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Benjamin I. Sanano

Birth Date: February 21, 1935
Death Date: February 3, 2019

Benjamin Imperial Sanano was born to Justino and Luz Sanano on  February 21, 1935 in  Manila, Philippines.  Due to his father, Justino’s, military career, the family immigrated to the United States. He graduated from Oakland Technical High School and enlisted in the Marine Corps.  During his 20 years, he was naturalized as an American Citizen while stationed in Germany, and did 2 tours of Vietnam.  Upon retiring from the Marines, he then worked for Southern California Edison, for the next 20 years.

After this 2nd retirement, Ben volunteered 19 years, most of them at the downtown San Diego Superior Courthouse.  He looked forward to the busy mornings, where he greeted and helped  process the over 300 people reporting for jury service – he was proud to be a part of this community of court workers, lawyers and judges.

While living in San Francisco, Ben’s mother, Luz, owned a Filipino restaurant called Sampaguida, and it was here that he met his future wife, Marjorie.  They married soon after in December 1958, and remained happily married for 42 years, until her death in August 2000.  Together, they created a loving family and a home away from home for their children’s grateful friends, Ben, as he was known to his friends, was always the best dressed man in the room and loved meeting people, either in his travels all over the world, or just walking on to play golf , especially at his local course, River Walk in Mission Valley.  Our family referred to him as the unofficial Mayor of the Gas Lamp, since he loved eating out every night, walking from his high- rise condo.  He was friends with many restaurant managers and servers who welcomed him, knowing his order and gave him VIP treatment.  He was well-informed, loved music, and above all appreciated spending time with family.  He was the devoted patriarch of his family, never missing a graduation, or important gathering from his circle of loved ones.

Ben is survived by many family members who treasure their memories of good times with him, including his sister, Lety Riguerra and her husband Restituto Riguerra; his brother-in-law, David Fawcett and his wife, Diane; sister-in-law Paula Bollam and her husband, Ken; sister-in-law Arline Ricci and her husband, Vince; Ben’s children: Mark Sanano, Monica Barrett and her husband, Dan; and Laura Sanano-Hawkins;  Ben’s cherished grandchildren: Brandon, Giselle, Brittnee, Shelby, Delaney, Blake, Evan, Richard, and Crystal.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in honor of Benjamin Sanano to the Semper Fi Fund.

Semper Fi Fund provides immediate financial assistance and lifetime support to combat wounded, critically ill and catastrophically injured members of all branches of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families. We deliver the resources they need during recovery and transition back to their communities, working to ensure no one is left behind.

Donations can be made online at or may also be  mailed to this address:

Semper Fi Fund
825 College Blvd, Suite 102
PMB 609
Oceanside, CA  92057

Please click on SERVICE DETAILS to learn more about the services.

February 14, 2019
1:00 pm
- 2:00 pm
Garden Chapel at Greenwood
4300 Imperial Ave. San Diego, CA 92113
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Funeral Service
February 14, 2019
2:00 pm
- 3:30 pm
Garden Chapel at Greenwood
4300 Imperial Ave. San Diego, CA 92113
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