Joseph Lyon Bennett November 1, 1925 - October 27, 2012 Resident of Mountain View Joe was born in Los Angeles to Aaron "Ben" Bennett and Mary Katherine Bennett nee Fuqua. In his youth, they would often send him with a dime to walk to nearby Grauman's Chinese Theatre for a matinee. Residing a few years with his grandparents, Joe attended high school in Dallas, Texas, where he was student body social director. After graduation, Joe enlisted in the Navy, where he was training aboard Navy aircraft when World War II ended. He earned a Bachelors in European History at UCLA, where he was a member of the Theta Delta Chi fraternity, and graduated in 1950. In the years after college, he married Bernadette Mary Masarik, a championship swimmer with the Los Angeles Athletic Club. In 1954, their first child was born, and Joe began working at Lockheed in Burbank. When Joe was offered a position with Lockheed at its Palo Alto Research Laboratory, the young family relocated to Mountain View, living near what is now Cuesta Park, then in the Varsity Park neighborhood, then in the Woodland Acres area in southern Los Altos. The family of now eight delighted in living on the side of a steep hill with a panoramic view of Maryknoll across 280. Joe continued to work at Lockheed in Sunnyvale until his retirement in 1987. As a senior marketing representative, he represented Lockheed and a variety of its more innovative products. His frequent travel for Lockheed, primarily for tradeshows, took him to many cities in the U.S. and Europe and once to Venezuela. After his retirement, he resided in Mountain View and nearby, and also for several years in Lake Oswego near Portland Oregon. Joe was very proud of his six children, his many friendships, his European travels, his Austin-Healy and Triumph sportscars, the family's german shepherd (who he named Fang), his devoted wire fox terrier Charlie, his photography (he built his own darkroom) and his extensive jazz and blues record collection (many of them old 78's) which he donated to the local jazz radio station KCSM. Joe enjoyed golf, movies, crossword puzzles, impressionist art, making mechanical repairs, backpacking with his sons, and taking his whole family to the beach, sometimes renting a cottage at La Selva for the week. Joe is survived by his former wife Bernadette Mary Bennett; his children Alex Bennett, Mark Bennett, Colette Ahrens, Constance Russo, Rebecca Rohrer and Anita Bennett; his grandchildren Monique and Marcus Ahrens, Kira and Katy Rohrer, and Nicole, Evan and Trevor Bennett; his sister Barbara Lopez of Pasadena; his half-sister Joni Krieg of Dallas and his dear friend and companion, Dee Ellis. A memorial will be held at St. Simon's Church, 1860 Grant Road, Los Altos, on November 9, Friday, at 11:00 am, with lunch at the church following the service. If you would like to join us in remembering Joe, we hope to see you.
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Published in San Jose Mercury News/San Mateo County Times on Nov. 6, 2012