Luke "Ringo" Andrew Benton was tragically taken from this world while hiking Pine Creek Falls on July 22, 2011. He died the way he lived - barefoot, fearless and performing.
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He was born Aug. 12, 1994, in Salisbury, Md., to Pam and Mark Benton. He moved to Bozeman in 2002 and quickly engaged in his life here. He would have been a senior at Bozeman High School this fall. He was a percussionist in the BHS symphony band and a member of Bozeman United Methodist Church. He was a gymnast, skier and musician, but most of all he was always eager to live life to the fullest. His passion was gymnastics at Lone Mountain. Besides being a member of their competitive team, he shared his love of the sport by teaching younger gymnasts. He was just in Florida for vacation and, when boredom struck in a traffic jam, he back-flipped across the highway between the stuck cars.
He is survived by his parents, Pam Benton and Mark Benton of Bozeman; brother, Stephen Benton of Bozeman; maternal grandparents, Phil and Sue Stephenson of Salisbury, Md.; paternal grandmother, Pat Benton of Westminster, Md.; aunt, Kim (Jeff) Harris of New Windsor, Md.; and nieces, Megan and Kaylee Harris of New Windsor, Md. He was predeceased by paternal grandfather, Ed Benton. He also leaves behind close friends, Cody, Cole, Josh, and many, many more.
His life touched so many others. We were blessed to have him, though not long enough. He was a dynamic friend to everyone he met, and he went out of his way to meet many. He was a tremendous guy - witty, charming, bright, vibrant and energetic. He has left us waiting, wanting to know what he would have done with that boundless energy. He will always be loved and live in our hearts forever.
A Celebration of Life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Bozeman United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Lone Mountain Gymnastics and Swim School (phone 587-1180) for a scholarship fund in memory of Luke.
Memories and condolences 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 July 26, 2011