Benito Garcia (Benny), 83, passed away peacefully at home on September 10, 2019, in Billings, Montana. Benny was the first child born to the union of Jose Garcia and Petra Prado on April 18, 1936 in Laredo, Texas. He grew up in Laredo surrounded by his siblings and relatives. Unfortunately, his father died when he was quite young, and the family became migrant workers traveling throughout the United States picking cotton, beans and hoeing sugar beets. They settled in northern Utah’s Cache Valley where he met and married Betty Butterfield in 1958. They had three beautiful girls, Betsy, Benita (Quita) and Alice Ann. Benny and Betty enjoyed traveling. Benny loved to drive and every summer loaded his family in the car and showed them the world from Mexico to Canada. He moved the family to Caldwell, Idaho in 1972 when he was transferred to the Nampa Factory of Amalgamated Sugar Co. Benny worked for Amalgamated Sugar for 46 years. Sadly, Betty died in 1985 after a very long illness. He married Evelyn Lenz in 1986 and was happy to have her three boys, Randy, Rick and Cory, join the family. Benny and Evelyn traveled extensively throughout their lifetime together and combined it with their love of fishing and visiting family that lived near some really great fishing spots.
Benny was a great father, a good friend and always fun to be around. He always had a joke to tell, advice to give, or an ear to lend to someone who needed to talk. Benny liked to serve others and would often mow lawns or shovel walks for neighbors and widows. He was a champion car washer. Benny was sincere and kind in all of his interactions with others. He has been most recently described as having a magnetic personality - people loved being around him.
Benny and Evelyn served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from February 2001through August 2002 in the Mexico City Welfare Employment mission.
Benny was preceded in death by his wife, Betty in 1985, his wife Evelyn in 2014, his brother, Pete in 2000, and his parents.
Benny is survived by his sisters Lydia Gonzalez and Mary (Manual) Meza both of San Antonio, Texas, many cousins, his daughters, Betsy (Kelly) Buckley of Meridian, Idaho, Quita (Gary) Buckner of Selah, Washington, and Alice (Mike) Wilcox of Billings, Montana, his sons Randy (Wendy) Rose of St. Anthony, Idaho, Rick (Joy) Rose of Kaysville, Utah, and Cory (Kristina) Rose of Snohomish, Washington. 27 grandchildren and 29 great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, September 28, 2019, in Caldwell, Idaho, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, 11792 Linden Road. Viewing hours will be Friday, September 27, 2019 between 6:00 And 8:00 p.m. at Dakan Funeral Chapel. Condolences may be shared with the family and a full obituary may be read at www.dakanfuneralchapel.com. 208-459-3629
Thank you to Dr. Neal Sorensen for his sincere interest in dad and for giving dad such great quality of care. Thank you also to Stillwater Hospice for their care and service. Also, thanks to Alice and her family for the care and comfort given to him during his last days on earth.
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