Baltazar “BJ” Cardenas

01/06/1929 - 11/26/2019


Baltazar “BJ” Cardenas passed away Tuesday, November 26, 2019. The family will host a praise and worship celebration on Thursday at 6:00 pm followed by a reception at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. We will celebrate his life of 90 years at 2:00 pm on Friday, November 29, 2019, at Emmanuel Worship Center. Friends are invited to share memories and expressions of sympathy for the family to cherish in the space provided below.
Baltazar was born on January 6, 1929, to Joaquin and Felipa Cardenas in Montemorelos, Mexico. Baltazar married Elvia Salas Cardenas on September 27, 1952, in Linares, Mexico. He immigrated to the United States with his wife and two children in April of 1955. He came seeking a better life. He worked in the fields, even traveling to the North from McAllen, Texas to Northern Illinois and Indiana to the labor camps and return to South Texas during the harvest season. Later he worked at the Texas Compress in Seagraves, Texas, for almost 20 years. He then moved to Colorado with his family and worked at The Northern Feed and Bean Plant and harvesting onions, cucumbers, potatoes, weeded sugar beets, and peanuts. After that, he opened several restaurants in North Glenn, CO, Loop, Plains, Lamesa, and Denver City, Texas. Baltazar gave his life to Jesus Christ on November 20, 1966. He and his children began the La Familia Cardenas Ministries, singing and preaching through several states. They traveled to California, Colorado, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Kansas, and even as far as North Carolina. He dedicated his life to bringing lives to the Lord, and he did that even until his death bed. He loved his family, and he desired that his family, children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren would continue serving the Lord and spreading the Gospel. He prayed for each of them every day and even counseled them in the knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Survivors include his six daughters, Norma Cardenas Cedillo and husband, Diego; Martha Guerra, Rosa Rodriguez, Elsa, and Roberto Diaz; Cecilia and Vidal Sanchez; Patricia and Domingo Lopez; and Gabey and Kennith Sanchez; three sons, Francisco and Karin Cardenas; Julio and Viki Cardenas; Miguel and Denise Cardenas; twenty-eight grandchildren; and twenty-four great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Joaquin and Felipa Cardenas; wife, Elvia Gloria Cardenas; son, Baltazar Cardenas, Jr.; and son-in-law, Jose Luis Guerra.

Funeral Praise and Prayer Service

Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:6:00 pm
End Time:7:00 pm


Location: Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers
Start Time:7:00 pm
End Time:8:00 pm

Funeral Service

Location: Emmanuel Worship Center
Start Time:2:00 pm
End Time:3:00 pm


15 Comments on “Baltazar “BJ” Cardenas”

  1. Sending our condolences to the Cardenas family . Our thoughts and prayers are with each and everyone of the family in this difficult time. Love you all from Joe Kino and family .

  2. Our Sincere condolences to the family. I know he will be greatly missed by all. Thank you, for sharing all the pictures on Facebook of your daddy with your children and grandchildren. May he rest in peace. Love, Tia Emma& Tio Rick Garcia

  3. On behalf of myself and Mariachi Estrella our sincere and heart felt condolences to the family. We remember him having fun at his surprise birthday party. Such a happy and joyful talented individual. Our prayers to the family. It was a pleasure to know him.

  4. My thoughts and prayers are with you all during this time. The Patriarch of a beautiful family who is now with his beloved wife, so many memories of them and the entire Cardenas family. Lots of love and blessings.

  5. El dolor cuando parte un ser querido es algo muy natural por que somos humanos con una alma que siente, pero temenos Tambien El Espiritu Santo nuestro consolador, a la familia cardenas, que Dios os consuele y fortalesca, gracias a Dios por este varon que fue fiel hasta el ultimo Segundo de su vida, siempre le recordare como un hermano que nunca fur negative siempre positive confiando En El Señor.

  6. Prayers for your precious family. He will always be with you through your love and wonderful memories.

  7. I didn’t know Baltazar, but I have worked alongside his Son Francisco in a wheelchair ministry. He is evidence of godly parents and a loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  8. I love this man and his family! I taught many of his grandchildren and I have such fond memories of him sitting on the benches at Parsons Elementary waiting to pick them up from school. He was always kind and very dedicated to his family. What a wonderful life full of love!

  9. My sincere condolences to the Cardenas family, your dad was a great man of God. He is rejoicing with His Creator!?
    Praying the Lord gives you all peace and comfort! Hugs to all, and especially my friend Norma! Blessings!

  10. What a wonderful example of faith and devotion your father was not only to you his immediate family but for everyone that had the privelage of knowing him. Jesus was his life. We mourn with you according to scripture and we also rejoice with you knowing that your father is in the presence of the Lord.”Beautiful in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saint s”
    Please receive our most sincere and heartfelt condolences.
    Pastor ‘s Tito & Dori Ortega

  11. My sincere condolences to the Cardenas family, Stay strong and know that God is loving God he chooses the beautiful people to over see us and keep us safe . This is the time to rejoice in him and know that he is with us always . Prayers up to all of you.My thoughts and Prayers are with you always .

    Tammy Chatman

  12. To be absent in the body is to be present with the Lord. Frank, I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

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