Obituary: Benjamin R. Jaramillo
"To die proudly when it is no longer possible to live proudly."
Benjamin R. Jaramillo was called home Friday, Aug. 9, 2013, to be united with his heavenly family.
Benjamin was born in Springerville, Ariz., Sept. 26, 1939. He married his "Lil' Woman," Clovia Baca, in 1959. He worked long, hard hours at the sawmill before starting his career of managing Whiting Brothers Service Stations. He moved his family from Springerville in the early 1960s and managed stations around the state before settling in Kingman, where he opened up Cory's Gas Station - at 26 cents a gallon! He later retired from the city of Kingman.
Ben was called a gracious man and was deeply loved by everyone who had the honor of knowing him. He brought smiles and laughter to everyone.
His passion in life was spending time with his family, fishing and sports (any kind). The fishing stories are endless; the sports were endless! His three girls were his "three boys." He taught all of us to fish, play ball, shoot a gun and hunt at very young ages.
There is so much to say about Ben, yet so simple, a humble man, whether you called him husband, father, brother, uncle, tio, dad, daddy, grandpa, gramps or grandpy, or just friend. He was the true meaning of all those titles. He will be greatly missed by all. As our cousin said, "Aunt Mac must be the happiest person in heaven."
Ben is survived by his three daughters, Sharon (Manny) Delaloza, Cindy Curtis and Annette Tapia; one brother, Andrew Jaramillo; one sister, Molly (Frank) Castillo; 11 grandchildren, Priscilla Flores, Kuwana Baskom, Jamiliah Baskom, Ayesha Rouser, Jolynn Briles, Benjamin Murphy, Khaliah Wallace, Kyree Curtis, Jamal Curtis, Tina Tapia and Celina Tapia; 24 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. Ben was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Clovia Jaramillo; his father, Theodoro Jaramillo; his mother, Ana Jaramillo; his brother, Delfino Jaramillo; and his nephew, Tedi Jo.
A celebration of Ben's life will be held from 5 to 7:30 p.m. (viewing at 5, and Rosary at 6) on Thursday, Aug. 15, at Sutton Memorial Funeral Home, 1701 Sycamore Ave. Mass will be at 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 302 E. Spring St. Burial will follow at Mountain View Cemetery, 1301 Stockton Hill Road.