Released from his earthly bonds, Benjamin F. Peralez passed peacefully with his family by his side and escorted by the Angels of our Heavenly Father on Sept. 18, 2014 at the age of 54 years. Born December 21, 1959 in Lockhart, he was a beloved husband, father, brother, uncle and friend. Benjamin is preceded in death by his loving parents, Vidal Peralez Sr. and Juanita Flores Pe
ralez; brothers: Vidal, Jr., and Felimon Peralez, sisters: Delia Baltierra and Yolanda Ramirez; and nephews: Thomas C. Sandifer, Jr., Danny and Joey Peralez.
Benjamin attended and graduated from Lockhart High School in 1978. Seven years later, he found the love of his life and married Lupe Martinez on Oct. 26, 1985. Years later, moving to San Marcos, he proudly started working for H.E.B. as a Produce Clerk. For the past 29 years, Benjamin took pride in his work and loved his co-workers and his customers.
Never forgetting the blessings of our Lord, Benjamin was a member of Faith/Fe Presbyterian Church of Lockhart where he served as an Elder of the church. Besides his passion for God and work, he will be remembered for his favorite pastime, fishing! Whether on the side of a river bank, at the lake, or on the Gulf, “where there’s a fin, there’s a way!” As a hobby, he also collected antique hooks, tackle equipment, and taxidermy of fish. Friends and family members considered him not only a fishing enthusiast, but also a fisher of men! Nothing meant more to him than God and him family. His life may have seemed short in years, but was very full. And like the wind, we may not see him but his presence will always be felt around us. We thank our Lord for giving him to us as long as we had him….” His Spirit will always be with us all.
Surviving family include: his loving wife of 29 years, Lupe Martinez Peralez; daughter, Norma Sanchez and husband, Jose; son, Benjamin Gabriel Peralez; brothers, Adam Peralez and wife, Mary, and Felix Peralez and wife, Lola, all of Lockhart, Johnny Peralez, of San Marcos, and Fred Perales and wife, Sue, of Austin; sisters: Anita Sanchez and husband, Eulalio, Adelfa “Fita”Juarez and husband, David, Linda Thomas and husband, David, and Maria Gonzales, all of Lockhart, Hermelinda Sandifer and husband, Tom, of Killeen, Consuelo Sanchez and husband, Juan, of Idalou, Emma Garcia and husband, Rick, and Lisa Peralez and fiancé, Adolfo Mendez, all of San Marcos; and his beloved Alli and Milo, the family dog and cat.
Visitation was held on Monday, Sept. 22, 2014, at the Los Angeles Funeral Home in San Marcos and Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at Faith/Fe Presbyterian Church in Lockhart with Prayer Service at 7 p.m. Wednesday morning service was held at 10 a.m. at Faith/Fe Presbyterian Church with Pastor Viola Lee Officiating. Internment followed at Memory Lawn Park in Martindale, Texas.
Serving as pallbearers were: Felix Peralez Jr., Mark Peralez, Eric Rene Peralez, Chris Baltierra, Anthony Ramirez, David Lee Juarez, II, Brian Natal and Rick Doria. Honorary pallbearers were Robert Sanchez, Alvino Sanchez, Sylvia Harley, April Sandifer Sanchez, Ashley Palacios, Diane Kerlin, Arthur Hernandez and Johnny Peralez Jr.