Seth Cruz, 13, of Spring Lake, North Carolina passed away on Wednesday, February 7th, 2024.\n\nSeth was born to Michael and Kathryn Cruz on May 4, 2010, in Nashville, Tennessee. Seth was preceded in death by 5 great-grandparents, Lupe and Beatrice Cruz, Mary Elizabeth and Merle J. Cook, Carolyn Riney, and his Papa Kevin Swanson.\n\nSeth leaves behind many cherished memories with numerous family members and friends that span several states including Tennessee, Illinois, North and South Carolina, Texas, Washington, California, and Florida.\n\nSeth loved spending time with his friends and family. Seth and Katie shared a love of art and often painted together. He enjoyed spending one-on-one time with Katie by taking her on Mother/Son dates. From a very young age, he aspired to follow in his father's footsteps by enlisting in the United States Army. He was vigorously preparing himself by studying for the ASVAB and challenging his body by participating in ruck marches. He also had a passion for coding and computers. He was an exceptional gamer and enjoyed competing against one of his closest friends, Riley. Most often Seth could be found confiding in and conspiring with his partner in crime and cousin, Abbey. He always enjoyed his time bonding with Gavin over their love of bowling, which would quickly lead to some crazy shenanigans.\n\nSeth had a deep admiration and love for animals, especially his ferret, Freja, and cat, Neko. He also cherished his time four-wheeling with his favorite "Little Bro", Waylon. He had a very diverse taste in music that ranged from Frank Sinatra and Bing Crosby to Eminem, but Mariah Carey's Christmas hit "All I Want for Christmas Is You" and "Only You (And You Alone)" by The Platters were his all-time favorite tunes. \n\nIn lieu of flowers the family requests that a donation be made in honor of Seth to Our Wild Neighbors Sanctuary at http://www.ourwildneighbors.org/donate or donations to the family can be made at https://gofund.me/9e746774 \n\nThere will be a Celebration of Life service honoring Seth on Saturday, February 17th, 2024 at 1 pm at the VFW Post 4542, 1241 Pine Knoll Drive, Spring Lake. Seth was never one to dress up because he always preferred to stay in his comfy pajama pants, especially if they were Christmas-themed. The family asks that everyone dress in their favorite pajamas pants or comfy clothes to truly honor Seth's character.\n\nSeth is survived by his parents; Katie and Michael Cruz, and great-grandpa Michael “Mickey” Riney, great grandmother Mary Repper and great grandfather William Repper. Grandparents; Cynthia Swanson, Jayce and Ted Welton, aunts and uncles; Heather and Thomas Myers, Candace Garcia, Kimberly and Andrew Howard, Amanda and Brian Greene, Taylor Welton, Aby and Blake Gonzales, Kaylin and Gregory Joye, and Ayden Castro, and numerous cousins that Seth cherished as well.