born in La Luz New Mexico on July 31, 1933, died peacefully at home from complications of Parkinson’s Disease on February 13, 2015, with his loving wife of 58 years, JoAnn, at his side. He is mourned by his five children and their spouses: John (Carla), Mark (Janis), Jeanne (Michael), Lisa (Bob), and Stephen (Lise); his 15 grandchildren; his 9 great grandchildren; his brothers Albert, Tomas, and Paul; his sisters Ernestina, Bertha, and Helen; and many nieces and nephews. Benny was a member of the 1956 U.S. Olympic Team, served honorably in the U.S. Navy, and was an avid handball player and golfer. We will honor our hero, our mentor, and our beloved Tata by passing on his kindness. A Rosary will be held at 7:00pm on Thursday, February 19th (viewing at 6:00pm) at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ. A Funeral Mass will be held celebrating Benny’s life at 10:00am, Friday, February 20th at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church, 7655 E. Main Street, Scottsdale, followed by his burial at St. Francis Cemetery, 2033 N. 48th St, Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Christ Child Society (www.christchildsocietyphoenix.org) or St. Vincent de Paul Society (www.stvincentdepaul.net). Condolences may be expressed at www.whitneymurphyfuneralhome.com
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