Major Donald R. “Ben” Benjamin, USAF Ret., age 89, passed quietly at his home in Sachse, Texas, on the evening of June 1, 2019.
Ben saw the world courtesy of the U.S. Air Force and SAC from 1948 to 1968. Ben progressed from the enlisted ranks and ended his long career as Major, Electronic Warfare Officer, and Assistant Chief on B-52s.
Prior to enlistment he attended St. Meinrad Seminary, in Indiana, near his family home in Loogootee, where he grew up with his parents, Mary Gwendolyn Willis Benjamin and Maurice Earl Benjamin, and siblings Mary, John, Willis, Joseph, Edward, Gerald, and Robert.
He married Mary Frances “Fran” Norred in 1962. During their 57 years of marriage, they raised eight children, Victor, Linda, Jim, Madonna, Patsy, Gwen, Molly, and Alice; and later welcomed 15 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
After his retirement, Ben continued seeing the world as he and Fran traveled from Alaska to Florida and acquired a BA in Journalism from UTA along the way.
Ben was a lifetime musician and loved playing as a member of the Dallas Banjo Band. Above all, Ben had a passion for storytelling. His stories will continue to be shared for generations to come.
A Celebration of Life was held on Sunday, June 9th, from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, located at 7990 George Bush Turnpike, in Dallas, Texas.
Burial was made on Monday, June 10th, at 11:15 a.m., at the Dallas Fort Worth National Cemetery, in Dallas.
Ted Dickey West Funeral Home, in Dallas, was in charge of the arrangements.