OBITUARY

Leonel Benavides, Jr.

June 7, 1974December 2, 2018
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Our beloved Leonel Benavides went to meet the Lord on Sunday, December 2, 2018 in Fresno, California. He was born in Fresno, California on Friday, June 7, 1974 to Leonel and Caroline (Ugarte) Benavides. Leonel leaves to cherish his memory his husband Matthew J. Garcia. A Celebration of Life will be held at Miller Memorial Chapel 1120 W. Goshen Ave., Visalia on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 1:00 p.m. Tributes and condolences may be made at www.millerchapel.com.

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  • Celebration of Life Saturday, January 5, 2019
REMEMBERING

Leonel Benavides, Jr.

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Gabby Garcia

December 23, 2018

Leonel was, and will always be one of the best uncles I could ever have. He made everything better, and helped people when they needed it. Like how he always tried to help me with my violin, whenever I made a bad note he would make a face and say that the note was wrong. Also, I would always remember how fun his VHS was, since everyone would make jokes about the movie, it made everyone laugh. I will always remember him, always and forever. I love you Leonel, and thank you for everything you did for me. Again, I love you and I will always remember you. May you rest in peace. XOXO, Gabby.

Emilia Benavides

December 13, 2018

Uncle Wiki, for 17 years you have loved me, and in 17 years I never thought you would have left us so soon. I pray that God is watching over you on your journey to heaven, and I pray that you are able to feel our love for you. Our family is hurting more than you can imagine, and your grieving mother and father are doing everything they can to assure that the final time they put their son to sleep, he will be comfortable and warm and safe. My heart is in my hands at the thought of having lost you, and saying this, I speak for all of our family.

Thank you so much to everyone who put such kind words to make this horrible song a little better. Your thoughts and condolences for my uncle are so very appreciated. He was loved so very much his entire life, (and then some), by everyone he met, and it comforts my aching heart to think that he was always loved and never alone in what he was going through. Thank you all for making this appreciation possible.

Kate Burkhardt

December 11, 2018

Leonel,
You are remembered for your genuine kindness, friendship, and willingness to help anyone, anytime. My favorite memories of you were from watching you shine. My office door at COR opened directly to your cubicle and I would often hear your laughter and catch glimpses of your truest spirit interacting with others.
One year I had this small plant that I never could get to grow. As I prepared for an overseas trip you offered to care for it. Upon my return, to my surprise, there was the plant in a new pot with pencils propping it up and little strings tying it off. It had flourished and was decorated much like a Charlie Brown (Linus') Christmas Tree. You winked at me, and said, "It was never a plant, Dr. B. It was always a tree". It just needed space to grow.
And so it was, Leonel. Just like you, it seems. God needed an angel, and he has bigger work for you yet. Reading through the thread of messages left in the wake of your passing it is clear that you have touched so many lives here, and will continue to do so, through the vibrancy and memory of your spirit. I will watch for you. I will stop to see beauty in small miracles. I will make space for myself and others to grow. And always, always I will be sure to hold my loved ones close, while sharing laughter, kindness, and a helping hand.
Linus, you are already missed. And you will forever remain greatly loved.
Until we meet again, my friend.

Shanna Pimentel

December 9, 2018

My Leonel ๐Ÿค—
I will miss our late night text when I couldn't sleep, to our lunch discussions and ALL the times we laughed when we worked at WIC ๐Ÿ˜‰ The day you told me you met someone and his name was Matty you told me you knew he was "the one" โค you said you were the happiest you had ever been and his family was the best! Now I know what you meant ๐Ÿค— Matty, Lori and the rest of the family thank you for making My WFF (WIC Friend Forever) ๐Ÿ˜ the happiest man ever!! Leo ๐Ÿ˜Š you will always have a special place in my heart โค๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ’›๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™

Terry Wilburn-Olmeda

December 9, 2018

Linus,
I am so grateful to have had you as a friend. You were such an awesome person. I could always count on you for horror movie reviews, Mamaโ€™s Family/Golden Girls laughs. I will miss you so much. I am also grateful that you were so happy with your new family. You were loved by so many people. I will think of you and smile because I was able to know and love someone as beautiful as you.

Mark Foster

December 9, 2018

Leonel,
Thank you for your friendship. Ana and I were so blessed to have had you in our lives. I always looked forward to our crazy memes. You always made me laugh. Thank you for such great memories. A part of you will live in us because you made big impacts in our lives. We will never forget you. Matt, may you and your family find peace and comfort in knowing you guys made him feel very loved and made him very happy.

Ana Zapata

December 9, 2018

Matt, thank you for loving Leonel.. you made him so very happy. Thank you Lori for being such a loving mother-in-law to him. You gave him such beautiful years of joy and love. You, Matt, Chris and your entire family are a blessing and his love will live in your hearts forever. I have such beautiful memories of Leonel. I will miss his laugh, wit, his boyish smile and his beautiful voice. He always listened with his heart. He truly was Linus. A soul full of wisdom, love and the ability to see beyond what most of us see. I will miss our talks so much. He always knew just what to say. One day we will sing and dance together in Heaven. I will miss you every day. But I know you are home with Our Father and I take comfort in knowing one day we will all be together. I love you Leonel.

Lori Ramos

December 8, 2018

My beautiful, amazing, talented, caring, smart, funny, musical child. When I first met you I knew that you would be the one for my son Matthew. I couldn't ask for a better man for him, I couldn't ask for a better son-in-law, I couldn't ask for a better friend, I couldn't ask for a better son. I am beyond grateful and humbled that you were in my life. You enriched me beyond measure and I will always love you. My heart breaks by the minute, it will never be the same. My void can never be filled again because there will never be another Leonel in my life. I will see you again my son and in that moment my heart will be filled with joy. I will miss you every single minute of every single second of every single day. Te amo con todo mi corazon.......your mother Lori

Tina Gonzalez

December 8, 2018

Leonel, babe I will never forget the times we hanged out all the time. The times we watch horror movies. It was so grand. I still remember almost everything about you . I love you and miss you. I know god wanted his angel. It hurts. I will see u again. Then we will hug and laugh. Also dance. ๐Ÿ–ค

Erin Wilson

December 8, 2018

No words will do to say goodbye to someone who made me laugh so hard every time we were together. There is no one else in the world I can have an entire conversation with in nothing but movie quotes. Long lunches at Olive Garden and movie nights. Trips to Walmart to buy nothing in particular. Sharing my heart with absolutely no fear of judgement. Hearing the joy in your voice when you talked about Matt and your beautiful new family. To know you were loved is a beautiful thing and Iโ€™m glad you were in that place when you were taken too soon.

Thank you to Matt, Lori, Chris and the whole family for loving my beautiful friend. I will be forever grateful. Love to you all and I will see you in January.

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