DOVER, Benjamin F. FORT WORTH- Benjamin F. Dover, passed away Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, in Fort Worth from pneumonia. He was 57 years old. Born Lance Blumen in 1958 in Waco, Texas, Benjamin was a respected author, columnist, radio host, and broadcast professional known for his work to "level the playing field for the little guy" and his no-nonsense "been there, done that" advice on how to recover from life's challenges. Lance, a self-described "deal junkie," reinvented himself as author and publisher following a near-fatal motorcycle accident in 1989. As Benjamin Dover, his expertise, natural ability to connect with people, and tireless work ethic led to a long-running column in the Dallas Morning News, "The Benjamin Dover" radio talk show, and regular guest and correspondent appearances on regional and national television programs. Benjamin is survived by his father, Bruce Blumen; sisters Linda Hess and Stacy Knight; brother Andrew Phillips; niece Lindsey Nemeth; and nephews Cameron and Gavin Knight. He is predeceased by his mother, Joanna Burpo. Benjamin was a graduate of Texas Christian University and a lifelong Frogs fan. He was devoted to his friends and family. Benjamin lived large, laughed easily, believed deeply, and gave of himself completely. Memorial service: 11:30 a.m. Feb. 6, Greenwood Chapel, 3100 White Settlement Road, Fort Worth. No black attire, please. Donations in Ben's memory: Leeza Gibbons Memory Foun-dation: leezascareconnection.org
Published by Dallas Morning News on Jan. 31, 2016.