A Catholic funeral mass will be celebrated for Bernardino (Ben) Cavazos, age 97, of Lamesa, at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 8, 2017, at St. Margaret Mary Catholic Church with Father Jose Kurumbel officiating and assisted by Deacon Daniel Valenzuela.
    Interment with US Military honors will follow in Dawson County Cemetery’s Redbud-Veterans section. Funeral arrangements are under the care and direction of Gonzales Funeral Home.
    Viewing and visitation will be held today (Friday, April 7) at Gonzales Funeral Home Chapel followed by a Rosary prayer service at 7:00 p.m.
    Ben Cavazos passed away on Wednesday April 5, 2017 in Lamesa. He was born on March 5, 1920 in Zapata, Texas to Bernardino and Virginia Cavazos.
    Ben served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was wounded during the European Theatre. He flew his U.S. Flag daily at his home with pride. In his earlier years, Ben worked as a “marquetero” and later for Bruton’s Manufacturing as a painter.
    He was preceded in death by his son, Robert Cavazos; his granddaughter, Jackie Conde-Cavazos; his parents; and all of his brothers and sisters.
    Ben is survived by his family: his sons, Rudy Cavazos and wife, LeDae Cavazos, of Lamesa, David Cavazos and wife, Sylvia Benavides, of Lamesa; his daughters, Dora Martinez and husband, Fred Martinez, of Cedar Park, Texas, Beatrice Hernandez and husband, Ramon Hernandez, of Lamesa, Lucy Hernandez and husband, Ismael Hernandez, of Lamesa, Mary Gonzales and husband, Bobby G. Gonzales, of Lamesa, and Linda Cavazos Morales of Lamesa; 16 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
    To send your condolences online, please visit www.GonzalesFuneralHome.net.
– Press-Reporter obituary services