Benjamin Diaz de Leon, 88, of Orange, passed away Sunday, April 1, 2012 at The Medical Center of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur.

A Mass of Christian Burial to honor his life will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 4, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 912 West Cherry in Orange with Father Joseph P. Daleo as celebrant. Rite of Christian Burial and Interment will follow in St. Mary’s Catholic Cemetery on Meeks Drive in Orange. A gathering of family and friends will be from 5 to 9 p.m. on Tuesday at Dorman Funeral Home in Orange.

Benjamin was born on Jan. 14, 1924 in Bison, Okla. to his parents, Alfonzo and Andrea (Lizcano) Diaz de Leon. He was raised in Laredo, Texas and had formerly lived in Corpus Christi and lived in Orange since 1963. He worked as a welder at the Gulfport Shipyard in Port Arthur, was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church and was also a member of the Pinehurst Lions Club, where he served three different terms as president. Benjamin was very proud of his skill and ability as a welder and enjoyed spending time attending sporting events for his grandchildren.

Benjamin is preceded in death by his parents, a sister and two brothers.

Those who will most cherish his memory are his loving wife of 58 years, Yolanda Diaz de Leon of Orange; his three beautiful children whom were his pride and joy, daughters, Belinda Day and husband, Robert of Missouri City and Brenda Hearn and husband, Daren of Bridge City; son, Ben Diaz de Leon and wife, Dana of Wildwood, Mo.; sister, Gloria Zamarripa and husband, Paul of San Antonio; brother, Luis Diaz de Leon and wife, Josie of Laredo; grandchildren, Megan Day, Morgan Day, Adam, April, Aaron, Amy and Andrew Diaz de Leon, Jessica Hearn and David Hearn and two great-grandchildren, Luke Plant and Daniel Plant. Benjamin is also survived by numerous members of his extended family.

Honoring Benjamin as pallbearers are Daren Hearn, David Hearn, Adam Diaz de Leon, Aaron Diaz de Leon, Robert Day, Andrew Diaz de Leon and Morgan Day. The family of Benjamin has requested that in lieu of flowers that donations be made to the St. Mary’s Catholic School Foundation, 912 West Cherry Street, Orange, Texas 77630, 409-883-8913.