1938 ~ 2013
Ronald Bennett, a loving husband, father, grandfather, and
brother, passed away peacefully in his home on December
12, 2013 at the age of 75. Dad was born of goodly parents
in North bend, Oregon, March 4, 1938. Even from a young
age, Dad has always been very active and sometimes mischievous.
He told stories of him and his best friend and Brother Dick.
When they were about 8-10 years old they were chased off
the golf course by the superintendent for collecting and
selling golf balls. He later caddied at that same course
to earn money. He would try to be the first caddy there
in the morning so that he could caddie two rounds instead
of one. They would use that money to go down to the local
burger joint and buy his favorite food, burgers, fries and
His family did not have much money growing up. He came
from a very humble beginning. It was a blessing that she
worked at Cucamonga elementary school cafeteria in Southern
California because she would bring home the leftovers for
her family so they wouldn’t go hungry. Because of
his humble beginnings, Dad made a vow to change that. As
a young teen he began getting involved in athletics. He
played football and baseball. He understood the importance
of developing his body. He worked out and developed himself
physically when other kids were getting into trouble, involved
with girls and other frivolous activities, he was practicing
his sports. He was bound and determined to rise out of the
His hard work and determination paid off. When he was 17
years old he signed his first professional baseball contract.
He has always said that football was his better sport but
when baseball organizations started flashing money, he decided
to sign a contract to play professional baseball.
As a 20 year old young professional athlete, he was thrown
into a lifestyle of playing in a different city every few
days, partying at nights with his baseball buddies and all
the temptations that go along with being a professional
athlete. He believed in God and had spiritual moments that
led his thoughts toward spiritual things. He would often
wonder which of all the churches were telling the truth.
After a night of partying, he would go with a couple of
his friends to their church and confess all the things they
did the night before and then go and do them all over again
the very next weekend. He got to a point where that just
did not make sense and questioned that, if there was a God,
He would not be happy with that type of behavior. The In
1963, during the off season, dad met missionaries from the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. His life would
never be the same. He found the truth he was looking for.
He had gone to all the churches and he never felt the spirit
so strong in his life until he met the elders and prayed
about what they were saying. He was baptized soon after
that and he later helped many of his friends find the truth.
He praised the names of those two elders until the day he
died. His devotion and conviction to the gospel was so strong
that he chose to take two years out of the prime of his
life to serve a mission. In 1963 he was called to serve
in the London, England mission under Marion D. Hanks. a199
Marion D. Hanks made a strong impact on his life. While
in England he had many life changing experiences. That is
where he truly found himself and discovered that he was
as a Son of God. The testimony he gained in England shaped
him. He shared that witness he gained throughout his entire
life at firesides, family home evenings and anyone that
he would meet.
After returning from England, he married his sweetheart
Carol Jo Shideler, from Rifle, CO. They met at BYU, fell
in love and on Sept 30, 1965 they made sacred convents to
each other in the Salt Lake City Temple. They had 8 kids,
37 grandkids and 4 great grandkids. He shared his testimony
of the truthfulness of the gospel to all of them at one
point or another and many times over to a lot of them. Carol
and Chuck first lived in Provo where he finished his degree
in Animal Science from BYU and then moved to a 22 acre farm
in Benjamin, UT where he had a small farm. He taught many
of his kids how to work hard on that farm, building fences,
raising animals, growing and harvesting plants. They then
moved to Salem, UT and later moved to American Fork, UT
where he lived until he passed away.
Dad worked at DHI (dairy herding industry) for over 30
years. He was very knowledgeable about the computer software
that they produced so he would travel to dairies all over
the US to teach the dairymen how to maximize dairy production.
He was respected by all with whom he came in contact in
business. He was honest and his integrity made him very
successful in the dairy business world.
Dad spent his life following King Benjamin’s proclamation.
When ye are in the service of your fellow being, ye are
only in the service of your God. He was always more concerned
about his family and friends needs than his own. He was
constantly visiting his kids in Arizona, California or Washington
to help them with anything they needed. He served God until
his dying day.
We know that Dad has been called to a greater mission.
We know he will serve with all his heart and with the same
conviction that he did in his mortal life. Dad, may God
bless you until we meet again. We love you!