Sammy Ruiz
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                       He would have changed the world had
                               he lived longer.  Instead, he changed me...
                                                                             Peg RousarThompson


I am happy to die because I shall be able to help souls who are dear to me, far more than I can here below.

Life is not sad; it is very joyous. If you say, "This exile is sad," I understand you. We are wrong to give the name "life" to something which will end; it is only to the things of Heaven that we should apply this beautiful name. 
                            Virgin blessed Thérèse

                            Faith     Hope          Love  




Happy Birthday


Sam is with the Lord, and the Lord has promised
to be with us. If Sam is with the Lord and the
Lord is with us, Sam cannot be far away.


This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one,
Samuel Danny Ruiz who was born in Colorado Springs on June 27,1986
and passed away in a horrible car accident on June 27, 2005 at the age
of 19. We will remember him forever.

Samuel was known to most as Junior. Junior loved spending most of his
time with his brothers Salvador 17yrs old and Sebastian 14yrs old. Junior was always smiling and his laugh was one of a kind. Junior always filled our days with laughter.

June the 27th, 1986 was one of the best days of my life. I gave birth to a beautiful baby boy. Nineteen years later on June the 27th, 2005 God called him home. That day became the worst day of my life.

Sammy was thee oldest child, grandchild, nephew and
cousin. My family fell in love with Junior from the
moment they saw his tiny face light up

Being thee oldest meant Junior had to grow up fast . Junior didn’t seem to mind in fact I think he loved the fact that his brothers and cousins look up to him. Junior never ask for their respect they just seem to do it out of love for him.  Junior made each one of them feel special in their own way.  Junior also made them laugh.  The things that he use to do and say were so creative only a genius could come up with. We will miss his prevalent character.

Juniors school years were happy ones. Junior had fun in high school
but something changed when Junior turned 18. Junior wanted to stay
home instead of going out with his friends. Once in awhile Junior
would go out but not often. I use to feel sorry for Junior. I use to
think it was not normal that all kids that age would rather be out with
their friends instead of being home with their brothers. But when I
would hear Junior and his brothers laugh which seemed like always I
would get this feeling inside a feeling of happiness of peace knowing
that my boys loved each other and that they didn’t need anyone else
all they needed was each other.


Junior loved music. Junior was always buying cd’s. He loved every
kind of music it could be rock, country, hip-hop or the blues. As long
as the song had a true meaning he loved it.
One of Juniors favorite
song I found out after he went to heaven was the Sun Song.
Its the song playing right now on this site.  I cried when I heard that song.
I knew then that God had prepared Junior for his departure from earth.
  Sal, Juniors brother, gave me Juniors CD (the Sun Song)...

Junior also loved playing his guitar. Junior has a beautiful collection of guitars.  Junior gave one of his guitars to his cousin Trey and one to His best friend John Ryan.  After Junior went to heaven we gave Juniors Uncle Joey one of his guitars cause we knew Junior would of wanted him to have it.  The rest of Juniors collection will remain with his brothers.

Junior and Sal (Juniors brother) like to read.  If Junior or Sal read a book that was interesting to them they would tell each other. Then when they both finished reading that book they would be up all night discussing that book most of the time the discussion would last for days. Sal told me after Junior past that most of what he knows comes from his brother. Junior wanted more than anything to be a philosopher. I believe Junior would of been one of the best.  With all the knowledge that Junior received rather it be from all the reading or all the religious education he received at St.Mary- Basha Elementary School and Seton Catholic High School. I believe all that knowledge Junior received through out his life he found the true meaning of life and for that his Father our God called him home.

I miss Junior every minute of everyday. I have never known pain as I know it now. I now know what a broken heart feels like. I have cried more than I have ever cried.  But I also know how much my God loves me.  I feel Gods present more than I have ever felt in my entire life. I have prayed more than I have ever prayed.  I honestly can say I can feel Gods arms around me. I pray ever morning before my feet touch the ground .  I know that being a good mother to Sal and Sebastian is all that Junior would ask of me.  So I get up and Know that I’m going to be okay because I have three sons that need me two on earth and one in heaven.


Junior also loved to watch the sunrise and the sunset.  He thought it was the most beautiful sight on this earth. Now when I look at
the sunrise and sunset I think of my precious Junior.

Sunrise June27th,1986

Sunset June27th,2005


                            Don't cry because he's gone, 
                               Smile because you knew him!


St. George among those saints "whose names are justly Reverenced among men,but whose actions are only known to God". 

             All which I took from thee I did but take, 
                                 not for thy harms,
             but just that thou might seek it in my arms

Junior with his Nana, 15 Miles east of Cleveland Ohio

                 2Corinthians 4:8
"We are confident, yes well pleased rather to be
absent from the body and to be present with the Lord"
I Am A Child Of God Art Print by Stephanie Marrott
                                      Psalm 139:16
"...And in your book they all are written, the days fashioned for me

These flowers bloomed on May the 2nd,2008. That's Sammy's Aunt's birthday.  I believe it was Sam's way of saying, Happy birthday Tia Carol, I love You!!!

Junior and his Tia Carol


Junior, we will live this life to the fullest
and embrace you in the next!!!
I know God will not give me anything that I can't
handle.  I just wish He didn't trust me so much.
                                                       ~Mother Theresa~


Sam's brother Sal wrote 5 songs

Here's where you can find it:
Band page:

On Tears and Sorrow...

"Your tears were collected by the Angels and were
 placed in a gold chalice and you will find them when
 you present yourself before God."

~ Blessed Padre Pio to someone who had been
 crying ~ 

Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe.
                                                    ~Saint Augustine~
"Pain is never permanent”
                                  ~St. Teresa of Avila~ 
       Prayer for Peace
Lord, make me an instrument
of Thy peace. 

where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy. 

O Divine Master, grant that I may not
so much seek to be consoled, as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be
loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that
we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to 
Eternal Life............
                            ~Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi ~





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Tributes and Condolences
I wish I could have known you   / Kristy Keeler (I wish I could have known you )
I never had the chance to meet Sam, I have only known Sam for a short time. But as I read this tribute I am for one sobbing, sobbing at the outpouring of love for someone who meant and touched people so profundly. It reminds me that this is what...  Continue >>
To my Grandson Jun Bug   / Sally Martinez (Nana)
It should be me waiting for you at Heaven's Gate, instead you wait for me. How can that be? And yet, I truly believe that the bond we have, between grandmother and grandson, will live on, forever, in the power of the Holy Spirit, through Jesus ...  Continue >>
Thinking of you   / Whitney (Friend (high school) )
Always in my thoughts. I came across our notes today while cleaning out a box. Thanks for always being a great friend!! xoxo
Happy, Happy Birthday   / Nina (Friend)
You are always in my thoughts & prayers Thank you I truely do, have much love for you Please never forget me, for I will NEVER forget you
God Bless   / Marina Ontiveros (friend)
I only got to spend a very little time with Sammy. But the impat that he had made, and continues to make on my life is sooooo beautiful! Every day, I spend thanking the Lord and Sammy. And I make sure, every day that Sammy knows I LOVE...  Continue >>
FROM ONE GRIEVING MOM TO ANOTHER  / Debi/mom To Cassandra Baker (GP)    Read >>
i miss u jr!  / Angelica Ruiz (cousin)    Read >>
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His legacy
Sam wrote in his Memory Book~ Period (4 ) 5-04-03 Mrs.Burke  


    I have both witnessed and seen a lot of things in my life.  I've had my ups and downs, and I've made a lot of mistakes.  But no matter what I have over come all obstacles in my life.  Life is what you make it and I plan to make the best of it.
    My plans for future development of both my mind and body are to harness the lessons taught to me through life and never take a mistake for granted.  Mistakes happen for a reason, there is a reason why you were there when tragedy struck, or why whatever incidents may have happened to you did.  Every aspect of life leads to one great conclusion, and if you have paid attention to life's lessons then you will be ready to face that final obstacle knowing that you are prepared for anything.
    Many are afraid of death, and this I don't understand.  I am not afraid of death; I find it pointless to be afraid of something you can't control.  If you fear heights you stay close to the ground, if you fear water you stay on land, but what do you do to feel secure about death.  Death is inescapable, you can't hide from death, you can't put it off, and you can't make it skip over you.  What you can do is accept that everything eventually runs it's coarse and soon it will be time to go.  This is when you will receive some sense of clarity, and will die into eternal life.
    See I don't know where I will end up twenty years from now, but I do know I will be ready to face it like a man and not fear what my future has in store for me.  I will live as if today was my last.  I will remember that yesterday is a memory, today is what we live for, and that tomorrow may never come.  I will prove those who doubt me wrong.  I will show those who are afraid there's nothing to fear.  There's only one thing I am unsure of, where do we go from here?
                                           Sammy Ruiz
Sam wrote in his Memory Book ~Period (4 ) 5-04-03 Mrs.Burke  
                                Thoughts on Love

    My thoughts on love come from many different times in my life where I have confronted the question on whether I was in love or not.  Most often I can't tell if love is the right word to use, for it seems too personal, too sentimental, and at times too emotional.
    To me love is a route people take to hate.  Though this is not always the case, for some people find great joy and/or eternal happiness in falling in love.  But there are those who can't relate to love and just know that love is a word that their significant other wants to flow over their lips as they are gazing into each other's eyes.  Not only are those confused with love as an emotion, but also they often confuse love with another four lettered "L" word, lust.
    Lust has all the symptoms of love except it has a two to three week life span.  I consider lust to be the darker side of love.  They share all the same emotions, except lust leaves those who fall into it deeper in frustration.  I say this because they realize all of the feelings they thought were real and the sensation in seeing that other person was one big lie, than they understand that they have just played themselves for a fool.
    Love can be the biggest joy of all,while at the same time be the worst drug ever.  Love has the ability to control you, like no matter how hard you fight it its always going to be one step ahead of you.  I have only known the darker side of love but wish that one day I could, finally, enjoy the lighter side of love.  The love portrayed in movies, poems, books, and songs.  I also wonder if it will hit me hard and fast, or if it will slowly take me over and open my eyes to the wonders of compassion, enabling me to look forward to each new day.  Until then I will consider the endless possibilities that will arise when time stops and love is born inside of me.
                           Sammy Ruiz

                         TO MY BROTHER, I miss you brother   
                                   Sal at the crash site

                                      IN LOVING MEMORY OF
                                     SAMUEL DANNY RUIZ JR.
                                              JUNE 27,1986
                                              JUNE 27,2005
                                          Ode to My Brother
                                                           By Salvador Ruiz

                                  Here he has changed
                                          Through shattered glass
                                  My Brother has flown back home
                                  Now, Subsequent to future and past
                                  Here I now stand
                                     With his weight against my back
                                  His weight against my back!
                                  Oh, God! My soul must remain
                                         All the Same
                                  With courage to stay intact
                                  Here he has changed
                                        To where
                                  I cannot touch, feel,hear,
                                        Nor see!
                                  Oh, God Why must my Brother.
My heart, soul, and guide
                                  MY BROTHER!
                                          Oh, why must he 
                                          Be taken away from me? 
                                  Here I now stand 
                                           Where I wash my feet
                                  In his river of blood
                                  Oh, God! Here I swear to you
                                           HIS AND MY LOVE!
                                   Here he has changed
                                           Leaving a scar upon my eyes
                                   Oh, God! HE HAS CHANGED!
                           Changed to where I see his falling star 
                                           Falling at sunrise.....


Junior would want everyone to know the most important truth in life is our Lord Jesus Christ that He came to die for all of our sins  and set things right on the earth restoring our relationship with our heavenly Father. 

It is not religion or church, it is a love he found in our Lord Jesus, unconditional love accepting Junior just as he was.  In a world that judges by appearance and status, Junior unconditionally returned love even to the ones who judged him.  Do not judge others for WHO are you to judge.  Only God is worthy.   Please if you get one thing out of this site I hope its God loves everyone equally.  So when you judge others know your judging Gods child!  THINK ABOUT HOW THAT MAKES GOD FEEL. 
"Jesus Poster" Print
God was looking for some great men to carry out his work, Junior you were one of them that he had chosen, although you will be missed down here, God see it fit for you to be by his side. Sometimes things happen that we have no control over, it is then that God is handling everything, although we will ask why, deep down inside we know that God will only choose those he wants to work for him.  Junior you will always live on in those that love you.  My memory of you will always be of a Well Grounded, Honorable and Loving Son.



Jesus said, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Jesus said. "No one can come to the Father except through me" (John 14:6).

Jesus said. 
"I am the resurrection and the life. Those who believe in me, even though they die like everyone else, will live again. They are given eternal life for believing in me and will never perish" (John 11:25-26).

You can receive Christ right now  
You can receive Christ right now. Remember that Jesus says, "I'm standing at the door and I'm knocking. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in" (Revelation 3:20). Would you like to respond to his invitation? Here's how.

The precise words you use to commit yourself to God are not important. He knows the intentions of your heart. If you are unsure of what to pray, this might help you put it into words:

"Jesus, I want to know you. I want you to come into my life. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sin so that I could be fully accepted by you. Only you can give me the power to change and become the person you created me to be. Thank you for forgiving me and giving me eternal life with God. I give my life to you. Please do with it as you wish. Amen."
If you sincerely asked Jesus into your life just now, then he has come into your life as he promised. You have begun a personal relationship with God.

What follows is a lifelong journey of change and growth as you get to know God better through Bible reading, prayer and interaction with other Christians.

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