Here are images of my father as a 19 year old missionary, as Iremeber him when he was the age that I am now and as he was before his passing.
Here is the obituary we sent to the papers here in Missouri and Utah.
Owen C. Bennion, 85, Stark City, died at 10:05 p.m., Fri., Jan. 25, 2008 at his home, following a short illness. He was born April 10, 1922, in Salt Lake City, UT, to Glynn Sharp Bennion and Lucile Morris (Cannon) Bennion.
Mr. Bennion spent his early years homesteading and cattle ranching with his father in western Utah. He served as a missionary in the Central States Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1941 to 1943. He also served stateside in the US Army during WWII from 1943 to 1947 at Ft. Lewis, WA.
Owen graduated from Brigham Young University in Provo, UT in 1955 with a BS degree in Education. He also took graduate classes at University of Mississippi in Oxford Mississippi, and received a Master of Science Education at the University of Utah in 1960. He taught in the science department of Lincoln High School in Orem, UT from 1955 to 1960; taught Physics and Earth Science in Brigham Young High school from 1960 to 1968; taught Chemistry, Physics and Geology in the Indian Education Department at Brigham Young University from 1968 through 1984. During this time he took frequent trips with his students to teach Geology and outdoor survival skills in Utah’s west desert. He also taught Old Testament and Book of Mormon; went to Israel to work on biblical archaeological site at Tel Macal and taught geology at Crowder College from 1984 to 1986.
Mr. Bennion was a lifetime member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served as a Sunday School teacher, Bishop, Branch President, High Councilor and Home Teacher. He was an avid gardener and loved fishing and back packing in the High Uintah Mountains in Utah, where as a Scout Master he frequently took his Boy Scout troop.
Mr. Bennion was preceded in death by a brother, Glynn Colin Bennion, and a son, Matthew Wood Bennion.
Owen married Lenore Wood, August 30, 1949 in Salt Lake City, UT. Lenore survives along with 12 children: sons, Joseph and Lee Bennion, Spring City, UT; Glynn and Jodi Bennion, Scott City, KS; Howard and Holly Bennion, Fairfield, CA; Samuel and Miyuki Bennion, Stark City, MO; Jonathan and Clara Bennion, Camdenton, MO; daughters, Katherine and Dennis Pincock, West Valley City, UT; Anne and Darrell Hansen, Granby, MO; Jeanne and Brad Mitchell, Perry, OK; Mary Lois and Jonathan Snow, Burlington, IA; Eileen and John Bingner, Hillsborough, OR; Lillian and Doug Nehring, Billings, MT; Lucy and Bryan Byrd, Stark City, MO; two brothers and a sister, George and Joye Bennion, UT; Robert and Francine Bennion, UT; Eileen McKean, Salt Lake City, UT; Sergene Bennion (sister-in-law), Provo, UT; 67 grandchildren and 25 great grandchildren.