Lawrence Fredrick Benson
April 10, 1940 - November 11, 2013
Resident of Walnut Creek
Lawrence "Larry" Benson, 73, passed away on Monday, November 11, 2013, at home with family by his side. Son of the late Thomas and Laura Benson, he was born in Bemidji, Minnesota. As a young boy his family moved to California and settled in Walnut Creek where he has been a resident for over 60 years.
Larry was a natural entrepreneur. After graduating from Las Lomas High School in 1958, he went into business with his two brothers starting Benson Brothers Trucking, and later, Benson Brothers Grading and Paving where he became a master equipment operator. His love of working with the land grew into a successful career in real estate development.
In 1961, while playing in a bowling league at Rheem Bowl, he met the love of his life, Susan. They married in 1962. All who had the pleasure of knowing Larry would agree, he was a man with a heart of gold. Family was always first and foremost to him, but his other passions included fishing, golfing, reading, watching movies and traveling the world with family and friends. Happiest at home, his other favorite places included Carmel, Maui and Tahoe.
Larry is preceded in death by his brothers Jon, Dick, David and sister Pearl. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Susan; son Kirk; daughter Lori and her husband David Sanson; grandsons Trent and Connor Sanson and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held on Friday, November 22 at Saint Matthew Lutheran Church, 399 Wiget Lane, Walnut Creek beginning at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to the Melanoma Research Foundation, www.melanoma.org or 1411 K Street NW, Suite 800, Washington DC 20005.
Published in Contra Costa Times on Nov. 19, 2013