David Arnold Benavides went to be with the Lord on July 13, 2021 at the age of 74 surrounded by his children. David was born on December 27, 1946 in San Antonio, Texas to Eloise Garza Benavides and Dave Winn Benavides. He is preceded in death by his father Dave Winn Benavides. He is survived by his mother, Eloise Garza Benavides; daughters, Tammy Marie Benavides, Tara Michelle (Michael) Jarrell, Catherine Ruth (Justin) Tome; son, David Arnold (Dinorah) Benavides Jr.; mother of his children, Gwendolyn Diane Lewis; brother, Jerome Benavides(Sherry); sister, Katherine (Gerard) Ghnassia, Alma E. (Patrick) Garcia; grandchildren, Sean Jarrell, Shelby Jarrell, Jarrod Tome, Dylan Tome, Logan Benavides, Eleazar Santos, Ezequiel Santos; numerous extended family and friends.
David's ancestors farmed and ranched in Medina, Wilson and Bexar counties, along the area sometimes referred to as "La Medina", and for generations also operated small grocery stores adjacent to the Hemisfair Park neighborhood. David was a graduate of Brackenridge High School, St. Mary's University School of Law where he was a member of the Rho Chi Fraternity. He served in the U.S. Army, he was commissioned as a 1st Lt. upon his graduation from St. Mary's University. He separated from the U.S. Army as a Captain. After receiving his law degree, he practiced in state and federal courts. His memberships in the past included the San Antonio Bar Association, Texas Bar Association, Texas Bar Association of San Antonio and Texas, American Trial Lawyers Associations San Antonio, Texas Criminal Defense Lawyers Association and The Federal Bar Association. He has been a member of, on the board of directors of, and served as council for several local charitable organizations. David is a life member of the Disabled American Veterans, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Special Forces Association, Alamo Silver Wings Airborne Association, Royal Order of Jesters, National Rifle Association, a member of the Masonic Lodge in Helotes, TX, a member of the Alzafar Shrine, Shrine Clown Association, and Shriners international. He has brought smiles to children as a shrine clown since 1986 and worked at fundraisers for the Shrine Orthopedic hospitals and Shrine Burn Centers as well as competing in state and national Shrine clown competitions. David was a long-time member of Los Bexarenos Genealogical and Historical Society, a Son of the Republic of Texas and a re-enactor of Tejano History. He has been recognized for his many accomplishments throughout his life to include a National Defense Service Medal, Parachutist Badge, Sharp Shooter and other recognitions.
He loved and lived for life's many adventures with family and friends; hunting, fishing, camping, motorcycle rides, leather crafting, re-loading, canoeing, genealogy and sharing his love of historic events. History and genealogy have been an important part of David's later years, having participated in family genealogy research and historical reenactments of Texas historical and military events from the 1700s and 1800s. His presence in our lives will be dearly missed by those who knew and loved him. May his soul rest in peace.
Family and friends will meet on Wednesday July 28, 2021 for an 11:00 AM Rosary at St. Paul's Catholic church followed by a 11:30 AM Mass. Procession will depart for a 1:45 PM graveside service at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery (shelter#5) In lieu of flowers donations may be made at the funeral home. Arrangements with