Benny Ibarra

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Benny C. Ibarra, 64, of Fort Lupton, peacefully entered eternal life early March 3. He was the ninth child of Barbarito and Delfina C. Ibarra.
Benny was a passionate man who took great joy in working for the city of Fort Lupton. His career began June 12, 1979, where he was led to become a highly skilled heavy equipment operator. Due to health issues, he was forced to retire after 34 years May 31, 2013.
Benny was a member of and played bass guitar for Friends in Christ, a Catholic choir formed in 1978) for St. William Catholic Church and Brother to Brother, a contemporary Christian gospel group formed in early 2000. Immediate and extended family members formed both groups to reach into the community and various churches ministering in God's word and music. His hobbies included carpentry, playing bass guitar, cruising and camping and took great joy in helping others.
Survivors include his children, of whom he was extremely loving and proud, Ben Ibarra and Francine (Andres) Navarro; his grandchildren, Kimimela Ibarra, Ricardo Gaytan Jr., Andres and Shyanne Navarro; five godchildren, Tammy Lovato, Debra Martinez, Tommy Tijerina, Sonny Gonzalez, Anthony Martinez and Mari Perales; his ex-wife and best friend; Margie Ibarra, of Fort Lupton; his siblings, Barbarito Ibarra Jr. of Findlay, Ohio, Maria (Clemente) Esparza, Toni (Victor) Lopez, Stella (Abel) Leal, Rose (Jesse) Tijerina and Manuel (Juanita) Ybarra, of Fort Lupton, and Gabriel (Veronica) Ibarra, of Pueblo; brother-in-law, Robert Gonzales, of Fort Lupton; as well as his many loving nieces, nephews and close friends he considered his family in Christ.
His parents; siblings, Andres Ibarra, Jerry Ibarra, Petra Villagomez and Lupe Gonzales; a godson, Anthony Martinez; and a brother-in-law; Clemente Esparza, preceded him in death.
A heartfelt thank you to Avamere Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Center and to Front Range Hospice staff for being compassionate and personable during our dad's last days; the city of Fort Lupton for blessing him with a great career; his brothers in Christ who lifted him while weak; our community friends and family for offering prayer, support and donating food. St. William Catholic Church, The Healing Place Worship Center and Tabor-Rice Funeral Home for providing exemplary ease in arrangements.
A Rosary and a Mass of Christian burial were March 10 at St. William Catholic Church in Fort Lupton. A reception followed.
Per Benny's request, he will be laid to rest in a private ceremony.
Tabor-Rice Funeral Home handled the arrangements.
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Published in Commerce City Sentinel Express on Mar. 20, 2018