Jackie Lee Benson of Englewood, Colorado passed away on May 30, 2021
He was born in the coal mining town of Winton, Wyoming on January 4th, 1934 to Leslie and Mabel Leon Benson.
While growing up he loved to roam and explore the prairies of Wyoming and loved the smell of sagebrush, especially after a summer rain. He and his family would pack up the family car almost every summer weekend to go fishing and camping in the mountains.
He moved to Englewood Colorado in 1948 and on a trip back to Wyoming on his birthday, January 4, 1949, he and his family were caught in the Great Blizzard of 1949. All turned out okay and Jack continued on with his education. He graduated from Englewood High School in 1952.
After high school he enlisted with the Marine Corps air reserves and got a job with Colorado Central Power Company as a meter reader.
On February 27, 1953 he married the love of his life, Jeannie Williams. They were married for 67 years. Not long after they were married, Jack was called up to serve his country and was stationed in the Territory of Hawaii. He and Jeannie lived near Honolulu and it is there his first daughter, Laura, was born.
After returning to the States in 1955, Jack resumed his job at Colorado Central power and stayed on as a lineman after it merged with Public Service Company of Colorado until he retired. He and Jean decided to make Englewood their home, so they settled into a house and eventually he and Jean had two more daughters, Linda and Lisa.
Jack was musically inclined and played trumpet so well, the Marine Corps band had asked him to join, but he was in the process of leaving active duty and moving home to Englewood, so he had to decline the invitation. He enjoyed listening to music his whole life.
Jack enjoyed gardening, crafting ships in a bottle, woodworking, tooling leather, football games and after he retired he and Jeannie traveled throughout the western states, camping along the way, and also would visit their daughters, relatives and friends.
Another Special time of year Jack loved was Christmas, putting up the Christmas Tree, the holidays and family gatherings.
Jack had a great love of the outdoors and to be in nature. He was an avid fisherman. In 1959 he took his family on a fishing trip and along the way stayed overnight at Yellowstone. But that night he had to gather his family up in a hurry, left in the middle of the night and somehow drove them to safety, as they had just survived the Yellowstone earthquake on August 17, 1959.
Most of all, if there was one thing in the world Jack loved most of all, it was a campfire. He enjoyed family and friends all sitting around a campfire telling tales and stories, enjoying each other's company with laughter and love.
Jack is survived by his daughters, Laura and husband Don Christensen of Delta Colorado, Linda and Husband Bruce Ollinger of Nebraska, Lisa and husband Cliff Houser of Lakewood Colorado, 9 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Mable Leon (nee Chritensen) Benson, his wife Jeannie Marie and two Brothers, Keith Benson and Kenneth Benson.
Open viewing will be on Sunday June 27th from 1:00 - 2:30 PM at Stork Family Mortuary, 1895 Wadsworth blvd., Lakewood, Colorado
Service and Interment will be June 28th at 10:00 A.M., at Fort Logan National Cemetery.
For more info; L Ollinger, [email protected]
Published by Colorado Community Media on Jun. 17, 2021.