Jose Cruz Najar Sr., 72

Jose Cruz Najar Sr., passed away on May 1, 2013 in Blackfoot.
He was born on May 25, 1940 in Mexicali, Mexico.  He was preceded in death by his parents Santos and Loreto Ortiz, and a beloved nephew Andres DeLira Jr.  He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Maria Elena Rodriguez, and his six children.  Jose Cruz Najar Jr., Christine Stewart, Edward Najar, Norma Gibson, Joseph Najar, and Grace C. Reynolds.  He is also survived by eight grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. 
 Joe spent the majority of his life as a labor contractor in California, and moved to Idaho in 1989.  He loved the friends he made in the area, and the family and life that was created here.  He loved fishing and Morenita's Restaurant in particular.  Diabetes had Joe suffering these last years and he could not see his two youngest granddaughters' faces.  We know he is filled with happiness at the sight of them now, and is free of the constraints he had these last years. 
 A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 4, 2013 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot.  Condolences may be sent to the family at