Donald William Benkendorfer, Jr.

A Life Well Lived

Donald William (Donny) Benkendorfer, Jr., 57, beloved husband, adoring father, proud PawPaw and devoted son passed away on December 3, 2016 peacefully, after a fierce fight against Bile Duct Cancer. Donny’s intense will to live, unwavering faith in his Savior, and the love, support and prayers of countless family and friends carried him through 2 grueling years of battling this rare form of cancer with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation. This week, Donny’s earthly battle may have ended, but his Heavenly war was won.

Donny was known for his kind, sometimes quiet, compassionate and fun-loving personality. He was a mentor to his friends and coworkers and a patient voice of reason to many. He was also the first to lend a helping hand to anyone who was in need. He spent many years loving countless kids, whether they were his children’s friends, kids from the youth groups or his many nieces and nephews. Most of all he was known for his love and devotion to his wife of 37 years, his 4 children, their spouses and his 6 grandchildren. He spent hours upon hours pouring into their lives in more ways than can be accounted for. He loved coaching their sports teams, supporting their hobbies, teaching them life skills, instilling a love for all things Texas A&M and most importantly, teaching them to love and truly live for Christ. Nothing brought more joy to his heart than to see his grandchildren and to hear them holler “PawPaw!” as they ran into his arms. He selflessly put his family and their needs and desires as priority above his own, even to the very end, protecting them as best he could. He was a phenomenal husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend and he will truly be missed by all who knew him.

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    • CCF – In Memory of Donald William Benkendorfer, Jr.
    • 5526 West 13400 South, #510
    • Herriman, Utah 84096,  USA