Carlos Benjamin Alonzo, 53, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2023 at his home in Des Moines, Iowa from complications of cancer.
Carlos was born October 2, 1969 in Guatemala City, Guatemala to Benjamin and Maria Isabel (Monzon) Alonzo. Carlos immigrated to Los Angeles, California with his family as a child. He grew up there and considered it home.
Carlos was a graduate of Belmont High School in Los Angeles, California, Cypress College, with honors, in Cypress, California and Iowa State University, with honors, in Ames, Iowa. He was employed as a Success Case Manager with Des Moines Public Schools, a job he loved passionately.
In his younger years, Carlos was a songwriter, guitarist, and lead singer for the bands Hermano Lobo and Santuario. He continued to love music throughout his life. He also loved sports. He followed Iowa State football and basketball, as well as national and international soccer. He coached for Northwest Soccer Club of Des Moines for many years.
Carlos was married to Jill (Klubek) Alonzo and had a son, Ian Benjamin Alonzo. They survive him. He is also survived by sisters Carmen Solis of Los Angeles, California, Emma (Carlos) Acajabon of Hollywood, California, Juana (Frank) Vallejo of Placentia, California, Sara Alonzo of Anaheim Hills, California, Reyna Alonzo of Panorama City, California, Sonia (Jorge) Portillo of Buena Park, California, Rosa (Enrique) Villalba of Charlotte, North Carolina and Mary Alonzo of Los Angeles, California, brothers Fernando (Dilma) Alonzo of Pensacola, Florida, Francisco Alonzo of Los Angeles, California, and Herbert Alonzo of Charlotte, North Carolina, grandma-in-law, Rozella Campbell of Strafford, Missouri, parents-in-laws Brian and Vickie Klubek of Murphysboro, Illinois, brother-in-law Peter (Lisa) Klubek of Lafayette, Louisiana, sister-in-law Bethany Klubek of Orlando, Florida, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Benjamin and Maria Isabel Alonzo, nephew Benjamin Gatica, and grandpa-in-law Arlin Campbell.
There will be visitation held on Thursday, March 30 at Merle Hay Chapel (4400 Merle Hay Rd., Des Moines) from 5:00-8:00pm. Mass will be held at 10:00am on Friday, March 31 at Holy Trinity Catholic Church (2926 Beaver Ave, Des Moines).