BENNETT, KEITH Captain Keith Bennett, SC USN Del Mar -- Captain Keith Bennett, SC USN, Ret., passed away peacefully at his home in Del Mar on Sunday, June 28, 2009, after a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in 1922 in Rigby, Idaho, he served his country during World War II, Korea and Vietnam as an officer in the U.S. Navy. His military career was highlighted with tours throughout the world and included positions as Comptroller CINCPAC, Commanding Officer Defense Depot Memphis, and Comptroller U.S. Naval Shipyard, Pearl Harbor. His numerous accolades include campaign medals, war medals, the Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service, and three Bronze Stars. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and attended U of Idaho, U of Washington, Harvard and the U.S. Naval War College. Following his distinguished 31 year Naval career, he served as Directory of Finance for the City of Gardena. Keith was also involved in Rotary, ARCS, QED and the Village Church in RSF. Keith is survived by his loving and devoted wife, Mary Jane; daughters, Pam Risher (George) of Santa Maria, and Lisa Hanly of Encinitas; son, Keith Jr. of Louisville, KY; eight grandchildren, and two great-grandsons. Services are at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, July 16th, at Fort Rosecrans National Cemetery, Point Loma. Donations in his memory may be made to San Diego Hospice and ARCS. He was dearly loved and his sweet spirit will be missed.
Published in San Diego Union-Tribune on Jul. 12, 2009.