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Illa’s page remains blank at this time as she has been at the bedside of her beloved Ben for several months and now has to endure his loss.
It is hard to have patience with people who say ''There is no death'' or ''Death doesn't matter.'' There is death. And whatever is matters. And whatever happens has consequences, and it and they are irrevocable and irreversible. You might as well say that birth doesn't matter.
In Loving Memory
Benjamin Gordon Garcia, left this Earth the 1st day of December,
after a long and courageous battle with cancer.
Ben was born in San Francisco, April 30th, 1952, and at age 17, he
joined the Army and served in Okinawa and Vietnam, achieving the
rank of Sergeant. He served in the 82nd Engineers and 101st
Airborne Units. He was shot in the right leg while on a mission in
Ben met his wife of 34 years, Illa Bremerton on a blind date in
April 1974 and they were married May 18th, 1975, in Redding,
California, on the ranch where Ben grew up as a boy.
Ben started College at Shasta College, in Redding and earned
an AA in Criminal Justice in 1978. He worked for different Security
Companies and then for the Anderson Police Department. On January
18, 1982. Ben was then hired by California Department of Corrections and worked at California Correctional Center in Susanville, California. In March of 1983 Ben was transferred to Intermountain Fire Camp #22 at Bieber, California.
Ben was diagnosed with Colon Cancer May 31st of 2005. He had planned to retire after putting in 30 years with the Corrections Department, but it seems like God had other ideas. He was forced to retire in 2006, after being told that the cancer had returned and had spread and that he would have to be on Chemotherapy for the rest of his life. He felt it would not be fair to his Co-worker’s and friends to put their lives in jeopardy if there should come a time when he was unable to respond when needed due to the extreme bouts of weakness from both the disease and the Chemotherapy treatments.
Ben’s cancer was a rare and an aggressive type of cancer and around the same time he was diagnosed with cancer, he learned he had suffered toxic radiation exposure at Likely Mountain, where he had visited with his wife Illa, who worked as a lookout at the Mountain for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. He also learned that according to the Federal National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA), the radiation being emitted by radio and microwave antennas exacerbates and accelerates cancer and may well be a tumor promoter. Illa and Ben believed this to be true as 10 out of the 16 known survivors have a medical history tumors of one kind or another since visiting Likely Mountain.
The Garcia family’s first heartbreak came when Illa, in 2002, became ill and disabled at the age of 50 and lost one third of her body weight before doctors could stabilize her condition, but the cause of her sudden illness would remaine a mystery for the next two years. Ben and Illa would later learn the weight loss was due to what is known as Radiation Anorexia. The next heartbreak came when their firstborn grandson Merlin was diagnosed with Autism. The Garcia’s would find out in 2005, that toddler Merlin had toxic radiation brain damage from being exposed as an unborn child when his mother Teresa went to visit her mother at the Mountain. Additionally, they learned at that same time that Ben, Illa, Teresa and Ben Jr., also had toxic brain damage. The third heartbreak for this family came with Ben’s diagnosis of Cancer in 2005.
Ben was forced to return to hospitalization in Redding, on August 13th, 2008, and survived two emergency surgeries. On November 4th, after the Doctors told the family and Ben, that it was just a matter of time, he returned home for what ever time he had left. We thank those in Hospice for their support and care of Ben for the few short weeks he had left.
His wife, children, grandchildren, brothers, sisters and extended family will sorely miss him.
Don’t forget to write or email your State and Federal Legislators and local TV stations and Newspapers today! Tell them that this type of
radiation flying freely through the air and your bodies and your homes, is according to NASA, the same type of radiation as radioactive
radiation, just lower in intensity and needs to be investigated. NOW not later! Also remind them that it needs to be investigated by
someone that cannot be influenced by the FCC or the Industry, as both have a huge financial stake In WIFI services