Benjamin Neal Ryan, 43, passed away June 30, 1998, in SLC.

Born July 25, 1954, in SLC to Bruce N. Ryan and Helen Joy Johnson Ryan. Married Clare Mitchell in October of 1979 in Seattle, WA.Benjamin served in the Army and Navy during the Vietnam Era.

Benjamin was a free spirit. He loved to fish, travel, read and was a beautiful writer. Ben was a sweet, gentle, sensitive soul. Those who knew him loved him.

Ben was an "Angel flying too close to the ground."

Verse

Hold on to what is good

even if it is

a handful of earth.

Hold on to what you believe

even if it is

a tree which stands by itself.

Hold on to what you must do

even if it is

a long way from here

Hold on to life even when

it is easier letting go.

Hold on to my hand even when

I have gone away from you.

From "Many Winters"

By Nancy Wood

Survived by wife, Clare, of Seattle, WA; daughters, Lindsay Allison and Hester Anne, both of Seattle, WA; mother, SLC; father and stepmother, Ila, Farmington, UT; sisters, Linda, Brenda, Sandra, Carla and Laura; brother, Douglas; many nieces and nephews.

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