Benjamin B. “Benny” Garcia (1933 - 2015)
Benny Garcia was born in La Luz, New Mexico on July 31, 1933. He died peacefully at home from complications of Parkinson's Disease on Feb. 13, 2015, with his loving wife of 58 years, JoAnn, at his side.
Benny excelled at sports at Alamogordo High School. He was a member of the 1950 AHS State Championship football team. The team was coached by Rolla Buck, and some of his teammates included Byron Caton, Gus Najera, Bobby Lee, Sato Lee, Ignacio Cedillos and Bobby Fritz. Benny also excelled at track and field, where he set the New Mexico state record for javelin in 1951. Benny received a track scholarship to Arizona State University, where he continued to throw the javelin for four years. Thereafter, he became a member of the 1956 United States Olympic Team. He competed in Melbourne, Australia, where he placed eighth in javelin.
Benny served honorably in the U.S. Navy. He was an avid handball player and golfer.
Benjamin Benny Garcia 1956 team. Died Feb 15th 2015, age 81. Listed at 8th in Javelin, but my Olympic
book does not show him in the top 8 and in fact it appears he had no mark on his 3 qualifying throws.
Sharon Marie Callahan ( McKniff ) 1968 team
Died April 30th 2015 age 63. High Jump. Made team at a 16 year old. Did not place.
Evelyn Furtsch (Ojeda) 1932 team.(this is correct as she was 101 when she died. Gold medal in
4 x 100 relay with a World Record of 46.9 . Died March 5th, 2015.
Dave Rodda . Assistant Coach 1980 and 1988.