Funeral mass for Benito C. Ortega, 60, of Roswell, NM, will be celebrated at 11:00 AM, Monday, March 10, 2014 at Our Lady of Grace in Artesia, NM. A rosary will precede at 10:00 AM also at Our Lady of Grace in Artesia, NM. Benito passed away Thursday, March 6, 2014, after his courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by loved ones.
Benito was born February 1, 1954, in Maljamar, NM, to Bernabe Ortega and Mary Chavez. Benito was a life-long member of St. Peters Catholic Church. He worked for the City of Roswell for 8 years driving for Pecos Trails Transit, and for the later years of his life drove a truck cross county. Benny was a die-hard Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers fan. His passion was playing horse shoes and spending time with his family and most of all his grandchildren. He earned his associates degree from the University of Phoenix, Benito was a very loving father and grandfather and will be greatly missed by all who had the pleasure of meeting him. His care-free way of life and positive character were a blessing to all and will live forever.
Benito is survived by his children, Racquel Ortega –Easley of Carlsbad, Armando Ortega and his wife Danielle, Sheila, Elaine, and Patricia Ortega, all of Roswell; mother of his children, Olga Ortega; companion, Emily Sanchez; four grandchildren, Isabelle Marie Easley, Aaron Easley, Carmelo Ortega and Alani Ortega. Siblings: Barney, Adolfo, Emma Maria Roblez, David, Eva Lopez, Dominga, and Kelly Ortega.
Benito was preceded in death by his parents; siblings: Manuel, Israel, Benito and Cruz (twins), Anita, Frankie, Enrique (Henry), Gloria, Pablo, Goyo, and Irene Ortega.
Fear no guilt in laughter, He knows how much we care.
Feel no sorrow in a smile, That he’s not here to share.
We cannot grieve forever, He would not want us to.
He’d want us to carry on, The way we always do.
So talk about the good times, And the ways we showed we cared.
The days we spent together, And the happiness we shared.
Let the memories surround us, a word someone may say,
Will suddenly recapture. A time, an hour, a day.
That will bring him back so clearly, As though he were still here.
It will feel us with them feelings, That he will always be near.
For if we keep those memories, We will never be apart.
And he will live forever, Locked safe within our heart.
We will ALWAYS love and remember you Dad.
-Your loving children