Inez S. Benitez (Naya), 86, of Alamogordo, NM passed away at home on Friday, September 25, 2020 surrounded by his three children and loved ones.
Inez was born October 9, 1933 to Severiano and Petra Benitez. He married Jovita Noriega in 1957 to 1982. He then married the late Ramona Contreras Stogden. He served in the US Air Force and then in the National Guard. He worked for Civil Service for 25 years and after retiring, he worked as a Security Guard. Naya then became a minister for Gethsemane Church where he preached for many years until he became ill. He was a very active man and he loved to sing in church. He was a devoted Dallas Cowboys fan and an avid runner all of his life. He loved talking to everyone he met and knew in Alamogordo.
Inez is survived by his daughter, Maria Rodriguez (Frank); his two sons, Ramon and Abraham Benitez; three stepsons, Jason Stogden, Jacob Benitez (Angela) and Arturo Cortez (Christine); sisters, Elizabeth Walker (William), Naomi Benitez, Martha Pruneda (the late Edwardo); brothers, Alfonso Benitez (the late Juanita), Jose Benitez (Eloisa), Elias Benitez (the late Rosa), David Benitez, and Paul Benitez (Debbie). He leaves behind several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Rebecca Perea and the late Orlando, Ruth Silva and the late James; and one brother, Modesto Benitez.
A private family visitation has been planned.
Graveside services will be held at a later date.
The Benitez family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Alamogordo Funeral Home to direct the services.
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