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Posted by Cathy Gowdy on Saturday, March 04, 2006 at 05:54:18 :

Point Reyes Light
Thursday, April 23, 1970

Benjamin Alcantara died last Sunday after being ill for a number of years.

Alcantara, 69, was found dead at his Inverness Park home and according to a neighbor the cause of his death may have been a heart attack.

Alcantara was born in Point Reyes and was a direct ancestral member of one of the original Spanish land grant families.

Neighbors were very fond of Ben, as he was known, and remembered him as a magnificent horseman who used to ride in the West Marin Stock Show Parade and had been employed at the Bear Valley Ranch as a horse breaker.

Alcantara left the area briefly when younger but returned to Inverness Park in 1925 to operate a family dairy.

He is survived by two of his sisters, Dolores Hartsook of San Rafael and Marjorie Roberts of San Francisco.

A Requiem Mass was offered for Alcantara at 10 o’clock on Wednesday and he was buried in the Olema Cemetery.

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