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Benjamin Acuña Yanez

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June 7,1951-July 10,2020

Benjamin aka Chaperas received eternal life and is rejoicing in the presence of our Lord.  Though with immense sadness and tears we mourn in his loss and yet rejoice.

He was preceded in death by his parents Benjamin and Ignacia Yanez.  Brothers Alberto, David, and Raul AKA Mousey Yanez.  Benjamin left behind his wife of 46 years, Dora Elena Zepeda Reyes, three children Diana Noriega Dora Yanez, and Adam Benjamin the III Yanez.  Seven grandchildren: Ariela, Isabella, and Enrique Noriega, Sasha Flores, Mason Armstrong, Kirstin and Kiley Yanez.  Brothers and sisters; Manuel Yanez, Norma Andrade, Natalia Nuño. Fernando Yanez and Maria Orozco.

He graduated from Douglas High School, Class of 1971.  Attended Cochise College right after for two years majoring in law enforcement.  After college enlisted in the Army National Guard (military police).  Worked 18 years for Phelps Dodge Mining Company.  Worked 12 years for Roadway Trucking.  JP Industries Base for 7 years, and border patrol station cleaning crew supervisor for 5 years.

He was member of the American Legion, and Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus.

Benny was full of life always making everybody laugh making sure they weren’t feeling sad or discouraged.  His favorite sports team was the Minnesota Vikings.  Always fighting with brother Fernando over the Miami Dolphins vs. Minnesota Vikings.  Enjoyed playing music, his favorite music band Los Apson.  He enjoyed playing guitar as well.  He taught his nephew Jesus Yanez how to play the guitar and he now plays with the Apson.  He was so proud of him.  Enjoyed watching his western movies all the time.  He would always make sure that everybody was well taken care of whatever they needed he was there to help.  He retired from his employment when his father passed away to take care of his mother.  He was self-sacrificing always putting others needs before him.  He will be greatly missed.

Rosary will be held at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Bisbee at 8:00 am followed by mass on Wednesday, July 15th, 2020.  Due to COVID-19 restrictions only immediate family will be present.  Services will be posted on daughter Diane Noriega’s Facebook Live. 

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