Kirt B. Bennett, a financial representative with Northwest Mutual Financial Network, entered into eternal rest Monday, May 3, 2010, at Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center after suffering from a stroke almost a week earlier. He was 42. Bennett was well-known for founding the Young Leaders Academy of Baton Rouge in 1993. The group made two appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show and won the Use Your Life award in 2001; received three U.S. Presidential Service awards; the National Points of Light award in 2001; and an FBI Community Service award in 2006. Bennett enrolled at LSU on an athletic scholarship where he received a bachelor's degree in political science in 1991. He lettered three years in track, throwing the shot-put, discus and hammer. As a political science major, Bennett used his political skills to win election as president of the LSU Student Government Association. In 1993, the same year he founded the Young Leaders Academy, Bennett ran for District 67 seat. He ran for lieutenant governor in 2003. Bennett had been serving as treasurer on the Port of Greater Baton Rouge's board of commissioners. Gov. Bobby Jindal appointed Bennett to the board in 2008. Mr. Bennett was a member of Wesley United Methodist Church located in downtown Baton Rouge. Kirt was loved, admired and respected throughout the Baton Rouge community and will be greatly missed. Survivors include his mother, Nova Carlota Bennett; loving and devoted wife, Denise Bennett; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Mildred and Herman Taylor; three children, John Denham, Christiana Marie and Benjamin Taylor; a brother, Cleon Lyndon Bennett and wife Pearl; a sister, Tanya Michelle Bennett; "Granny" Dorthy Blanchard; other relatives and close friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Elden Denham Bennett. Relatives and friends of the family, parishioners and members of surrounding churches, Wesley United Methodist Church members, St. Paul's Church members, Northwestern Mutual Financial Network, Young Leaders Academy, graduates of McMain High School, A.P. Tureaud Sr. Alumni Chapter members, LSU Track & Field Alumni and Facebook friends are invited to attend the Mass of Christian Burial at St. Joseph Cathedral, 401 Main St., Baton Rouge, Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m. Visitation begins at 9 a.m. Interment in Greenoaks Memorial Park. Arrangements by Rhodes United Fidelity Funeral Home, 2929 Scenic Highway, Baton Rouge. To sign the guestbook, please visit www.rhodesla.com.
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Published in TheAdvocate.com on May 7, 2010