Benjamin B. Alarid, Jr.
March 30, 1923 - August 27, 2020
Ben Alarid was born in Santa Fe just off Canyon Road on Good Friday, March 30, 1923. As a boy, he
attended Manderfield Elementary . He went to St. Frances Catholic School to make his First Holy
Communion. He also helped to work on the Cristo Rey Church building as a teen. He enlisted in the US
Navy in December of 1940 and spent five years in the US and the South Pacific during World War II.
Ben returned to Santa Fe to marry Loyola Ortiz, a good friend of his cousin Mary Martha. They married in
1946 and lived on Acequia Madre in the home they built. Ben worked for the Shops Department at Los
Alamos National Lab for 38 years and retired in 1984. He continued to enjoy hunting and fishing in
northern New Mexico for many years. He was fishing the Pecos a few weeks before he passed away.
Ben was predeceased by his father, Benjamin Alarid Sr and his mother, Josefita Alarid, as well as his
three brothers Alfonso, Rudy and Isaias (Ike) and his sister, Consuelo (Peaches) Collins. He is survived
by his sisters Stella Moya and Orlinda Roybal. He is also survived by his three daughters Reina
Santangelo (Greg), Mary Alarid-Enright (Mark), and Elaine Alarid (Shigeki Miyamoto) and four
grandchildren, Chris Enright (fiancee Madeline), Matthew Enright, Yuri Miyamoto, and Mika Miyamoto.
He is also survived by many nieces, nephews and cousins whom he cherished.
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