Benjo Bryan Paraiso

Father. Husband. Brother. Son. Veteran. Author. Man of Faith. Teacher. Friend.

A Life of Learning, Love, and Service

On June 19, 2023 after a severe unexpected stroke to the brain stem, Benjo Bryan Paraiso passed away and the world lost a light, brutal source of honesty, and an unapologetically loving warrior who did his best to serve his God, Family, Country, and Fellow Man.

Father. Husband. Brother. Son. Veteran. Author. Man of Faith. Teacher. Friend.

Benjo Bryan Paraiso simply known as “Kuya Benjo” and “Ben” to his loved ones was a ferocious force of nature to the outside world and a tender teddy bear with those that he loved.

Early Life
The oldest of 3 brothers born to two hardworking and faithful parents. Benjo always kept his family and future at the top of his mind.

Born to humble roots in Philippines, Benjo would later find himself in Queens, New York where he started Elementary School before the family moved to Seattle where his story started to blossom.

An avid reader, Benjo began ferociously picking up books and asking questions to anyone willing to share information all in hopes of ultimately reaching his version of the American Dream.

By the age of 17, he was able to graduate and with the blessing of his parents (who would have to sign a permission slip since he was under 18) enlisted to join the United States Marine Corps.

“1. 2. 3. 4. United States Marine Corps”

Before qualifying for boot camp Benjo would have to lose nearly 20lbs in a matter of weeks and began walking and then ultimately jogging Seattle’s Seward Park nearly daily. With days to spare, Benjo lost the required weight and qualified to enter boot camp.

At 17, Benjo left Seattle with the only things to his name being his Photo ID, a pack of cigarettes, and the ambition of a better life.

In boot camp, still carrying excess weight and the doubts of onlookers, Benjo strived to make the most of the opportunity to prove himself. He was thrashed with extra physical training, studied relentlessly, and used any extra time to read letters from his family back home. By the time boot camp came to a close, Benjo had lost 60 more pounds, excelled in leadership and skill development, and was awarded Private First Class on the day he completed boot camp and earned the title he would forever hold dear to his heart- United States Marine.

“Seeds of A Better Tomorrow”
While on active duty in the Marine Corps Benjo would save relentlessly, send money back home to support his parents, and study personal finance and business. By the time his first four years of active duty and additional 2 years of reserve duty were completed, at the age of 23 Benjo would become a Homeowner and begin his career as an Instructor and Private Contractor traveling the world and teaching brave military servicemen and servicewomen the skills to help them survive, thrive, and come home from hostile conditions and environments.

After amassing more knowledge, a rental property, and thriving career Benjo at 26 would meet the love of his life and future wife Joyce. In 2009, they would bring their son Nido into the world and with fatherhood the once self-proclaimed hustler and lover of mob movies and gangster rap would trade it all in for Peppa Pig and Baby Einstein.

With his new growing family, Benjo decided to focus on business and the future and moved to Seattle. Reunited with family and his humble beginnings, Benjo began to explore more possibilities in business and began documenting the stories, lessons, financial literature that would become the foundation for his lifelong goal of becoming an author and inspiring future generations.

Years later in 2014, Benjo’s family would blessed with another child when their daughter Joie was born.

Inspired by the love of his family, Benjo would continue to strive to provide and at times he even had 3 jobs along with his growing business pursuits.

Years later, he would accomplish his goal of becoming an author when he wrote 3 volumes of a series of books which came to be named “Capitalist Bedtime Stories” Stories the Rich Tell Their Children. The book was written alongside his son Nido with the first of the 3 being released and garnering praise from parents around the world.

Benjo was a lifelong learner and he aimed to share everything he could to better the lives of those he loved. He was principled, strong willed, faithful, resilient, industrious, and someone who would walk through fire to protect you. He will be dearly missed and is survived by his wife Joyce, his son Nido, his daughter Joie, his parents Benjie and Lucrecia, his brothers Bruce and Bernie, and the lives of countless others who he treated like family and loved dearly.

The world truly lost one of it’s all time greats and his legacy will be remembered by all those he impacted and will continue to do so through his writings and lives made better by his support. We love you Benjo. Semper Fi.


Benjo Bryan Paraiso

Father. Husband. Brother. Son. Veteran. Author. Man of Faith. Teacher. Friend.

“He was a Kuya to all of us”

“He was a Kuya to all of us when we were younger. He always looked for a moment to teach us something to help us grow.”

Ian G.

He always had the right advice to say.”

“He was definitely our big bro- he always had the right advice to say and definitely made an impact on a lot of people’s lives.”

Michael V.

“nicest badass I know”

“He will always remain in my memory as the nicest badass I know, the youngest “old G’ I have ever met.”

John L.

“you stepped up and became my older brother”

“Despite my younger age, you always advocated for my inclusion in the “Barkada”, even when some others claimed I was too young to be part of the group. When my older brothers were absent and no longer at home, you stepped up and became my older brother. You assumed the role of our leader in the “souf end”, constantly supporting us unconditionally. Above all, you consistently took the time to inspire us, bring joy to our lives, and encourage us to dream bigger. Rest peacefully, Benjo. I will deeply miss you, my brother. I’ll miss the jokes, the sound of your infectious laughter, and the radiant light you brought into this dark world.”

Aaron G.

“Anything you needed, he’d be there. You didn’t even have to ask he would be there regardless.”

Benjo was always the voice of reason in our eclectic tribe of miscreants. He was all about makin moves, comin up, lovin hard, and stacking chips. If you had the pleasure of being loved by Benjo, you knew you were taken care of. Anything you needed, he’d be there. You didn’t even have to ask he would be there regardless. Benjo invested in people with his time, love, and knowledge. He would school all of us on financial stability and get you excited about entrepreneurship. Because of this, a bunch of us owe their success to those long ass study sessions.


Benjo Bryan Paraiso

We remember and honor the life of a remarkable individual, a true hero, and a cherished member of our family.
Benjo Bryan Paraiso, a veteran of the United States Marine Corps, touched the lives of many as a devoted husband, loving father, caring brother, beloved son, dedicated teacher, and faithful friend. His unwavering commitment to his family, his passion for learning, and his relentless pursuit of excellence served as an inspiration to all who knew him.

Born on December 10th, Benjo exemplified resilience and determination from an early age. His journey of service began when he enlisted in the Marine Corps, where he proudly served his country with honor and distinction. During his time in the military, he learned the values of discipline, loyalty, and selflessness, which he carried throughout his life.

Upon his completion of military service, Benjo embarked on a new chapter, embracing the roles of a husband and father with unwavering devotion. He was a loving and supportive husband, providing a strong foundation for his family. As a father, he nurtured his children, instilling in them the importance of integrity, hard work, and compassion. He embraced his responsibilities as a father figure, guiding and shaping their lives, always leading by example.

Beyond his role within the family, Benjo dedicated himself to the noble pursuit of teaching. He understood the transformative power of knowledge and took great pride in his work as a teacher. In the classroom, he was not merely an instructor but a mentor, imparting wisdom, encouragement, and inspiration to countless young minds. His passion for learning was infectious, and he sparked a lifelong love of education in his students.

As a friend, Benjo possessed an extraordinary ability to uplift and support those around him. His genuine kindness and unwavering loyalty endeared him to many, creating bonds that will forever endure. He served as a pillar of strength during challenging times and was always there to offer guidance and words of encouragement. Benjo had an innate ability to inspire others to be their best selves and to reach for their dreams. His wit and laugh was infectious and his stories were both outrageous and insightful.

Though we mourn the loss of this remarkable individual, we take solace in the memories we shared and the profound impact he had on our lives. Benjo will forever be remembered for his unwavering determination, his genuine love for his family, his passion for teaching, and his unwavering dedication to the principles he held dear. His legacy will continue to shine brightly through the lives he touched, forever influencing the next generation.

In honoring his memory, let us strive to embody the virtues Benjo so beautifully exemplified – resilience, selflessness, and an unwavering commitment to making a difference. May we remember him not only for his courageous service to our country but also for the love and inspiration he shared with all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Benjo leaves behind a legacy of love, courage, and unwavering dedication. He will be deeply missed by his loving family, adoring friends, grateful students, and all whose lives he touched. In our hearts, his spirit will forever remain, guiding us through life’s challenges and reminding us to live each day to the fullest, just as he did.