Benjamin Frank Castro
Sept. 22, 1936 - Jan. 1, 2014
Ben Castro, 77, passed away January 1, 2014, in Clayton CA. Judi Castro, his wife of 47 years preceded him in death on March 21, 2007. Ben was the proud and loving father of David (Eveline) Castro of Clayton, CA: Bonnie (Scott) Holt of Alamo, CA: Becki Castro of Las Vegas, NV: and Nan (Rick) Munoz of Martinez, CA. Ben was a grandfather to Nick Castro, Kristin Castro, Tanya Holt, Matt Holt, Cody Munoz, Zachary Munoz, Nathaniel Munoz and Jameson Munoz. Ben was a great grandfather to Hailey Rogers and Jakob Castro. Ben is also survived by his sisters, Dolores Wells of Pleasant Hill, Barbara Folse of San Leandro, Juanita Brown of San Leandro and brother Henry Castro of Martinez, preceded in death by Margie Peterman. Ben was born September 22, 1936 to John and Hazel Castro and grew up in Oakland. Ben joined the US Navy
in 1955 after graduating from Castlemont High School in Oakland. Ben met the love of his, Judi Lowe, and were married on February 14, 1960. They immediately started a loving and nurturing family home in Concord and moved to Alamo in 1977. Ben spent his career in the underground pipeline industry working for ARB Inc. in Pittsburg, CA and MGM Construction in Concord, CA before retiring in 1990. In 2000, after living a few years in Santa Cruz, CA and a lot of time in Oregon, Ben and Judi made the move of their dreams to Bend, Oregon where they enjoyed the slower pace, fresh air and cultivating wonderful new friendships with old and new friends. Ben was a member of several social organizations including the California Native Sons, the Concord Elks Lodge
and the Diablo Yacht Club. After moving to Bend, Ben and Judi remained very active with the Bend Moose Lodge and Bend Elks Lodge where they were very involved in the Elks RV Group, they enjoyed taking their motor home anywhere and everywhere, including any Casino along the way. Ben's hobbies and loves were many, first was mom, then photography, golfing, bowling, camping, fishing, RVing and bargain hunting. Oh, the bargain hunting. After Judi's passing, Ben discovered his passion for cooking. He spent many a day watching the cooking channels and trying new recipes. He never disappointed whether he was making you dinner or bringing something to a potluck. If a man's wealth is judged by the friends he has, then Ben left us, a very, very wealthy man. He will be truly missed. We love you dad!
Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing on January 7, 2014 between 5 PM and 8 PM, and Funeral Services will be held January 8, 2014 at 10am at the Oakmont Memorial Park, 2009 Reliez Valley Rd, Lafayette, CA. A celebration of Ben's life will follow.