Ben Aitken(1935 - 2012)

Ben Stewart Aitken
September 20, 1935 - September 26, 2012
I've traveled many places, forded a thousand rippling streams.
Crossed the open prairie, seen where men had lost their dreams.
Paused on the mountain, heard the wind blow thru the pine.
Watched herds grazing, on grass so tender and fine.
Rode ridges and canyons deep, where men of old have trod.
Felt the early morning sun, the rim rocks warmed by God.
Saddle a mountain mustang, the frost is in the air.
Hear the whistle in his nose, sense his glassy stare.
Take me back to a canyon rim, in mornings blue misty haze.
A mountain stream tumbles down; its beauty once held my gaze.
Bury me there upon a ridge, for my time here is done.
Leave me, the Canyon Ghost, at the setting of the sun.
By, "Barbed wire" Ben Stewart Aitken- Cowboy Poet
Survived by his daughters, Cheryl Shoemaker, Shirley Snyder and Joyce Howe, his wife Phyllis and her children.
Services will be held October 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm. @ Salmon River Community Church, 1102 S Main, Riggins, ID. Cremation is under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Ben's family at
In lieu of flowers, please give the gift of a tree-"Give a tree" gift cards@ They can be sent to P.O. Box 1001 Nampa, ID 83653

Funeral Home

Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel
112 N 9th PO Box 730 Payette, ID 83661
(208) 642-3333

Published in Idaho Press Tribune on Oct. 2, 2012