriage was blessed by the birth of Juan’s absolute pride and joy, Wesley. Soon after, the birth of their precious Morgan had Juan wrapped tightly around his daughter’s finger from that moment forward. Juan was very protective of his “little family” as he often affectionately referred to them.
Juan loved to have fun. Just as much, if not more than, he loved other people to be having fun. He seemed to be on a continuous mission ensuring everyone around him was comfortable, happy and enjoying themselves. His family made many cherished memories on vacations in the mountains, at the beach, and visiting Colombia. He very much enjoyed being in nature and hunting with his son. He also loved to watch his daughter participate in dance activities. Juan took great pleasure in entertaining friends and family at their home. He was a master at the grill and loved to feed people! In essence, he was most content making others feel good. Juan was a proficient woodworker and an avid cyclist. He participated in the MS 150 twice, and for Juan, contributing to the causes and charities involved were important pieces to that activity.
Juan will be deeply missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him. His memory will forever be etched in our hearts. Juan often said that we “Should treat everyone the same, after all, we are all God’s children.” He lived his life that way. May his life and words inspire us all to do the same.
Preceded in death by his parents, Maria Lucila Cruz de Cabra and Ricardo Cabra Garzon.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 24 years, Stephanie Lyne Cabra, children, Wesley Stephen and Morgan Alexandra, brothers William Ricardo and Edgar German, sister Clara Cabra-Sanchez.
A memorial service to celebrate the life of Juan Carlos Cabra-Cruz be held on Saturday, November 11th at 10:00 a.m. with visitation at 9:00 a.m.
Rosewood Funeral Home Porter, Texas 22271 US Hwy 59
Porter, Texas 77365
In lieu of flowers please send donations to :
Panola County Cancer Coalition
P.O. Box 70
Carthage, Texas 75633
Vitas hospice- please chose the Houston program