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Benjamin B. “Benny” Garcia


1933 - 2015 Obituary Condolences

Benny Garcia was born in La Luz, New Mexico on July 31, 1933. He died peacefully at home from complications of Parkinson's Disease on Feb. 13, 2015, with his loving wife of 58 years, JoAnn, at his side.

In addition to JoAnn, he is mourned by his five children and their spouses: John (Carla), Mark (Janis), Jeanne (Michael), Lisa (Bob) and Stephen (Lise). He is also mourned by his 15 grandchildren, his nine great grandchildren. He is survived by his brothers Albert (Bessie), Tomas (Dora), and Paul (Lucy); his sisters Ernestina (Billy) Bassford, Bertha (Joe) Carabajal and Helen (Mickey) Melendez, along with many nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Juan R. and Pauline M. Garcia; brothers Solomon and Theodore, and sisters Agnes Gutierrez and Beatrice Granados.

Benny excelled at sports at Alamogordo High School. He was a member of the 1950 AHS State Championship football team. The team was coached by Rolla Buck, and some of his teammates included Byron Caton, Gus Najera, Bobby Lee, Sato Lee, Ignacio Cedillos and Bobby Fritz. Benny also excelled at track and field, where he set the New Mexico state record for javelin in 1951. Benny received a track scholarship to Arizona State University, where he continued to throw the javelin for four years. Thereafter, he became a member of the 1956 United States Olympic Team. He competed in Melbourne, Australia, where he placed eighth in javelin.
Benny served honorably in the U.S. Navy. He was an avid handball player and golfer.

We will honor our hero, our mentor and our beloved Tata by passing on his kindness.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Child Society (www.christchildsocietyphoenix.org) or St. Vincent de Paul Society (www.stvincentdepaul.net).

A rosary will be held on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 7 p.m., with a viewing at 6 p.m., at Whitney and Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, Ariz.
A celebration of life mass will be held on Friday, Feb. 20, at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 7655 E. Main St., Scottsdale, Ariz., followed by his burial at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St., Phoenix.

Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 18 to Mar. 17, 2015
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