Apr 152011

Benson Tapaha Sr., 60, passed away Monday evening, April 11, 2011, at Tall Pines Nursing Center in Show Low following a lengthy illness. A graveside service will be held at 11 o’clock this morning (April 15) at the Holbrook Cemetery, with Pastor Erwin Brown officiating.

Benson was born on Dec. 15, 1950, in White Cone to the late Billie Tapaha and Mary (Willard) Tapaha.

He was a high school graduate, and worked as a rancher throughout his life.

Benson was a dedicated and loyal husband to his wife of 34 years, Catherine Rose (Yazzie) Tapaha.

He loved to stay at home to take care of his animals.

Benson was able to ranch on the beautiful lands of the Navajo Nation, where he made his living. He worked hard throughout his life and taught his children to work by “the sweat of their brow.” He was also an awesome grandfather and always enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.

Benson had a special message that he wanted to leave his family as they continue to live his legacy: “Be good to each other. Remain a family. Respect each other. Help each other continue forward. Take care of each other.”

He truly followed his Lord’s admonition to “love one another.” His family finds peace in the fact that this incredible man is resting with his Maker in Heaven.

Survivors include his wife, Catherine Tapaha of White Cone; his mother, Mary Tapaha of Phoenix; his five children, Vanson (Natalie) Tapaha of Mesa, Benson Tapaha Jr. of White Cone, Brian (Phyllis Joe) Tapaha of Steamboat, and Haroldson J. Yazzie and Harriet (Kenneth) Begay, both of Greasewood Springs; two sisters, Marilyn (Larry) Boone and Darlene (Gary) John, both of Phoenix; three brothers, Norman Tapaha of Phoenix, Benny (Priscilla) Tapaha of Steamboat and Wallace Tapaha of Phoenix; and seven grandchildren, Zachary, Dilyla, Mario, Nicholas, Ranaan, Karlo and Ethan.

Owens Livingston Mortuary of Holbrook is in charge of the arrangements.