Arnold Rangel Benavides went to be with our Lord and Savior on the 22nd of January 2020 at the age of 67. Arnold was born on July 30, 1952 in Corpus Christi, Texas to Bernardino and Carmen (Lira) De Los Santos. Shortly after birth, Mr. and Mrs. De Los Santos lovingly surrendered the care and role of parents to Belisario and Isabel Benavides of Corpus Christi, Texas. Arnold was formerly adopted and grew up with Mr. and Mrs. Benavides until their death. Arnold was fortunate to have meet his biological parents before their passing and learn of his family of origin and begin relationships with his biological siblings.
Preceded in death were his biological parents, Bernardino and Carmen (Lira) De Los Santos, as well as his adopted parents, Belisario and Isabel Benavides of Corpus Christi, Texas. Arnold’s brothers and sister, also preceded in death, were Oscar Benavides, Ben Benavides, Oliver Benavides, Luther De Los Santos, Mary Lou De Los Santos, Mike De Los Santos, and Ben De Los Santos.
He is survived by his ex-wife of Lorraine Davila of 25 years. His children, Christina (Thomas) Caldera, Paul E. (Deborah) Perez, Andrea B. (Albert) Perez, Arnold Christopher Benavides, Madalenn A. Benavides, and Joshua R. Benavides. His grandchildren Marissa Caldera, Megan Caldera, Paul Perez Jr., Justin Perez, Aaron (Blanca) Perez, McKenzie Perez, Angelica R. Perez, Albert A. Perez, Keith Benavides, and Maleena J. Garcia. His great-grandchildren Zariah L. Gonzales, Aiden M. Gonzales, Aeson Gonzales and Carter Lee Caldera. His siblings, Norma LaFluer, Viola Benavides, Soltero Zavala, Elvia Zavala, Martina Diaz, Bernadette De Los Santos, Abel De Los Santos, Lamar Huerta, and Guadalupe (Lollie) De Los Santos. He is also survived by numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.
Arnold grew up in Corpus Christi and attended elementary, middle and high school at Corpus Christi Academy, graduating the summer of 1971. In high school, he excelled, not only in the classroom, but also on the baseball field. He was a star pitcher at his high school, held countless records. Arnold achieved many accolades; one of which was being offered a full scholarship and another of a recruiter offering him a contract for a minor baseball team prior to graduation. Some of his interests were karate, hunting, fishing, sports and cooking.
Arnold was known for having a passion for life and his final hours were surrounded by family and friends who gave him both a loving and fun departure. He was very charismatic and charming, he and was usually the life of the party. He brought much laughter to many and he was known as a protective and caring individual. He will never be forgotten by those who loved him…
Visitation will be held from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 25, 2020 at Seaside Reid Chapel in Seaside Memorial Park, followed by a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m.
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