After a month-long battle with Covid-19, 72 year old Henry Delacruz Lucas died on February 12, 2021 in Henderson, Nevada. He was born November 3, 1948 in Laoag City, Philippines to Isaac and Pascuala Lucas. He studied at Central Luzon State University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in Agriculture and had aspirations of becoming a doctor but due to financial setbacks he had to sacrifice his dreams. He then immigrated to the United States in the 1970’s and was drafted to the army and later enlisted with the US Air Force as a fuel systems technician for 4 years. In doing so, he became a proud US citizen and was able to travel the world. As a young handsome man he was often chased by the ladies. But he could care less for he had eyes for only one woman, Catherine Aguinaldo. He adored her. They later married on October 17, 1973 in Laoag City, Philippines. In 1975, he was able to bring his wife Catherine overseas to the San Francisco Bay Area where they would reside, create a foundation, start a family and live the American dream.
Henry was a kind, loving, generous, unselfish, hard-working man who at one point had 4 jobs just to provide for his family. In 2013, he retired from the US Postal Service in San Francisco as a mail handler after 36 years. He’d sleep little and could nap anywhere. That was the secret to his energy. A jack of all trades, a family man; devoted husband and father who had a passion for deep sea fishing, gardening (orchids were his specialty) and cooking for his family and friends. Always working and not much time for himself, he would take the family on many road trips around the US and other vacation destinations just to have quality time with his family
A lover of scenic views he’d often be captivated and in awe of its beauty taking it all in. He loved cracking jokes, dropped an occasional dad joke here and there and also had a knack for telling the most inappropriate jokes at the right time. He enjoyed yelling at the TV when the 49ers, SF Giants or the Golden State Warriors wouldn’t play to his standards. Always stating, “They’re no good! They deserve to lose!”, even though he’d watched their games religiously. A Monday morning quarterback you could call him. Though he had faith, he wasn’t a religious man. Sundays were spent at the church of football. He loved the 49ers; he was gold blooded and a diehard fan. His passion for the team rubbed off on the family and soon they began summer road trips up to Rocklin, CA to the 49ers training camp to see the team in action and just to get a glimpse of Jerry Rice and Joe Montana. For 20 years he and his wife were season ticket holders to the infamous Candlestick Park where they would tailgate in the same spot every Sunday with the same group of friends from 8am in the morning until they were kicked out. He enjoyed drinking, laughing and telling funny stories to friends and family. That’s when he truly shined and beamed full of light. He didn’t like confrontation, was a humble and forgiving man who wanted everyone to be happy. He had a smile like no other. It was infectious and had the ability to light up a room.
Unbeknownst, he impacted so many with his excitement for life and demonstrated through his values a totality of a man who loved hard, and always put his family first, no questions asked. His undeniable love for his family rings true. He is survived by his adored beautiful wife, Catherine; two daughters, Valerie & Stephanie; 3 grandchildren,
Cameryn, Gweyn & Lucky; 2 flagellant grand pups, Frank & Eleanor and his sister Nancy.
And now the end is here
And so I face that final curtain
My friend I’ll make it clear
I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain
I’ve lived a life that’s full
i traveled each and every highway
and more, much more
I did it, I did it my way.
Henry’s services March 12,2021 – Henderson, NV
10:00am-11:00am Visitation – La Paloma Funeral Service (http://webcast.funeralvue.com/events/viewer/49586)
11:30am-12:30pm Funeral Mass – St Thomas More (1.Go to – http://www.stmlv.org/ 2.Click Live Stream 3. Click Youtube link – Live 15 minutes prior to mass)
1:20pm – Honors and Burial – Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery (no livestream)
Due to the pandemic space is limited so please contact the family if you haven’t done so already.