Paul H Benat

January 26, 1921November 16, 2013
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Paul Henry Benat January 26, 1921 to November 16, 2013

Born nine years before the depression, raised in Dallas, lived through the "good ole days" and graduated from Forest Avenue High School. Class of 1939, now known as Madison High School.

Paul and his wife, Margaret, were married in 1947 and for 59 years until her death in September, 2006. Paul is survived by his two sons and their spouses, 5 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

The sons are Marvin and his wife, Martha, of Las Vegas, NV and Richard and his wife, Christen, of Richardson, TX. The grandchildren and great grandchildren are Chalice and her husband Brandon Alkire of Marshall, MO, who have twin sons, Ashton and Devin; Robert Beverly and his wife Karen of New York, NY, who have one son, Edan; Lisa and her husband Kyle Robinson of Sulphur Springs, TX, who have three daughters and a son, Taylor, Haley, Katelyn and Garrett; Jennifer and her husband Allan Rayson of Austin, TX, who have three sons, Will, Alex and Sammie; Julie and her husband Helmut Fraundorfer of Linz, Austria, who have two sons, Jake and Josh.

Paul and Margaret were members of St. Cecilia's Catholic Church in Oak Cliff from 1947 until they were no longer able to attend.

Fortunate to have a mechanical aptitude and strong curiosity for what makes things tick, Paul, at age 12, began building his own Model T Ford from spare parts. He soon found that he could enjoy working and earn while learning by helping neighbors maintain cars, farm equipment and construction machinery. In 1940, Paul took a temporary job recording physical inventory for Beckett Electric Company which later became Electrical Supply Corp. He quickly became a permanent employee of the company and worked as a truck driver, stock clerk and counter salesman until he was called to serve his country.

Paul is a veteran of WW II having served three and a half years in the U.S. Army Air Corp as a flight engineer and mechanic on the B26 bomber and three succeeding years in the U.S. Air Force Reserves. Although he never left the States during WW II he had one of the most dangerous jobs in the military. He also, flew in the target tow planes and was shot at continually by his military buddies!

In July of 1947, Paul came back to Electrical Supply Corp, which was bought by Summers Electric which was later purchased by Stuart C. Irby Co. He started as an inside counter sales person and worked diligently to learn more about the materials and equipment in the electrical, refrigeration and air conditioning industries. In 1962, he was promoted to an outside sales person and created a new Dallas territory for himself. In 1987, he retired from Stuart C. Irby Co., and at that time, was the last of the original Electrical Supply Corp employees.

One of his fondest memories was the 1992 Benat Family Reunion where he and his siblings, Christina, Ruth, Sister Ann, Max (deceased prior to 1992), Otto, Robert, Jerry and himself were lovingly and collectively known as "The Board of Benats."

He is preceded in death by his Mother and Father, four brothers and three sisters (and all of their spouses), one nephew and one niece. He is also survived by one cousin, 15 nieces and nephews, grand and great nieces and nephews (too many to count).

He has been heard to say, "I never wanted to be the last one to go!" However, Paul is the last and the end of a "great generation" of Benats and loved by all.

Funeral Services are being handled by Calvary Hill Funeral Home and Cemetery, 3235 Lombardy Ln, Dallas, TX 75220. There will be a viewing from 4 to 8 PM on Friday, November 22, with a Rosary at 6 PM at Calvary Hill. The funeral will be Saturday, November 23, with Mass starting at noon. There will be a reception for all in the community room at Calvary Hill following the funeral.

In lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution to the Parkinson's Voice Project, 646 N. Coit Rd. Suite 2250, Richardson, TX 75080 or the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.


  • Visitation Friday, November 22, 2013
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 23, 2013

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Larry Ackels

November 23, 2013

A Mighty Oak Has Fallen! He was the last surviving member of a great generation of the Benat Family. He never stopped fighting the good fight. May our heavenly Father ease your grief and leave only the cherished memories of his loving ways. May the love of family and friends comfort you in this time of sorrow. And may the Angels lead him into Paradise. Your Friends, Larry & Mary Ackels and The Ackels Family.

Laura Smith

November 22, 2013

Laura Smith

November 22, 2013

Your Dad was so special to me. As a Hospice volunteer, I had no idea that your precious Pop would steal my heart. After visiting him for more than 4 years, we had many fun, historical & faith-based conversations. He loved it when I sang old hymns to him & praying the Lord's Prayer with me before I left. He loved holding my hand, getting a shoulder massage, but he especially loved when I brushed his hair & massaged his head. Pop was a very kind, humble & grateful man. We'd talk about heaven a lot, his dreams & his purpose for living when he felt he wasn't able to give to others in his declining health. He was so proud of his family & felt very loved by all of you. I am forever changed by my relationship with Pop. I am blessed. He is now out of pain and enjoying his forever home, Heaven. With love, Laura Smith, Dallas, Texas

November 22, 2013

November 22, 2013

November 21, 2013

We, the Sisters of St. Mary at Our Lady of Victory Center in Fort Worth, wish to express our sincere condolences to all of the family. Sister Ann, one of Paul's sisters, felt very close to him and to all the family. May he rest in peace and may God console you in your loss.

November 21, 2013

November 21, 2013

Marvin Benat

November 21, 2013


I have learned a lot from you these past 65 years. I have learned about cars and washing machines. I have learned how to pack garage to the doors and still find room for another tool. I have learned how to determine what the "important stuff" is from the junk. Most of all, I have learned about being a good husband and father. Say hello to Mom. I will miss you and I love you.


Martha Benat

November 21, 2013

My Dear Sweet Pop,

I am going to miss placing kisses on your face. When Jesus calls me home and I see you again, tell Him to let me in because I will have lots and lots of kisses just for you. I love you and I will miss you.