Funeral for Valdo Dunkley Benson, 79, former businessman and church and community leader, who died Oct. 30, 1990, will be Saturday. Mr. Benson died of natural causes at the home of a daughter in Pleasant View, Weber County.
He was a brother of President Ezra Taft Benson of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.The services will be held at 1 p.m. in the Logan 24th Ward chapel, 1260 N. 1600 East. Friends may call from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday in the Allen-Hall Mortuary, 34 E. Center St., Logan, and one hour before services Saturday at the church. Burial will be in the Logan Cemetery.
He was born April 23, 1911, in Whitney, Franklin County, Idaho, to George Taft Benson Jr. and Sarah Dunkley Benson.
As a young man he served an LDS Swiss German Mission, attended the University of Idaho and Ricks College and was graduated with a bachelor of science degree in agriculture from Utah State University.
While living in South Bend, Ind., he was sales organizer for Intermountain Knitting Mills. During World War II he organized for the U.S. Treasury Department the selling of war securities to farmers in 11 Western states. Later, he went into the turkey business in Logan and bought a 320-acre farm in Carey, Idaho, where he raised cattle and various crops.
He was president of the Central German Mission of the LDS Church from 1963 to 1968. Upon his return he entered the fabric business, opening 30 retail stores in the Northwest.
His church service included calls as regional representative in the Smithfield, Tremonton and Brigham City areas; Blaine (Idaho) Stake president; high councilor, bishop, branch president and Scoutmaster. He was the recipient of the Silver Beaver Award and had served on the executive board of the Snake River and Cache Valley councils.
Mr. Benson and his wife, Ruth, had served a proselyting mission in the Atlanta-Georgia Mission. Before that he was the original producer of the Martin Harris Pageant in Clarkston, Cache County.
In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Alzheimer's Research Fund, 543 E. 500 South, Salt Lake City, UT 84102, or to the LDS Church Missionary Fund.