Elwood Decker Benson

Benson obitOctober 21, 1934 — February 25, 2016

A Life Well Lived

Elwood Decker Benson passed away on February 25, 2016, at age 82 in the Iron County Nursing Home, Parowan, Utah.

Elwood was born to Richard and Pearl Benson in Parowan, Utah, on October 21, 1934. He had two older brothers, Keith and Clair, and a younger brother, Wayne. Elwood graduated from Parowan High School in 1952 then served an LDS mission in the Tennessee area.

After returning from his mission, he joined the US Army and served from May 1957 to April 1959 then continued in the reserves until 1963. He attended the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City, Utah, for a short time; afterward he went to work for Sears in California and then back to Salt Lake City.

In 1965 Elwood started his career with the U.S. Postal Service in Salt Lake City. He retired in 1992 and moved back to Parowan.

Elwood was very devoted and active in the LDS Church. He was very charitable and gave to many organizations throughout his life. He also had many hobbies some of which were night sky watching, model trains, and having an avid interest in Military History, Native America history and learning about other cultures.

Elwood is survived by Keith and Barbara, Clair and Pat, Wayne and Alice, 11 nieces and nephews, and other great and great/great nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both of his parents ,Richard and Pearl Benson, and one sister-in-law, Marcaine.

Graveside Services

  • Saturday, March 5, 2016, at 11 a.m at the Parowan Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary.
  • A viewing will be held on Friday, March 4, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Southern Utah Mortuary – Parowan (15 East 100 North, Parowan, Utah).
  • Saturday, March 5, a viewing will be held at the mortuary (Parowan) from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Condolences can be made online at www.sumortuary.com.

 “God Hath not promised Skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways All our lives through; God hath not promised Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain.” – Blue Skies

“But God hath promised Strength for the day, Rest for the labor, Light for the way. Grace for the trials, Help from above, Unfailing sympathy and Undying Love….” -Author Unknown

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