Ben F. Marquez (1954 - 2018)

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Ben F. Marquez, 63, passed away on May 30, 2018.
He was born Sept. 24, 1954, to Napoleon Marquez and Mary Eulalia Tafoya. Ben was raised by his maternal grandparents, Felix and Maria Casimira Tafoya, and his paternal grandfather, Bentura "Pape" Marquez. He was blessed to have many loving and caring aunts and uncles who had a special place in their hearts for him.
When Ben met his wife, Clarabel, the Jaramillo family took him in as their son and brother.
Ben is survived by his wife, Clarabel Marquez, his parents-in-law, Adreien and Lugarda Jaramillo, daughters Adreiena Armijo and Annmarie Villegas. His sons-in-law, Kelly Armijo, Zeke Villegas, and daughter-in-law Melinda Chavez.
He is also survived by his grandchildren, who loved him tremendously and would send Grampy to "timeout" when he got too possessive of the TV remote control.His loving grandchildren are Cameron and Cody Armijo, Ezequiel, Annalise, and Jonah Villegas.
Ben is also survived by his sisters Anna and Concha Marquez, his brothers-in-law: Phillip Jaramillo (Martha), Celestino Jaramillo (Annabelle), Joseph Albert Jaramillo (May), Adrian Jaramillo (Francine) and sister-in-law Virginia Jaramillo.
He is preceded in death by his beloved son, Jeremy Jude Marquez; his grandparents, parents, and sister, Adelita Marquez and his brothers-in-law, Don and Michael Jaramillo.
Ben's career in law enforcement began with the Las Vegas Police Department as a patrolman and detective sergeant. He later was chief of security at the United World College, where he met and coordinated security for many dignitaries, including Prince Charles.
He then worked as an investigator with the New Mexico Attorney General's office and as regional manager for the New Mexico Child Support Enforcement Division. Ben was proud of the work he did as a member of the Blue-Ribbon Commission on the Welfare of Children of Jailed and Incarcerated Parents.
He was also involved with the Kiwanis, where he once served as president of the Sunrise Kiwanis; a member of the Fraternal Order of Police and University Police Chiefs. He was a Eucharistic minister at Immaculate Conception Church.
Ben will forever be remembered for his love of cooking, eating good food, fishing, and spending time with his grandkids.
Visitation will be held at Rogers Mortuary, Tuesday June 5, 2018, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Rosary services will be held at Immaculate Conception at 7 p.m. on June 5, with a funeral at 9 a.m. Wednesday, June 6, 2018, with Father George Salazar as Celebrant.
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Published in Las Vegas Optic on June 2, 2018