Coca1Abenicio (Ben) Alfonso Coca passed away July 12, 2014.  He was born in Terrero, New Mexico on June 23, 1937.  His ancestors originated from the Village of Coca in Coca, Spain 80 miles north of Segovia.

He is survived by his beloved wife and soul mate, Joan, of 39 years; three sons, David, Peter and Cory; four brothers, Bengie, Alex, Robert (Vickie) and Bobbie (Karlie) Naranjo, four sisters; Delores (Jerry) Peal, Florence (Walter) Berg, Mary Bates and Darlene Smith; three grandsons, James and Joshua Coca, Joey, Halcrow, four granddaughters; Nicole Jordan, Savannah Coca, Lacy Ann Coca and Megan Walker; two great grandsons;. one great-granddaughter two aunts, Rita Martinez of Brighton, Colorado and Nida Archulita of La Junta, New Mexico, several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his father, Abenicio Ben Coca, mother, Margarita Sanchez Naranjo, Step-farther, Nick Naranjo, sisters; Lillian Walker, Nellie Matson; brothers; Floyd and Pete, one deceased son, Frankie Coca and one Uncle, Antonio Sanchez.

He moved to Ely in 1954 where he worked for Nevada Northern Railroad for ten years and as a blackjack dealer at the Bank Club and Hotel Nevada. From there he began working for Kennecott Copper Corp., as a central dumper man.  He bided to crane foreman, then as tripper operator then as a dinky engineer and lead man. He worked for Kennecott from April 8, 1967 until February 1, 1981 when he became medically retired because of  his back.

Abenicio was always busy. He was an intelligent man. He built two homes alone from the ground up. He was an inventor. He invented a mobile home toilet ventilator whereby he was granted a U.S. patent. He loved to fish, play video poker, go to yard sales. He loved collectible cars. He had 64 vehicles throughout his lifetime. Abenicio will be truly missed by everyone who loved him, his compassion for others, thoughtfulness, and jokes he would come up with.

A Celebration of Life will be held at he Ely Shoshone Gym, 16 Shoshone Circle on September 20, 2014 at 11:00 a.m. Interment will be at Burns Funeral Home in Elko, Nevada at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please remember Abenicio with a donation in his memory To Sapphire Foundation for Prostate Cancer, 3025 Industrial Rd, Suite 130, Las Vegas, NV 89109.