JEMISON, Ala. Larry D. Benjamin, 64, died Monday, March 5, at his home in Jemison, Ala., after many months battling with mesothelioma cancer, caused by asbestos in the lungs.
Larry was born July 29, 1942 in Eugene. His parents were Russell E. And Dorothy W. Benjamin. He was the youngest of three children. His early years were spent on the Oregon Coast, where his father was working in a saw mill.
In December 1946, the family moved to Caldwell, Idaho where Larry spent his growing up years. His parents owned and operated five nursing homes. He was a life-long member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. He spent his high school years, (1957-1961), at Mt. Ellis Academy, in Bozeman, Mont. He loved snow skiing and was instrumental in attaining the ski hill for the academy while he attended there. Larry loved water skiing, swimming, horse back riding and hiking Mount Ellis which was not far from the school. After finishing high school he attended a year at Walla Walla College in College Place, Wash. He also attended the Nampa Business College in Nampa, Idaho.
Larry met Dorothy Barrow, who was working in one of his father's nursing homes in Caldwell, Idaho, and two years later on July 7, 1963 were married. They made their home in Caldwell for two years, where Larry worked at Stevenson Floor Covering, Kit Manufacturing and then later at the Caldwell Bake & Serve, Rhoads frozen bread dough plant at Gem State Academy.
On July 20, 1964, their first son Ronald R. Benjamin was born. On Sept., 23, 1965 their second son Douglas W. Benjamin was born. In October 1966 Larry moved his family to Hermiston where Larry started working at Marlette Homes. He worked there for 23 years and worked his way up the ladder from the production line to electrician, to the engineering department, and then on to the quality assurance manager. While in Hermiston he also worked in real estate and he worked two years at the Umatilla Army Depot as an electrician.
Larry was a life-long member of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. In January 1991 Larry and Dorothy moved to Alabama to become full-time missionaries. Starting first at United Prison Ministries and then in August went to Inspiration Books East, Inc., in Jemison, Ala., a Christian Publishing company. While there they traveled to 25 countries helping to distribute in excess of 35 million Christian publications. They traveled much of the United States also distributing Christian publications and presenting Mission Spot Lights and speaking widely to various audiences, including television interviews in Denver, Colo., and three ABN in Frankfort, Ill.
Larry was preceded in death by both his parents. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy A. Benjamin; his two sons, Ronald R. and Anna Benjamin of Milton-Freewater, and Douglas W. Benjamin of Bellevue, Wash.; one granddaughter, Shyanne Benjamin; two stepgranddaughters, Tiffany and Stephanie; and two great-grandchildren, Brandon and Kayla; one brother, Don and Patti Benjamin of Fairbanks, Alaska; one sister, Gwen Emmerson of Billings, Mont.; and many nieces and nephews.
Memorial contributions may be sent to: Inspiration Books East, Inc., P.O. Box 352, Jemison, Ala., 35085. Larry's wishes for the memorial gifts are that they be used to print "Life Changing" books, and be distributed freely world wide.
Funeral services will be Saturday, March 10, at 3 p.m., at the Hermiston Seventh-day Adventist Church, 855 W. Highland Ave., with burial to follow in the Hermiston Cemetery.
Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in charge of the arrangements.