Calvin Jay Benson Sr. passed away on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011, at his residence in Peach Springs at the age of 67. Calvin was born on May 19, 1944, in Cedar City, Utah, to Jay and Ruth (Parashonts) Benson.
Following graduation from high school, Calvin enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and proudly served his country, receiving his honorable discharge on Sept. 28, 1966.
Calvin became a civil engineer and conducted various surveying projects for the Hualapai Tribe.
Calvin is survived by his wife of 46 years, Louise Benson; sons, Calvin J. Benson Jr. and Merlin Joe Benson; daughters, Gayle Benson of Bainbridge Island, Wash., and Deanna L. Benson; brothers, York Benson of St. George, Utah, and Scott Benson of Kayenta; sisters Jolene Turnvall of St. George, Melanie Benson of Salt Lake City; Pamela Benson of Salt Lake City and Oleda Benson of Peach Springs; grandchildren, Shane Benson, Zavier Benson, Shadoww Benson, Kyra Benson, Cordel Benson, Vince C. Querta, Lacey Beecher, Monroe Beecher and Jaeden Fisher; and one great-grandson Tilan-Jay Bender.
Church services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday, at the Hualapai Tribal Gym followed by the traditional wake at 6 p.m. Burial will follow at Peach Springs Cemetery the following morning at sunrise.
Thoughts and condolences may be submitted to the family at www.lietz-frazefuneralhome.com. Arrangements were placed under the care of Lietz-Fraze Funeral Home and Crematory.