Frank Loyd Benton, was born Dec. 7, 1933 in Holmes County, to Joe & Ellafair Benton. Frank worked for International Paper Company and attended Florida State University. He joined the Air Force in 1955, which brought him to San Antonio. Frank owned several different companies over the year's including Model Lawn Service where he held Irrigators License #8 in the state. He started this business while in the Air Force and attending St. Mary's University where he received a BA in Personnel Management in May 1963. He also owned The Mower House and Century 21 Benton Real Estate. Frank was past president of TTIA. He was active in the PTA when his children were growing up and CYO. He loved softball and played up to 2002 in the Senior Softball Olympics. He worked the last 16 years with his daughter at Texas Lawn Sprinkler. Frank could not and would not sit still.
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Frank was preceded in death by his parents, sons, James Benton and John Benton and step son Randy Eklund.
He is survived by his brother, Doyle Benton and wife Ruby; his wife of 28 years, Jan Eklund; children, Joe (Elaine) Benton, Ann Gibson and Mary (Mike) Galland; grandchildren, Terrah Shaw, Ryan Gibson, Amanda Bankesie, Zachary Galland, Makayla Galland and Tori Benton; great grandson, Clement Bankesie; mother of his children, Patricia Benton; step children, Steve Eklund, Jeff (Audrey) Eklund, Kim (Steve) Whittle, Donella (Matt) Reinl and their families along with numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.
The family would like to thank Dr. Robin Eickhoff and Odyssey Hospice for their loving care of Frank. There was memorial service at Funeral Caring USA located at 2621 Mossrock on March 28 at 10 a.m., followed by a Time of Remembrance lunch at Jacala Mexican Restaurant at 606 West Ave. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to San Antonio Senior Softball League, 9360 Sumac Lane, San Antonio, Texas 78266.
Published in Washington County News and Holmes County Times-Advertiser on Apr. 3, 2013