AK-CHIN VILLAGE — Daniel Cruz, 65, of Ak-Chin Village, Tohono O'odham Nation, died on June 1, 2019, at Archie Hendricks Sr. Skilled Nursing Facility in Sells.

Mr. Cruz was born on May 4, 1954, in Ak-Chin Village to Solana and Eliza (Lopez) Cruz. 

Well-known in the waila music world, he was a longtime saxophone player with the Papago Sunliners and the Tohono O'odham Fiddlers. He was a quiet man but also very funny.

Survivors include a daughter, Marian Cruz, and three sisters, Barbara Juan, Doreen Antone and Marian Jeanette Cruz. He was preceded in death by a sister, Madeline Cruz, and a brother, Simon Cruz.

Wake beginning at 5 p.m. on Friday, June 7, at San Sarafin Catholic Mission. Funeral Mass celebrated at 5 a.m. on Saturday, June 8. Burial in Ak-Chin Village Cemetery, Tohono O'odam Nation.

J. Warren Funeral Services, Mountain View Chapel in charge of arrangements.

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