Elias G. Benavidez, 91, joined his beloved wife in heaven on Tuesday, December 18th, 2018. He was born October 20th, 1927 in Austin, Texas to Cruz and Concepcion Benavidez. He was the 2nd oldest of 10 living children. Elias attended Crozier Technical High School.
Elias served in the United States Navy in WWII. He married his beautiful wife, Jesusa Castaneda, on October 15th, 1950 in Dallas, Texas.
Elias dedicated his life to the Lord on April 2, 1959 at Primera Iglesia Bautista de Dallas where he served as a deacon. Elias was a true servant of the Lord as he ministered to those he came in contact with, he was ready to share John 3:16. He was a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason.
Elias was a printer at Westvaco Envelope Company, where he helped organize United Papers Union and a credit union for all employees. He was also a big advocate for Womens’ Rights and minorities in the workplace. He retired in 1992 after working at Westvaco for over 40 years. Upon retirement he worked at Elliot’s Hardware for an additional 10 years.
Elias loved spending time with his wife of 66 years, enjoyed being in the presence of his family, and a stranger always became a friend. He also enjoyed dancing and listening to Big Band Music.
He is survived by his son Armando (Corinne) Benavidez, daughters Sylvia Benavidez Moreno, and Raquel (Edward) Sena; 5 grandchildren, Marcos (Jackie) Benavidez, Sara (Mario) Isaac, Marissa (Abram) Valdez, Nathan (Chelsey) Sena and Joseph (Alexus) Sena; 15 great grandchildren, Noah Benavidez, Luke Benavidez, Isabel Benavidez, Matthew (Jakie) Isaac, Kathryn Isaac, Alicia Isaac, Olivia Isaac, Nikolai Valdez, Teagan Valdez, Talía Valdez, Keaton Valdez, Nykko Sena, Emme Rae Sena, Sierra Sena, and Jesse Marie Sena; and two great great grandchildren, Isabella Nicole Alfaro and Ethan Isaac; his 6 sisters, Rosa Espinosa, Martha Perales, Juanita Casas, Margaret Salazar, Casilda Medina, and Irene Del Real and numerous nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents, Cruz and Concepcion Benavidez, his beloved wife, Jesusa, his grandson, Adrian Daniel Moreno, his brothers, Cruz and Louis Benavidez, and his sister Connie Benavidez.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
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