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Fred Harris Bennett

Death 20 Jun 1998 (aged 78)
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot West Masonic_115_6
Memorial ID 153075 · View Source
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The Salt Lake Tribune
June 25, 1998
page B7

On the eve of Father's Day, surrounded by his loving family, (wife, children, and grandchildren) Fred Harris "Lefty" Bennett returned to "Father-in-Heaven," his body worn out, but his spirit and his smile, as always, bright and shining.

Lefty was born on March 12, 1920, the third child of Gladys Harris and Gilbert Gilfillan Bennett. He graduated from South High School in 1937 and from the University of Utah in 1942; served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He married Elaine Thorpe in 1945 in the Salt Lake Temple and attended Law School at the University of Utah, where he discovered his aptitude for teaching. He received his teaching degree, and later his Masters Degree in History, from the University, and began teaching at East High School in 1948.

For 39 years (never taking a day of sick leave) he taught classes in Economics, Business Law, Constitutional Law, and Advanced Placement History. He also served as Department Chairman, Sponsor for the Assembly Committee and Key Club, and Advisor to the Board of Control.

Although he received many awards and honors for outstanding teaching during his long career, more rewarding to him were the achievements of students whose minds he had opened and lives he had influenced, not only with his teaching, but with his patience, his kindness, and his concern for their growth and development.

A convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age 21, he continued throughout his life to serve his "Father-in-Heaven" and his Church in many capacities, as a scoutmaster; basketball coach; counselor in three different bishoprics; as a leadership missionary, with his wife, in Liberty 8th Ward; and as a secretary to the High Priests Quorum in Mountain View II Ward, where he served faithfully; until he received his most recent calling--"Home to his Father."

He is survived by his wife, Elaine; and children, Fred G. (Constance) Bennett, Encino, California; Michael T. (Marlene) Bennett, Cedar City, Utah; Don L. (Kriste) Bennett, Irvine, California; and Betsy (Van) Pilkington, Bountiful, Utah; a brother, Robert C. (Jenny) Bennett; and sisters, Frances (Wallace) Mace; and Helen (John) Willard; 19 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, June 25th, 1998, 12 noon, at the Mountain View II Ward, 1400 So. 1900 E. Friends may call Wednesday, June 24th, 1998, 7-9 p.m. at Larkin Sunset Lawn Mortuary, 1300 So. 2350 E., or one hour prior to the service on Thursday. Interment, Mt. Olivet Cemetery.

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  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 153075
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Fred Harris Bennett (12 Mar 1920–20 Jun 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 153075, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .