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Benjamin Barela Escobedo

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     Benjamin Barela Escobedo passed away January 22, 2019 in Tucson, Arizona at the age of 65.  He was born on December 23, 1953 in Safford, Arizona to Pedro Luna Escobedo & Brijida Escobedo.

     Benjamin was one of five children born to Brijida & Pedro; Geneva, Anthony, Edward and Pedro III.  He attended schools in Safford and then joined the U.S. Army in 1978.  While enlisted he became a combat engineer and earned the Army Commendation Medal before being honorably discharged in 1981. 

     After his discharge he became a silversmith, working in jewelry design and goldsmithing and becoming a Master Jeweler.  Benjamin was thrilled with the birth of his son and proud to give him his name, Benjamin B. Escobedo, Jr.  He was an amazing artist, an incredible cook and a great storyteller. He had a very kind soul and was always helping others. 

     He is survived by his loving son Benjamin Escobedo, Jr., his mother Brijida Escobedo and siblings Geneva, Edward and Pedro Escobedo III. 

     Benjamin is preceded in death by his father Pedro Luna Escobedo and his brother Anthony Escobedo. 

     The recitation of the Rosary will be held on Friday, February 8, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church.  Interment will be in the Gila Valley Memorial Gardens Cemetery following services.

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