"Jose" Adalberto Cruz-Hurtado was 62 years old. (Photo courtesy of Adalberto-Cruz family)
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A dedicated groundsman died Thursday of complications related to COVID-19.

“Jose” Adalberto Cruz-Hurtado worked at TCU for the past 13 years. His death was announced in an email to the TCU community by Vice-Chancellor and Chief Human Resources Officer Yohna Chambers on Friday.

Cruz-Hurtado is survived by his wife of 38 years, three children and four grandchildren.

Randy Chambers, a grounds supervisor at TCU, remembered Cruz-Hurtado for how caring he was.

“Jose was caring and dedicated to his job, but most of all to his family,” Randy Chambers wrote in an email.

Cruz-Hurtado was born in Mexico City and migrated to the United States in 1985. He arrived at TCU in 2008 and recently spent the last seven years as an equipment operator on campus.

In her email, Yohna Chambers wrote that Cruz-Hurtado “meticulously maintained” the grounds in the Campus Commons and Dee J. Kelly Alumni and Visitors Centers.

Randy Chambers echoed these comments.

“Jose’s qualities were many, but there was nothing he enjoyed more than completing a task or job and looking at his work, confident that it was a job well done,” Randy Chambers wrote.

Cruz-Hurtado’s wife and two oldest children worked alongside him at the university.

His funeral service is scheduled for 10:30 a.m. on Feb. 1, at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, 201 Thornhill Dr. Burial will take place at Laurel Land Funeral Home following the service.

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Shannon Murphy is a journalism and political science double major from San Jose, California. Outside the classroom she enjoys traveling, drinking coffee, and reading about politics or history.