Benjamin (Ben) Palomino, 89, a former long-time resident of both Las Animas, Colo., and Pueblo, Colo.; and most recently of Broomfield, Colo., passed away on May 2, 2020. Three days later, he was joined in eternity with his adored and beloved wife, Kathryn, both due to Covid-19.
Benjamin was born in Las Animas on Nov. 16, 1930, to Adolph and Ramona Palomino. Benjamin and Kathryn were married on Sept. 8, 1954, in Las Animas and remained devoted partners for over 65 years.
Shortly after marriage, Benjamin enlisted in the Air Force, after already having served in both the Army and Navy. Thereafter, Benjamin and Kathryn grew their family and embarked on global adventure, with assignments in Colorado, Kansas, Texas, Louisiana, Guam, Illinois, and Ecuador.
Upon retirement from the military, he completed another career with the VA, retiring as Safety Officer at Fort Lyon, Colo. Acting on his deep sense of commitment to military and veterans he became a very active and contributing member of the Disabled American Veterans organization, eventually serving as State Commander of DAV.
Benjamin shared a love of travel and exploration with Kathryn. They jointly indulged that passion with adventures traveling to Mexico, Argentina, Rome, and Hawaii in retirement.
He is survived by children: Benjamin J Palomino and wife (Faith), Westminster, Colo.; Lisa M. Palomino, Pueblo; and Matt J Palomino, Pueblo. He was pre-deceased by second son, Charles M. Palomino.
Surviving grandchildren and great-grandchildren include:
Descendants of Ben J: Nicole Palomino-Chavez and Nathaniel Chavez (great-grandson), Westminster, Colo.
Descendants of Lisa: Roman Alvarez (Minta Garrison) Pueblo, father of great grand-daughters twins Adrianna and Amaya (deceased) and Ciara; and Brandon Alvarez (Molly), Castle Rock, Colo.
Descendants of Matt J: Matthew Benjamin (deceased), survived by Heather Ybarra-Palomino of San Antonio, Texas, parents of Cadence and Madeline Palomino; and Jessica R. Palomino of St. Paul, Minn., mother of new-born infant Ava Leigh Palomino.
Benjamin’s siblings include: Raymond Palomino, Gulf Port, Miss.; Charles Palomino (deceased), Irene Garcia (Jesse), Las Animas, Cathy Province (deceased) and Samuel Joseph Palomino (deceased).
Due to the current situation and related restrictions, services are pending.
For those interested in remaining informed of plans for services and memorial please visit website: memorial.thepalominos.net.