July 1, 1964—May 10, 2020
Daniel Cruz Bonillas, age 55, passed away Sunday, May 10. He was the loving husband of 15 years to Marial Bonillas and father to six children.
Born an Imperial Valley native in El Centro and the son of loving parents Irma Yolanda and Gonzalo Bonillas.
Mr. Bonillas was a United States Army Veteran who served his country valiantly for six years. He graduated from Imperial High School, later attending Grossmont College in Southern California. Mr. Bonillas courageously served the community in public safety as a firefighter and first responder for 29 years, five months for the City of Brawley. During his career, Mr. Bonillas was a Hazardous Device Technician since 2001 and part of the Imperial County Arson and Bomb Unit. Mr. Bonillas was also a Hazardous Material Technician and part of the Imperial Valley Emergency Assistance Team (IVHEAT) since 1994. Mr. Bonillas honorably closed his career as the Captain of the Brawley Fire Department.
Mr. Bonillas was a member of First Southern Baptist Church in Imperial, and previous member of Valley Baptist Church in Brawley. He professed his faith in Jesus Christ in 2010, his favorite church song was, “How Great Thou Art.” He lived out Micah 6:8, “practice justice, love mercy, and walk humbly with your God.”
Mr. Bonillas enjoyed sports, played golf, baseball, and football — in which he made star quarterback in high school. He was also a proud Pittsburgh Steelers fan. He continued his passion for sports into college as catcher of the baseball team. Additionally, Mr. Bonillas contributed to his community and enriched his children’s lives as a volunteer school league coach for baseball, softball, and volleyball. He was also a Community 4H leader with Magnolia 4H in Brawley and Star Route 4H in Westmorland. Mr. Bonillas will be best remembered as a loving husband, devoted father, cherished son, trusted brother, and good friend to many. A man of courage and integrity. His best-known quote; “Do not worry about what you cannot control.”
Cruz is survived by his wife, Marial Bonillas; his children, Jessica Bonillas, Kaylah Moreno, Dayanara Bonillas, Daniel Bonillas Jr., Donahvin Bonillas, and Demi Ocean Bonillas; his parents, Irma Yolanda and Gonzalo Bonillas; his siblings, Jesse and Richard Bonillas; his nieces and nephews, Nicole Elmore, Darryl Elmore, Jordan Elmore, Arron Bonillas, and Ryan Bonillas; his aunts, Lupe Bonillas and Susanna Cordell; and his cousins, Joe Cordell and Albert Cordell.
Visitation will be Wednesday, May 20, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Frye Chapel & Mortuary in Brawley. A funeral service will be Thursday, May 21, at 10:30 a.m. at Frye Chapel with Pastor Matt Mincher officiating. Cruz will be buried after the service at 11 a.m. at Riverview Cemetery in Brawley.