Donald Bennett, 75, of Bozeman passed away Thursday, Oct. 22, 2009, at his home in Bozeman.
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Don was born on Sept. 28, 1934, in North Hollywood, Calif. He grew up in the San Fernando Valley area of California, graduating from San Fernando High School.
He married his high school sweetheart, Shirley Moyer, on Oct. 16, 1953.
Don worked for Shirley's father building homes for two years, then served in the Marine Corps for two years, where he played football for the Marine Corps semi-pro team.
Following the Marine Corps, Don returned to work for his father-in-law. He later worked for Caputo Paving, then for Huber Hunt-Nichols doing commercial construction, retiring as a contract manager in January 1998. The couple moved to Bozeman in September 1998 to be near their oldest son.
He loved to do woodworking in his shop, golfing, and camping.
Don was diagnosed with throat cancer in 1998, and he was able to fight it. He remained cancer-free for 10 and a half years.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Joseph Bennett; and his sister, Lorraine Barker.
Survivors include his wife, Shirley; sons, Walter Eugene (Darcy) Bennett of Churchill, and Master Gunnery Sgt. Joseph (Kathie) Bennett of Camp Pendleton, Calif.; grandchildren, Niki and Jason of Camp Pendleton, Calif., and Jon, Sam, and Anica of Churchill; siblings, Mary Nell (Dixie) Denton of Grants Pass, Ore., Norma Noxon of Sun Valley, Calif., Betty (Joe) Calderon of Half Moon Bay, Calif., Diane (Rodney) Lenox of Simi Valley, Calif., and Glen Bennett of Port Edwards, Wis.
The family asks that memorial contributions be made to Bozeman Deaconess Hospice, 931 Highland Blvd., Bozeman, MT 59715.
A graveside funeral with military rites will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, at Sunset Hills Cemetery. Friends and family are invited to meet at 1:45 p.m. at Dahl Funeral Chapel to process to the cemetery.
Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at www.dahlcares.com.
Dahl Funeral Chapel
300 Highland Boulevard
Bozeman, MT 59715
Published in Bozeman Daily Chronicle on Oct. 30, 2009