Benito Cervantes
1954 - 2020
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Benito Cervantes, Jr. a long-time resident & humanitarian of King County, sadly, died unexpectedly on Thursday, May 28, 2020, after suffering a heart attack. He was 65 years old.

Sometimes soft-spoken, he was quick-witted and always railing against the hopelessness of institutional indifference. He long held a desire to teach people the importance to live as a community, infused with love for ourselves and our fellow human beings. He was a committed advocate providing a voice for the voiceless; providing strength for the defenseless; and caring for the forgotten.

Benito was born on August 7, 1954, in Whatcom County, Washington, to Benito Sr. and Irene Cervantes. He graduated from Washington State University in 1976 with a degree in Criminal Justice. He would later use his degree to secure a job in the 1990's with the King County Adult Detention facility in Seattle, which employed him as a corrections officer for quite a number of years.

He left that area of law enforcement in 2000 and was hired by the King County Department of Public Defense as an experienced criminal investigator. He concentrated much of his highly skilled practice on complex felony litigation which included assignments to several capital cases over the years as lead investigator. He was a consummate professional who formed lasting friendships and held himself to the highest standards of quality and service inside public defense.

In those rare moments of self-reflection, Benito never wavered in his principled belief that we are all worthy, whether or not we succeed at things in life. We all have purpose. He courageously clung to the belief that life is not merely a series of meaningless accidents or coincidences. But rather, a tapestry of events that culminate in an exquisite, sublime plan.

Benito enjoyed riding his motorcycle, swimming, his sauna, and spending time with his family. His personality was one of a kind. He brought a smile to everyone's face. He epitomized kindness and offered a helping hand to anyone he encountered. He was a true friend that will live on in the many hearts that he touched.

Benito leaves three children, Isiah, Evan and Jack, and a lifetime of personal accomplishments to fill a book. He is also survived by two brothers, Sergio and Ralph; his four surviving sisters, Sylvia, Grace, Norma and Lucila; his many nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and a collective of friends and acquaintances of every color.

Between birth and death, what he was able to accomplish in the middle was legion. He leaves behind a legacy of compassion which will forever define his life. He lived life passionately and independently, and for those who were lucky to have known him, they are blessed.

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Published in The Seattle Times from Jun. 10 to Jun. 30, 2020.
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June 19, 2020
Benito was a kind, gentle, loyal, generous, hard-working and funny man. And, he could dance better than anyone I know!
Three years ago, right after my mother died, Benito came to our house and washed our windows both Inside and out. He wouldnt take any payment for doing this but rather said it was his way of contributing to the care of my mother! This is the kind of man Benito was and I had the honor and privilege of knowing him. He was family a brother.
I am so saddened by Benitos passing and my heart goes out to his family. He was one of those angels who live among us and now he has his wings in heaven!♥
Sue Frank
June 15, 2020
Truly one Of the most wonderful People I have known.
A smile that embraced you, kind words that uplifted you and a spirit of generosity that humbled you, Benito was this to me and so much more.
A part of our family for so many years, he was Like a brother to us all. Everyone time I speak his name or think of him I feel his spirit with me, I know I always will. His is the one of a kind spirit that will stay with you forever. Love you Benito, Bunny
Bunny Vena
June 14, 2020
To Benitos family and more specifically his 3 sons, I knew Benito through my sister who had the blessing of working with him & becoming friends with this amazing human.
As a single mom raising a son I, we had many challenges and my son did time. During one of the many talks my sis would have with Benito she mentioned my then young adult son to him. Benito being Benito reached out to my son to help him get back on his feet with a job cleaning windows. That was a life saving gesture for my son and for me it was such a relief knowing my son was connected to such a positive, caring role model with a great sense of humor. My son & Benito had many talks about life and about being an accountable human on this Earth. Benito was amazing. My son would share with me what Benito taught him. Things he didnt learn from his own dad.
I believe someone elses post on here was perfect. Benito was at peace because he had the love of his 3 sons, who were the world to him. Any day is a good day to die when you have that. And we are all going to die, LIVE WELL!
Be like Benito.
My sincerest condolences to Benitos familia. Benito broke the mold & Im so blessed that my son & I were able to know him! Fly high with those wings, Benito. You did great on this Earth!
Patricia Flores
June 10, 2020
l loved this man like a brother. We we were friends and also worked many cases together for the past 25 years. We taught and supported each other personally and professionally. He would call me and we would spend hours talking and laughing about just about everything. He loved his children and would tell me stories bout his boys. We helped each other with our cases and he would cover for me when I was unavailable to process serve or do a witness locate. He had a great sense of humor and made me laugh and feel good about myself. When I expressed fear of the virus coming for me he told me, among other things, not be afraid because any day is good a good day to die if your children love you and are safe. I can't believe this wonderful, sweet man will no longer be in my life. I am going to miss him so much! My condolences to all his family.
June 10, 2020
Hands down one of my favorite human beings to be related to, proud to call my cousin. Benny you have made a ever lasting impression on my life and upon hearing your name will always bring a smile to my face. I love and you will be greatly missed, rest well my cousin.
Rick Cervantes
June 10, 2020
Benny was kind, soft-spoken, and fun. My family and I are so sad about his passing. He will never be forgotten.
Kattie Bush (Norma's sister-in-law
June 10, 2020
Benito and Evan were a grace to my home. I had many a fruitful conversation with Benito. I'm so sad..i just had him on my heart this week and now he's gone. My last encounter with Benito was an opportunity i had to give him a few steaks of Salmon...It was like i gave him his favorite candy! Evan..come see us! We will miss your dad!
June 10, 2020
Euel and I would like to extend our deepest sympathy for the loss of your father, Benito. He was a very nice man.
Sincerely, Euel and Mary Atkinson
Euel and Mary Atkinson
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