Jack died peacefully of cancer on September 24, 1998 at the home of his daughter and son-in-law.
John Sidney Benson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on November 21, 1917, the third son of Ezra Taft Benson and Burdette Clawson Benson. He graduated from West High School and the University of Utah. He married Jean Marilyn McHugo at Schofield Barracks, Territory of Hawaii, on December 21, 1940. Jack served his country with honor in the US Army in the Pacific throughout World War II. When he came home, he and Jean enjoyed a distinguished military career, including diplomatic postings in th USSR, Uruguay, and Peru. Jack's final assignment was as Commander of the ROTC Department at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion. Jack and Jean retired in Salt Lake City in 1969. Jean died May 7, 1977. They were the parents of two children, Michael John (Sandy) and Susan Elizabeth (Hussein Elkhafaifi), all of Salt Lake City.Jack delighted in his three grandchildren, Alan Benson (Rachael), of North Carolina, Zahra Hussein Elkhafaifi, and Leila Hussein Elkhafaifi, of Salt Lake City. They will always cherish the memory of a loving "Pops" and "Granpa".
He is survived by his children and grandchildren, his older brother, Robert (Nettie), of Salt Lake City, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, Jean, his older brother, Richard and his younger sister, Gloria.
We would like to thank many people, including the Veterans Administration Medical Center staff for their excellent care over the last 29 years. The kind care givers from Community Nursing Service helped us keep Jack comfortable through the last weeks. Thank you Jason, Geri, Vivian, Kelly, Kathleen, Debbie and Karen. You made a difference! We also appreciate the love and concern shown to Jack by his extended family the Khefeifis and Sanabrias, and Don and Diane Stadler in California. Susan and Madani Salem's unfailing support made this sad time easier to get through. Thanks as well to all of Jack's many friends, neighbors, and Ben Baker on Wilshire Drive, he was always happy to see you on his daily walks!
Funeral services for Jack are scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, at 10 a.m. A simple graveside service with military honors will be followed by burial next to Jean in the Fort Douglas Cemetery.
Jack asked that no flowers be sent nor contributions suggested. Jack lived a good life, and more importantly, he knew it while he lived. His positive, cheerful and loving nature made him dear to many, and we will all miss him greatly.
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