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March 15, 2015
I'm saddened that I never had the opportunity to meet Ben personally, unless he ever went to the family reunion on the lake. My father was Ray Davidson. As with those of our family that have gone before us, we are Davidsons we are strong. Just don't tell any one we have a heart of gold and love like no other. Looks like you lived up to our name for we are cousins. Kathy and family I tried to get in touch long ago but seemed extremely difficult for me. They just don't let anyone have your Numbers. I would like to meet you and your family or get a picture. I pray for your family healing while knowing he is at peace and home. You can reach me via email or phone. (913-825-1335 or tracyolsen69@yahoo.com)(moved from Malvern in '65). God Bless you all.
June 22, 2014
Dearest Kathy, Vickie and big sisters,
I am so sorry for you all and I apologize that I heard so late of your dad's and husband's passing. You are all so special and such a great family. I hope and pray for you
and I am sending my sincere sympathies.
Much love, Helen McNutt Gentile
July 02, 2013
Can't believe it's been a year...You are missed deeply.
February 19, 2013
Kathy, Jan, Dana & Vicky,
My sincere condolences. I just now happened across Ben's notice of passing. I will remember him fondly as a huge presence and a kind and gentle neighbor. I used to live down the street from you in Pleasanton on Neal. I babysat for the girls when they were young. My younger brother Greg was always up at the the house playing with the girls... it was like a sports museum of sorts! I remember a time when my brother came home with one of Ben's autographed footballs the girl's had given him... without asking Ben mind you!! The football was returned as soon as he brought it home...my parents understood the significance but the kids had no idea!! If I remember correctly, Ben gave him a replacement momento to ease the disappointment of having to return the football. I have continued to tell this story over the years and still get a chuckle out of it. I am so sorry for your loss and will always have fond memories of Ben and your entire family
December 22, 2012
Ben, I'm sure a lot of your fans will remember
your surprise role as the doorman/bouncer in Behind the Green Door. Never got close enough to get your autograph but Marilyn's I did. Rod Umino
October 22, 2012
got a chance to meet Ben in Las Vegas he was a nice guy and enjoyed talking about the home town once a Mule always a Mule god bless you Ben.
October 15, 2012
Dear Janella Davidson--
I'm your roommate Martin from 678 Haight Street.
I'm so so very sorry for your loss.
seabluetoo@yahoo.com
September 27, 2012
hey jamie! i'm on fb.
janella (jan) davidson
September 18, 2012
Good Ben, a life spent helping others-been out of touch with the family, but one of the biggest men I have ever met, and one of the sweetest families ever. Kathy I'm sorry I didn't keep in touch, can't seem to get a hold of Jan-will try calling...my condolences-Jamie Mehan
September 13, 2012
I sincerely send my condolences to each of you. It is my hope and prayers that this letter will encourage each of your hearts. Although I got to thank Ben personally one day years ago in a restaurant in Santa Cruz I wanted you his family to know how Ben changed my life forever.
I was 17 years in prison here in California. My grandfather was a local deputy sheriff and my cousin a local football star. My dad a good man rearing 6 kids four of which were boys as a single parent. When my parents divorced I internalized my anger until at 13 it began to seep out until it got out of control and I, by my choice ended up in prison at 17 serving a Five Years to Life sentence.
Each night I would sit on my bed with a razor in my hand thinking of suicide. How could I have hurt my dad, disgraced my family and been so disrespectful to the small community that had showed love to our family in so many ways? I didn't want to face life and feared I would never change and only hurt people again. I would say over and over, I have no worth and I have no value I deserve to be dead.
Then one day someone in the prison, Deuel Vocational Institution near Tracy, California said, Ben Davidson and Fred Biletnikoff were coming to visit us. I immediately said they were lying. The only person that would come here would have to be sent by a judge. However, when the day came, they came.
I can't recall a single word either of them said. However what I do remember is, I had never seen a person as big a Ben with such a deep voice. I sat there utterly amazed that two Oakland Raider players were in the gym in the prison speaking to over 1,000 guys. It was a life changing day for me.
I returned to my cell and that night my ritual changed. Instead of saying what I had in the past, I began to say, I MUST HAVE WORTH AND I MUST HAVE VALUE IF BEN AND FRED CAME TO VISIT US. Then I said, "If they think I have worth and value then maybe I should begin living like it." And I did.
I began to attend AA and Creative Dynamics. I completed my high school diploma and began to attend church. It took a while but I began to change internally and experience internal peace, something I never had until I surrendered my life to Christ in that prison because Ben and Fred thought I had worth and value.
I was released after serving almost 5 years in prison. I went to college and graduated, then to grad school where I earned a Masters in Marriage, Family and Child Counseling and then earned my doctorate in Leadership. All of this because Ben and Fred took time from their busy schedules to visit a prison to encourage a group of criminals who society had given up on.
May theses few words of tremendous gratitude encourage you and you experience the loss of a great man whose life will never be forgotten by me and my clan. God bless each of you and for you I am praying. - Dr. Samuel M. Huddleston, Author, Five Years to Life

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