Benjamin "Big Ben" Villalpando(.)

Benjamin "Big Ben" Villalpando March 25, 1952 - September 21, 2012 Benjamin was born in Edinburg, Texas on March 25, 1952 and passed away on September 21, 2012 in Lamont, California. "Big Ben" was raised in Lamont, California and resided in Arvin, California for 39 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, and a friend to many. He was a very devoted Dallas Cowboy fan. "Big Ben" enjoyed coaching little league for over 30 years and was also the President of the Arvin Little League for a couple of years. He is preceded in death by one brother. He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Maria Guadalupe Villalpando, 7 children, 18 grandchildren, 1 great-grandchild, 3 sisters, many nieces, nephews, and cousins, plus thousands of friends. Viewing will be held on Friday, September 28, 2012 from 4-9pm and rosary at 7pm at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Arvin. Mass of Christian burial will be held on Saturday, September 29, 2012 at 8am, also at St. Thomas Catholic Church. Interment will follow at South Kern Cemetery District-Arvin. Alma Funeral Home & Crematory

Published in Bakersfield Californian on Sept. 28, 2012