Spencer Bench passed away peacefully December 11, 2010,
surrounded by loved ones, after suffering a recent stroke.
Gordon was born August 7, 1920, in Price, Utah, to George
Edward Bench, Jr. and Isabelle Barton. After moving with
his family to Los Angeles, CA, he married Verdon Allred
of Springdale, Utah, in 1943. He served as a staff sergeant
in the Army during World War II. He and Verdon became the
parents of four sons. After graduating from Occidental College,
Gordon went to work on the personal staff of Howard Hughes
and later worked at Rexall Drug, JB's Big Boy Restaurants,
and for the Osmond Family.
Always a faithful member of the LDS Church, Gordon served
in many capacities, including that of bishop and branch
president at the MTC. But one of his favorite callings was
that of softball coach while living in Canoga Park, CA.
There he had an enormous influence for good on many young
men; to this day, they still affectionately call him "Coach."
After the death of his beloved Verdon, Gordon married Jean
Johnson Walz in 1983, and retired in Alpine, Utah, where
they have been devoted to each other ever since. They served
two missions together, in Barcelona, Spain, and the Mexico
Gordon will be remembered for his lifetime of service to
others, devotion to his family, and his many positive traits,
one of which was his ever-present sense of humor. He had
us laughing even to the end.
Gordon Bench was preceded in death by his parents, siblings,
wife (Verdon), and two sons, Al and Ken. He is survived
by his wife, Jean; sons, Dennis (Aileen) Bench, Curt (Pat)
Bench; stepchildren Susan (Bob) Mortensen, Debbie (Dale)
Bentley, Bob (Michelle) Walz, Rick Walz; grandchildren and
The family expresses deep gratitude to the caregivers who
have lovingly cared for Gordon and Jean, to Alpine Home
Care and Hospice, and to all their friends and staff at
River Meadows Senior Living in Alpine.
Funeral services for Gordon will be held Thursday, December
16, 2010, at 12:00 noon in the Alpine 8th Ward Chapel, 890
North Heritage Hills Drive, Alpine, Utah. Family and friends
may attend a viewing at the church Thursday morning from
10:30 to 11:30 am prior to services. Interment will be in
the Springville City Cemetery. Funeral Directors - Warenski
Funeral Home of American Fork, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be
made to the LDS Church Humanitarian Fund.
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