Mr. Benjamin Haines Shattuck
Benjamin Haines Shattuck, 85, of Evans, Georgia passed away peacefully on Friday June 28, 2013 at Brandon Wilde Retirement Community. Ben will be remembered as a gentleman, an officer of the Navy, an artist, a successful businessman and a sportsman. Most of all, Ben will be remembered as the proud patriarch of a large and loving family.
Born in Los Angeles, California on March 26th, 1928 to Charles Henry Shattuck, Sr. and Bess Haines Shattuck, Ben was the youngest of two sons (brother Charles Henry Shattuck , Jr. 1923-2010). Ben grew up in Pasadena and San Marino, California for most of his early life. He attended Polytechnic School, Pasadena, California (1940-1943), The Cate School, Carpinteria, California (1943-1945) and graduated from San Marino Prep School in 1946. Ben went on to attend the University of California, Berkeley, graduating with a Business Administration degree in 1950. While at Cal, he was a proud member of Delta Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (Dekes), The Skull & Keys (one of the oldest men's honor society at Cal), The Scabbard and Blade (an elite society that developed dedicated leaders for our nation's military services) and the Beta Beta Club at Cal.
In 1950, Ben married Ann Waynick Ruble (1927-2002) and started their family of 4 daughters while living in San Marino. Ben was an active father with his girls and created wonderful memories teaching his girls to love skiing, to backpack through the Sierras, and even bird hunting. Ben also spent time serving his country. In 1950, Ben enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served during the Korean War as an officer on the submarine USS Blackfin until 1953. His professional career began in sales (Broadway Stores, Rubbermaid and Thompson Peppermills), then as a broker for Mitchum Jones & Templeton and ultimately into investment management with Nat'l Securities & Research Corp. In 1968, Ben began his long tenure with Capital Group Inc., retiring in 1990 as Senior VP of American Funds and VP of Capital Research Management Company. In 1990 Ben married Mary Richards Yort of Hawaii and blended his four girls with Mary's three sons into a very large extended family. Ben and Mary lived in northern California's Sonoma County until relocating in 2010 to the Augusta, Georgia area.
Ben leaves behind his wife of 22 years, Mary Richards Yort Shattuck, daughters Jodie (Kirk) Portzel of Kalispell, Mt.; Lori (Wayne) Payne of San Clemente, California; Stacey (Jeff) Houtz of Hood River, Ore.; Susan (Lyle) Androus of Littleton, Co.; step-sons Chuck (Vicki) Yort of Los Altos, Ca.; Bennett (Caroline) Yort of Augusta, Ga.; and Monty (Tracy) Yort of Greenwich, Ct. Ben is also survived by 18 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren and his brother's family, sister in law Ellen Shattuck, nephew Jack Shattuck, niece Ann Webster and nephew Charles Henry "Hank" Shattuck, III.
The family of 50 plans to gather and celebrate Ben's life while all together on Fripp Island, South Carolina June of 2014, where the Shattuck/Yort clan has had many happy memories. In keeping with a Shattuck tradition, Ben's hand-built beloved canon will be fired. Ben would always go to great trouble (and risk!) to fire this canon for family milestone events. A proper farewell to a well loved man.
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Published in Pasadena Star-News on July 9, 2013