Carl "Coach" Benton

Benton, Carl "Coach" 1921 ~ 2013 BOISE, ID / SAN DIEGO, CA -- Carl Webber Benton "Coach" passed away at age 91 on Thursday, June 20, 2013 in Boise, Idaho. He was a true Southern Gentleman to the end. Coach was greatly admired by all who knew him. Carl had a successful teaching and sports coaching career with San Diego State University, retiring after 35 years and teaching as an adjunct professor through 2002. Carl served with the U.S. Marine Corps in WWII and the Korean War, retiring as a Lieutenant Colonel in 1981 with both Active and Reserve service. Carl was married to Darlene "Dee Dee" Laughery in June 1950, they enjoyed 60 years of love, marriage, and family. He was thoroughly devoted to and very proud of daughters Kelli and Lori, and grandson Ryan. Carl meant the world to his family and friends; he is fondly remembered as a loving husband, father, and grandfather. Carl was preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Mary; stepmother, Elizabeth; brothers, Jack and Dick; sisters, Alice and Ellen; and beloved wife, Dee Dee Benton. He is survived by his sister, Betty Chenoweth; daughters, Kelli Hall and Lori Benton; and grandson, Ryan Hall and his wife Debbie. A military memorial service celebrating and remembering Coach will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2013, at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, Boise, Idaho. Please visit Coach's memorial webpage at www.

Published in U-T San Diego on June 30, 2013