Passed away in Santa Rosa on October 1, 2013 at the age of 82. Dearly beloved husband of Betty Benson of Santa Rosa; Beloved father of Mary Dial and her husband Lanyard of Ojai; Adored grandfather of Hannah Dial of Ojai; Dear brother of Betty Cloeter and her husband Waldo of Santa Clarita, Neil Benson and his wife Esther of Oakton, VA; Dear brother-in-law of Elaine Benson of Santa Clarita. He is also lovingly survived by many nieces and nephews and their families. Born in Spring Lake, Minnesota, David received his undergraduate and graduate degrees from UCLA and his PhD from USC. He was a proud veteran of the US Navy, where he achieved the rank of Lt. JG. He spent his professional career as a University Professor and Administrator, including serving as President of Sonoma State University from 1984-1992. A member of The First Presbyterian Church of Santa Rosa, he had a strong Christian faith which influenced his daily decisions and relationships from early childhood until his death. Private family services and interment will be held in Ojai at a later date. The family requests that donations in memory of David Benson be made to support the Kidney Transplant Service at UCSF. Please make checks out to UCSF and on the memo line or an accompanying piece of paper, write "Kidney Trans-plant Fund (B1895) in memory of David Benson". Con-tributions can be sent to UCSF c/o Sarah Krumholz, PO Box 45339, San Francisco, CA 94145-0339. DANIELS CHAPEL OF THE ROSES FUNERAL AND CREMATION SERVICES 707-525-3730
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Published in the Press Democrat from Oct. 6 to Oct. 7, 2013