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1920 ~ 2013
Max Bennett, 93, passed away on September 17, 2013 in Salt Lake City.
He was born in West Jordan, UT on June 20, 1920 to William Harris and Chloe Christensen Bennett. Max's family lived briefly in Phoenix, but at the age of 9 returned to West Jordan during the Great Depression to join his extended family living on his grandparent's sugar beet farm. In his early teens the family moved to Salt Lake where he graduated from East High. In 1942, after attending 2 years at the University of Utah, he joined the U.S. Army spending 4 years in active duty. After the war, he attended U. Cal-Berkley on the GI Bill and received a BA in psychology. On September 18, 1946 with Althea May sitting behind him on his Indian motorcycle, the two eloped to, and were married in, Evanston, WY. With the help of his father, he built a home in the Millcreek area where he and Althea raised their four children. Max worked 34 years with the Deseret News/Newspaper Agency Corporation and spent 23 years in the U.S. Army Reserves retiring as a Lt. Col.
He will be remembered for his wit, humor, and smile. Max is survived by his sons Collin (Kim) and Brett (Karen) both of Seattle; daughter Reb (Peter) Staks of Salt Lake; 10 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by daughter Gayen and brothers JB and Don. The family would like to acknowledge and thank those who cared for him at Silverado Senior Living.
A graveside service was held at Salt Lake City Cemetery.
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Published in Salt Lake Tribune on Sept. 22, 2013
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