Benny was a beloved son, brother, uncle, grandson, nephew, cousin and friend. He loved
being uncle to Thad, Gus, Matty, Adam, Johnny, Vince, and MacKenzie. Family was
everything to him.
He struggled with substance abuse disorder and spent several stints in rehabs attempting
sobriety. He succeeded with a heart of love and servanthood prior to his death. His family
so cherishes that time and thanks God for that tremendous gift.
Born and raised in Salinas and Monterey, Benny was book smart and an avid sportsman
playing football, baseball, and wrestling during his high school years. He went on to obtain
double Associate degrees in Human Resources and Business Management from Hartnell
College in Salinas.
God’s word tells us to love and serve one another and this defined Benny’s last 14 months
of life. We were shown so many glimpses of the man God created him to be. He loved God
and took joy in serving his brothers and sisters at Calvary. He was an encourager to his
family and to so many others. He loved immensely and was loved greatly by all. It has been
said that grief is the price we pay for love. This grief will remain with us as it represents the
unexpressed love that we still have for him. And if you knew Benny, he never held back
how he felt about you! We will remember you always, Ben, and we will see you again.