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Ben Pittman Denman


1916 - 2014 Obituary Condolences
Ben Pittman Denman Obituary
Denman, Ben Pittman April 23, 1916 - February 23, 2014 On February 23, 2014, beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, Ben Pittman Denman, formerly of Dallas, peacefully slipped out of this life and into glory. He is survived by his wife of 71 years, Nell Dyess Denman, son Judge Ed Denman, (Ed's wife Bettye), daughter Marajen, grandchildren Elizabeth Denman Williams, Margaret Denman Beck and David Edwin Denman, their spouses and five great-grandchildren. Ben was born April 23, 1916 in Brownwood, TX. He graduated with honors from the University of Texas in 1942. While at UT he was a member of the Texas Cowboys and the Friars Society. On February 17,1943, Ben married Nell Dyess of Albany, TX. In June 1944, Ben was assigned as a gunnery officer to the USS Talladega, where he participated in the battles of Iwo Jima and Okinawa. In 1951 Ben became an agent for Southwestern Life Insurance Company. In 1955, he opened SWL's branch office in Tulsa, OK and moved again in 1961 to Richmond, VA to oversee the consolidation of the newly acquired Atlantic Life Insurance Co. In 1969, he became SWL's Executive VP and Chief Operating Officer and later became it's President until his retirement in 1981. Subequently, he was a consultant to Hunt Oil, a board member of Advanced Ergonomics, Temple Inland and Carreker & Associates, a president of the Cotton Bowl Council, elder in Preston Hollow Presbyterian Church, and supported Nell in the establishment of the Dallas Arboretum. He will be remembered as a man of the highest integrity, a model of a life well lived and one who loved his Lord, his family, his country and his Texas Longhorns. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, March 1 at 10:30 a.m. at the 1st Presbyterian Church of Lake Jackson, TX. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations be made in his memory to Dallas Arboretum, 8525 Garland Rd, Dallas, TX 75218.

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Published in Dallas Morning News on Feb. 27, 2014
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