Thomas Edward Benavidez
Thomas Edward (Eddie) Benavidez known by many as "Doughboy," passed away on June 20, 2010. He is survived by his loving wife, Nita; two sons, Jake and Cole; daughter, Amanda; and grandson, Jake, Jr.; father, Thomas; mother, Medith; brother, Joseph; sister, Theresa; as well as grandmother, Natalie Dean; and many aunts and uncles. Eddie was a wonderful husband and father with many friends and extended family. Eddie loved John Wayne movies and everything Western, including listening to George Strait or music in general. He loved to go fishing, camping with his dad and anyone else he could get to go. He truly loved his trade. He had a great sense of humor that would lighten the mood of any room. He was truly magnetic in every sense of the word. Services to be held at the First Baptist Church in San Manuel on Friday June 25, 2010 at 2:00 p.m. Arrangements entrusted to DESERT SUNSET CREMATION AND FUNERAL SERVICES, Catalina, AZ, 520-818-0038.

Published by Arizona Daily Star on Jun. 23, 2010.
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There is not a time when family gets together that your name does not come up Eddie. We all miss you but we can now smile when we talk about or think of you. None of us can telll a story like you could . We all miss your sense of humor.
Cathi wright
June 12, 2013
Well brother, it's going on three years and it still seems like yesterday. Can't seem to get used to you being gone. Joey and I sure miss you. Love Tess
Theresa Benavidez
June 12, 2013
It has been one year today since Eddie left the loving arms of the family. I think of him often as I am sure others do. May our lives continue in a way that would have made him proud. He always had a sensative ear to listen,a broad shoulder to cry on and good advice. A lot has changed in the last year but my love and respect for you Eddie will never change. We all got together this Father's Day to remember you and the blessing you were to each and every one of us.
Cathi Wright
June 20, 2011
Today it's been 1 year since you left all of our family. Eddie we miss you and love you so much, there is not a day that you are not in mine and mikes thoughts and prayers
June 20, 2011
God bless you love and miss you your couson.
marylou del la rosa
June 19, 2011
From your loving couson.
margie benavidez
June 19, 2011
It's coming up on one year, and it has been the hardest for all of us. We miss you so much. I'm waiting for the day you and our Lord welcomes us at the pearly gates of heaven. We love you! Your sis Tess
Theresa Benavidez
June 18, 2011
To Eddie's family:
We met Eddie two years ago through his Uncle Jim's air conditioning business. We just found out yesterday from Jim about your loss. Our hearts and prayers go out to the entire family.
Marty and Linda Sanders, Tucson, AZ
Linda Sanders
September 1, 2010
Eddie you were the kindest, loving, most caring cousin! You were always there, with a broad shoulder, a listening ear, and a HUGE heart! You will be missed beyond words. Thank you for caring and sharing, your jokes, your advice, your life with me! Thank you for all the memories, growing up on Third Avenue with Grandad and Granny, eating cheeseburgers at the drugstore, and of course Mel's Drive In, vanilla cokes and lots of Pepsi! You are in the Makers hands now!
Denise Bieberstein
July 10, 2010
We are so sorry for your loss.DoughBoy was and always will be remembered in our hearts for his beautiful smile.
The Chambers Family
July 3, 2010
I met Ed and his family in 1986. I came out here from Maine and had no family out here at that time. Ed and his family became my family. I will always remember the stories he would tell me of growing up and living in a small town for most of his life. My prayers are with all the members of this close knit family. Good-bye to a man who was like a brother to me. God is blessed to have your smile with Him as all of those who knew you were blessed to know you.
Cathi Wright
July 1, 2010
Benavidez Family - Our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort you and give you peace during this difficult time.
Kelly Sloan
June 30, 2010
Nita, Theresa, Mr.& Mrs. Benavidez, Joe,& Mrs. Dean, I am so sorry for your loss! Eddie's smile was so big, you never seen him angry, he loved you all so much & made us his friends feel like family! Nita I know your pain as I also lost my husband contact me anytime if you need to talk & Theresa as a dear friend from 1st grade that goes for you too! You are in my prayers & thoughts what a devastating loss Eddie was the best! God Bless You All
Renee Nikkie (Cooper) Cannon
Renee Cooper-Cannon
June 30, 2010
Mr. & Mrs. Benavidez, Joe, Theresa, "Granny", & Nita,
I have so many happy memories of Eddie. He was always the light in the darkness...thank you so much for sharing him with us. May you feel the comforting arms of Jesus around all of you today and in the days that come.
Mary Ellen Pierson-Phillip
June 29, 2010

June 28, 2010
To my uncle Eddie which I'm going to miss so much! I love you.
Your Nephew,
Daniel Benavidez
Daniel Benavidez
June 28, 2010
Nita and the Benavidez Family,
Sorry to hear about the loss of Eddie, he was a good man with a big heart and smile. I will always remember our chats while hanging out at Dicus chevron. He will be missed. You are in our prayers.
Danny & Terri Derrick
June 26, 2010
Tommy,Nita and Family,
Sorry to hear about the loss of Eddie. I haven't seen Eddie in some time, but we go back to at least first grade. Your family meant so much to many people of the SM community throughout the years. My prayers will be with you.
Pat Sledge
June 25, 2010
Nita Jake Amanda Cole my heart shoulders a wide. I can not express to you what Eddie loss means to this family but I know you will forever have our support.
Barbara Moody
June 25, 2010
Nita, and family, our hearts are so broken to hear another family member went home to be with the LORD, it hurts because it was so unexpected. Tim and I are here for you, we love you and we extend our hearts to you all. Tim & Josie Dean
Tim Dean
June 25, 2010
Joe let not your heart be troubled for i am with always...
June 25, 2010
Nita, you and your family will always have my love and support. Eddie will be greatly missed.
Scott Moody
June 25, 2010
Our hearts go out to you at this time and in the days ahead.
Valerie David Nye
June 24, 2010
Nita & family, We are truly sorry for your loss. Please Know that we will keep you in our Prayers. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.

June 24, 2010
Nita, Theresa, and family, My prayers are with all of you at this difficult time...stay strong and may God Bless. Barb Collins Kranking
June 24, 2010
Nita and Theresa and family, my sincere condolences to the loss of Eddie....such a treasure. Our prayers are with you all, may God bless all of you.

Barb Collins Kranking
June 24, 2010
Nita, Theresa & heart goes out to all of you at this difficult time. I am so sorry for your loss. Eddie will be so missed by many. May the God of all comfort hold you close and bring you a peace that passes all understanding. He is faithful to carry us in our pain. You will be in my thoughts and prayers.
Kathy Hudson-Sorensen
June 24, 2010
Nita and the Benevidez family- I am so sorry to to hear about Eddie. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers, may God give you strength during this difficult time.
Kathy Iverson
June 24, 2010
Dear Theresa and Nita,
I am so sorry for the loss of your loved one, Eddie. I pray that God will bring you comfort. Please know that I am thinking of you and wanted to let you know that I care.
Janine (LaBarge) McCarty
June 24, 2010
Dear Nita and Joey and family, I know we haven't kept in touch but I want you to know that you are in our hearts at this time. We are so sorry for the loss and hope that very soon all of the good memory's will ease the pain of your suffering.
Pam and Bill (Ballard) Armstrong
June 24, 2010
Dear Nita and children, Nita, we go way back. I remember you as a baby. I've known Eddie from school and his mother especially from Sunday School at the Baptist Church when I was a little girl.

I just want you all to know that you are being thought of and love is being sent your way. Also, prayers are going up to the God of all comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3 &4) in your behalf. May he bless you and give you strength during this sad time.

Eddie will always be remembered as a loving and happy person. May those memories comfort and strengthen you as well.

Much love,

Vicki Ballard Silveri
June 24, 2010
To Nita, Teresa and the Benevidez family- I am so sorry, Eddie was such a wonderful guy, always had a smile for his friends and those that may become friends, I'll keep you in my thoughts and prayers-
Beth Collins-Cook
June 24, 2010
Nita, Theresa, and Benavidez family, My prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this time! God Bless each and everyone of you in your time of grief.
Cindy Hyde
June 24, 2010
Dear Theresa and Nita, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. I send my love and support. Leslie Page (Norris) Nelson
June 24, 2010
Theresa, Nita & Family~ Sorry to hear about your loss of such a wonderful person. Though we lose touch thru time , times like these touch the heart. My thoughts and prayers are with your family. ~ Donna (Webber) Borboa... (Catalina, Az.)
Donna Borboa
June 24, 2010
I am so sorry to here about Eddie. You are all in my prayers. The few times I have seen Eddie in the last few years he made it seems like it was just yesterday I would be hanging out at their house with Theresa. He had that way about him! You have a special angel watching out for you!
All my love and God bless you.
Kathy Buzan Sanchez
June 24, 2010
To the Benavidez family, I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I have many many fond memories of Eddie. We always had a lot of fun and he was always smiling and laughing. I will carry those memories with me forever. He will be missed by many! May God be with all of you during this difficult time.
Patti Ellis
June 24, 2010
To my Uncle Eddie: Thank you for everything that you have always done for me. Thank you for everything you have taught me. Thank you for all of the memories. I will miss you everyday. You will forever be my favorite uncle. I love you.
Tamyia Benavidez
June 24, 2010
i met medith in 1971 working with her and got very close to her and met her beautiful family.bill worked with Eddie and his Dad at bhp.i had a very good relationship with Eddie,Nita,and loved his kids too.Eddie was always smiling and joking-he will be such a great joy in heaven,but will be missed here so love and prayers for Nita,her kids,medith,tommy,joey,and theresa.God is smiling now so much because of Eddie's smile and laugh.our love to all of you.
Bill & Kay Smith
June 24, 2010
To the Benavidez family, My thoughts and prayers are with you in your time of grief. There WILL be a day when death will be no more, please open in your bible Revelation 21:4 and see what Jehovah promises us.
Aaron & Ana Lopez
June 23, 2010
To My Brother: You will be missed by many and have been loved by all.we will all be gathered one day soon. i miss you so much!I love you!
Your Sis Tess
Theresa Benavidez
June 23, 2010
Nita, Theresa, and Family,

I am so very sorry to hear about Eddie. I am thinking of you during this difficult time.

Roxane (Johnson) Bonner
June 23, 2010
Dear Nita and Family......
We are thinking of you right now, I remember what a sweet kid he was, always smiling......Harley sends his love as well as Donna & Leanne.......I always loved both your familes, we all go way back in San Manuel. All the ball games, swimming pool and on and on.
God be with you and your family.
Love you all,
Joni Hudson and Family
Mike Dedrick
Joni Hudson
June 23, 2010
My condolences to the entire Benavidez Family, I worked with " Doughboy " at Magma open pit, He was always a very Nice Guy to be around ,You all are in my Prayers,.May GOD Bless..
Ruben "Gonzie" Gonzales
June 23, 2010
I hadn't seen Eddie for years, but from what I've read, he was still the jolly character I remember from school.
I wish all his family the best- Eddie will be waiting in Heaven.
May God give you strength through these difficult times.
Kevin Dugan
June 23, 2010
To the Benavidez Family,
We are so sorry to hear about the tragic loss of Ed. My husband worked with him for severals years at BHP and ASARCO. Our Thoughts and Prayers are with all of you at this difficult time. May he rest in Peace.
Cuco & Vera Huerta
June 23, 2010
My Tommy, Medith, Theresa, Joey...We have our Rosaries in hand and want to tell you we love you all SO MUCH. Aunt Carmen says "Thank You For Bringing Mom and Dad over My Eddie and Her and Aunt Polly will always LOVE YOU.
Aunties Carmen and Polly Benavidez
June 23, 2010
My Cousin Eddie called me a few days before "Going To Heaven" and said he was on his way to work and he "Had A Bone To Pick With Me"..Then he did that cute little chuckle he was know for. He Told me I was the reason he loved music so much, because he could still remember me spinning my records years ago..and I told him "That's A GOOD THING"..He agreed, and we said WE LOVED EACH OTHER......R.I.P. Cuz....I Love You, Your Cousin Gogie
Gogie Montoya
June 23, 2010
Nita and the Benavidez family,

Please accept our deepest condolences at this most difficult time. The memories of having Eddie grow up as our neighbor and friend will allways be with us.

The Behlow family.
Mark Behlow
June 23, 2010
Dear Anita and Family: So sorry to hear about your loss. My prayers and thoughts are with you all. May the Lord bring you peace and comfort during this hard time for you. God Bless you all.
Pamela Weddle Large - Pinetop, AZ
June 23, 2010
Dorothy Cline
June 23, 2010
Tommy, Medith, Joey and Teresa, I was ver saddened to to learn of Eddie's passing. I know there are no words that are of comfort, just know that we are all praying for all of you though this very difficult time. Eddie will forever be in our hearts and in our lives. I love you, Natalia Benavidez-Perkins, Penny, Chrystal and Luis Adrian.
Natalia Benavdez-Perkins
June 23, 2010
I just want to give my love and support to your family in this loss. I worked with him for quite some time and one thing is for certain, the good lord will be so happy to finally have a joyace soul like his home... may God give you all peace in this time of loss, and also all who had the pleasure of working with him...
-grieving coworker
June 23, 2010
Nita, My deepest sympathy to you and your family.
Deborah (Boulware)Macias
June 23, 2010
Nita, I am so sorry for your loss. I can't imagine how you & your family must feel right now but you are all in my prayers...
Michelle Hall-Ellerhoff
June 23, 2010
Nita and family, We were so to hear about your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers. The staff at California Design Center/ Studio C
June 23, 2010
God's comfort and peace to your family at this difficult time.
Gwen Anderson Struble
June 23, 2010
Anita and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you. My memories of Eddie go back to high school, I remember writing a few notes for the teachers when he'd ditched school. I also worked at Magma when Eddie was there and he would always stop by the time office and we would talk about high school, family, and friends. He loved his family, he always had a smile he will truly be missed.
Josie Telles Munoz
June 23, 2010
Nita, Theresa, Joe, Mr. and Mrs. Benavidez and Family,

I remember Eddie from high school as fun, outgoing, and generous. I am very sorry for your loss. Please accept my sincere sympathy.
Ellen Harris
June 23, 2010
Nita, Theresa and family,
So sorry to hear of the tragic loss of Eddie. Keeping all of you in my prayers. Hold onto the wonderful memories and the love of all your family and friends.
Joellen (Thomas) Brown
June 23, 2010
We are sorry for your loss. Eddie was a good friend of mine all through school. I was fortunate to see him a few times in the last few months at the Circle K in Superior when he was on his way home from work. He will surely be missed.
Paul & Rose Nelson
June 23, 2010
Benavidez family: although we did not know Eddie personally we were very sad to have learned of his tragic passing. We are from the Copper Basin area and know that all the mining community and families are here for you. Please know that you are in our prayers and pray that God gives you strength to carry on with your lives. May your loved one rest in peace.
Araiza & Pacheco Family
June 23, 2010
I have many great memories with Eddie, Joey, and their Mom and Dad. My deepest sympathies to the family. I will miss his sense of humor and his kindness.
Ric Robles
June 23, 2010
Nita, Mr. & Mrs. Benavidez, Joey and Teresa,

I am so terribly sorry for your loss. Eddie was a wonderful person. He was always happy and good to everyone. My memories of Eddie go back to first grade. My prayers are with you.

Sherri Burk Pearson
Elko, NV
June 23, 2010
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