Benson, Larry Stuart|
Larry Stuart Benson was born on Halloween in 1948 as the first of four children to Francine and Stuart Benson in Phoenix. A third generation Arizonan, Larry grew up in central Phoenix, was a valedictorian at Monte Vista Elementary School and a student-athlete, graduating with honors from Camelback High School in 1966. Larry played baseball and majored in Civil Engineering and Economics at the University of Arizona as a brother of the Sigma Chi. On a blind date in 1968, he met the love of his life, Sharon, and began a love affair that would flourish over the next 48 years. They were married on August 28, 1971 and raised their four children in Mesa, Arizona in a home that he built. Building homes throughout the valley and Orange County, California for more than 40 years, Larry held an array of leadership positions in companies including Marlborough Development Corporation, Wimberly-Benson Development, and Geoffrey H. Edmunds & Associates. During his career, he also volunteered his service to the home building community as the Chairman of the Home Builders Association of Central Arizona, as a Representative to the National Association of Home Builders, and later was made an HBACA Honorary Life Director. A husband, father, brother, uncle, grandfather and friend; the people whose lives Larry touched lovingly describe him as gentle, genuine and generous. He was the rock that anchored so many of the lives that he affected and was always someone his friends and family could turn to for guidance and steady support. He was a mentor to many family and friends. Larry passed away peacefully in his home on Monday after watching his Wildcats defeat USC. He is survived by his wife, Sharon; his children Timothy, Jeffrey, Sarah and Daniel; and his siblings Grant Hornbeak, Jerry Benson, Janalyn Paige, and George Benson. A Celebration of Life will take place in the Trophy Room Restaurant at 4:00 pm on Saturday, February 20th at the Karsten Golf Course located at 1125 E Rio Salado Pkwy, Tempe, AZ 85281. Come dressed as yourself. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations made in his name to
who cared so well for his mother before her passing.
Published in The Arizona Republic from Feb. 18 to Feb. 21, 2016