On Tuesday, February 10, 2015, the world lost the best husband, father, son, brother and grandpa. Ben Paul Rash was raised in Idaho and joined the United States Navy in 1977. He served on a nuclear Submarine, the USS Drum, SSN677. After a six year stint, he settled in Fresno, CA, and met the love of his life and partner in crime, Mary Ellen. They raised four kids, Cecilia, Conor, Jake, and Trevor, and made the Tower District their home. Their house was always filled with friends, family, music, food, noise and pets. Ben was also an avid motorcycle enthusiast. He had a wicked sense of humor and was a natural born storyteller. Ben worked for the City of Fresno for 16 years and filled in for Spiderman in his spare time. Ben is survived by his wife of 27 years, Mary Ellen; his four children and their spouses; eight grandchildren; mother, Dotty Heying; step-mother, Patty Rash; sisters, Darla and Dee,; brothers, Rick and Joe; many, many brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews. A Celebration and Toast to his amazing life will be held at the family home on March 14, 2015, in the afternoon.
Published by Fresno Bee on Feb. 22, 2015.