Ben Stewart Aitken

September 20, 1935September 26, 2012

BEN S. AITKEN – NAMPA, IDAHO September 20, 1935- September 26, 2012

I’ve traveled many places, forded a thousand rippling streams. Crossed the open prairie, seen where men had lost their dreams. Paused on the mountain, heard the wind blow thru the pine. Watched herds grazing, on grass so tender and fine. Rode ridges and canyons deep, where men of old have trod. Felt the early morning sun, the rim rocks warmed by God. Saddle a mountain mustang, the frost is in the air. Hear the whistle in his nose, sense his glassy stare. Take me back to a canyon rim, in mornings blue misty haze. A mountain stream tumbles down; its beauty once held my gaze. Bury me there upon a ridge, for my time here is done. Leave me, the Canyon Ghost, at the setting of the sun.

By, “Barbed wire” Ben Stewart Aitken- Cowboy Poet- September 20, 1935- September 26, 2012 Survived by his daughters, Cheryl Shoemaker, Shirley Snyder and Joyce Howe, his wife Phyllis and her children. Services will be held October 6, 2012 at 1:00 pm. @ Salmon River Community Church, 1102 S Main, Riggins, ID. Cremation is under the direction of Shaffer-Jensen Memory Chapel, Payette. Condolences may be made to Ben’s family at In lieu of flowers, please give the gift of a tree-“Give a tree” gift cards@ They can be sent to P.O. Box 1001 Nampa, ID 83653


  • Memorial Service Saturday, October 6, 2012

Ben Stewart Aitken

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October 8, 2012

I express my deepest condolences to the family. May you find comfort in the words found at Psalm 46:1.

October 8, 2012

Ben and I were neighbors on Squaw Creek, Idaho. We were grade school and high school classmates. We rode after cattle on the same summer range. My condolences to his family. Harold Wisdom

October 7, 2012

In the short time I was privileged to share with Ben, he managed to create a lasting impression that is still with me today.

Upon meeting him for the first time, it was hard not to like Ben; he made it easy, with his warm, welcoming smile. It was his way, inviting all he met to relax a bit and share some stories. He was genuine, and that rare quality was evident immediately. Without effort, he put folks at ease; even folks he just met knew they could trust him - with anything - from material possessions to the more fragile exchanges of the heart.

I once witnessed Ben apply his wisdom with such subtle gentleness and humor, that folks never knew what hit them, as he defused an escalating & potentially volatile situation with ease. Then he turned and winked at me as a smile slowly spread across his knowing face. It was truly a rare moment in time for me, having the honor to observe him enter that arena and come out, not just unscathed, but smiling, as the main characters deflated, and peacefully walked away.

Yes, Ben was one of the good guys. Those who knew him are truly better off for the experience. He may have left us, but not before he filled our memories with the best of himself. And if you think you don't have enough memories, or should they begin to fade, just sit back, relax, and listen to his recordings, again & again….and know, he's still right here with us, in our hearts.

~ Lindy (Beaubien) Walsh

October 7, 2012

Great ole cowboy, wish we could have met sooner to hear some more stories. Condolences to all.
R.W. King, Caldwell, ID.

John Blakeley

October 6, 2012

Ben was an inspiration to me to write cowboy poetry. I still laugh at some of his poems and can see him in my minds eye while he performed on stage. Ben will be missed but his smile and humor will live on.

Judy Benoit

October 6, 2012

My condolences to all of the family. The absence of a family member will always be a void in your heart and life and only fades with time. But, focus on the beautiful memories that you have, smile, and even laugh at some of his memories, because Ben would want you to do that. Above all, be ever so grateful that Ben knew and loved His Maker and Saviour, Jesus Christ, before going home. May God bless you and pour out His Grace on each and everyone of you.

Jane Puyear

October 3, 2012

Our mosquito poet will be greatly missed

Bob & Jean Stockwell

October 2, 2012

We shall always cherish the fond memories of working with you and Ben at your Sage Creek Road home. Your great home cooked meals and enjoyable conversation flow through our minds at this time. We appreciate the time given by Ben to share his Cowboy Poetry with our Church Group and our grandson's High School English Class and of course at the Cowboy Poetry Gathering. It gives us peace of mind to know that we shall all someday resume gathering with Ben on the other side of the veil. Bob & Jean Stockwell

October 2, 2012

October 2, 2012

Just wanted you to know we are thinking of you and remembering many good years. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Hang on to those happy memories, they are precious.

Thinking of you
Bruce and Diana Bowman