Richard Vardell Bennett
November 16, 1942 – August 31, 2019
Salt Lake City, Utah – Richard “Dick” Vardell Bennett, 76, passed away August 31, 2019 surrounded by family following a brief battle with leukemia.
Dick was born on November 16, 1942 to Gloyde and Vard Bennett. He was raised in Magna, Utah and graduated from Cyprus High School in 1961. Dick was the oldest of 7 siblings and was lucky enough to have many “Richards” uncles he also considered his older brothers. He loved growing up under their guidance and he attributed many of his qualities to their influence on his life. Shortly after graduation, Dick proudly served his country in the US Air Force in Kansas City, Missouri. Upon completing his service, he returned to his home state of Utah.
Dick was a natural salesman with a strong appreciation for hard work. He began his career selling insurance, cars and then used heavy trucks. His career in the used truck industry was very successful, including being awarded “Dealer Member of the Year” by the Used Truck Association in 2012 and owning and operating Bennett’s TruckSource until 2015. In addition to his career, Dick was involved in many charitable organizations. One dear to his heart most recently was the Ronald McDonald House of Salt Lake City, where he served on the board of directors and received an award for “Board Volunteer of the Year” in 2009 and “Exceptional Volunteer Leadership” in 2014. The Bennett family along with their friends, the Moyle family have a room at the Ronald McDonald House named in their honor, “The Dick and Jane” room.
On July 19, 1980 Dick married his love, Linda Griffith at their home in Taylorsville. Together, they raised two daughters, JoDee and Richelle and loved nothing more than family get togethers with their grandchildren. Dick and Linda loved traveling, golfing and spending time outdoors with friends and family. Yearly highlights included family vacations to beach resorts and golf or ATV trips with friends. Dick enjoyed life, family and many friends. He was always there to brighten the lives of others with his warm and outgoing personality. His generous and kind spirit will live on in his children and grandchildren.
The Bennett family would like to thank the numerous friends, family and neighbors for the outpouring of love and support over these last few weeks. Dick is survived by his beautiful wife, Linda; three daughters Sherri Stauth (Larry), JoDee Weis (Seth) and Richelle Howell (Robert); 6 grandchildren Anthony McKnight, Maddison Howell, Carson Howell, Bennett Weis, Graham Howell and Camden Weis; his siblings David Bennett (Debbie), Kelly Dangerfield (Kathy), Tom Dangerfield, Bonnie Wardle (Jay), Ted Dangerfield (Becky), Russ Dangerfield (Debbie), and Shellie Dorius (Deril). He is preceded in death by his parents Gloyde Dangerfield and Vard Bennett. A visitation will take place Thursday, September 5 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Valley View Funeral Home (4335 West 4100 South). Funeral services will take place at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS church located at 9750 South 2200 West in South Jordan with visitation from 10:00 – 10:45.
The Bennett family kindly requests that donations be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) or Ronald McDonald House of Salt Lake City in lieu of flowers
- Visitation Thursday, September 5, 2019
- Visitation Friday, September 6, 2019
- Funeral Service Friday, September 6, 2019
Richard Vardell Bennett
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September 3, 2019
Dear Linda and Family
It is with our deepest sympathy that we write to tell you how sorry we are and that our prayers are with you at this most difficult time. May God comfort you in the days ahead. Linda will long remember our days working together at Dr Davis s and our concert with Dick to Barry Mandilow that he HAD to go with Linda and I and we had many laughs at Dicks expense. MIKE remembers our fun visit in St George where he really got to know Dick better. Our hearts are with you. Love
Mike and Sherrie Harbertson