In Loving Memory

Daniel A. Benton, d. December 8, 2018

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In Loving Memory

December 3, 1938 – December 8, 2018

 

 

Daniel Alexander Benton, of Fairhope, AL passed away December 8, 2018.  He was 80 years of age. Mr. Benton was preceded in death by his father Daniel Crump Benton, his mother Erstyne King Benton, and his sister, Diane Benton.  He is survived by his wife of 58 years Roberta “Bobbie” Benton, his son and daughter-in-law Dan Benton, Jr. and Elizabeth Benton, and two grandchildren, Violet and Russell.

Dan was born in Rochester, Minnesota in 1938 to parents who were members of a Chautauqua group of travelling musicians and performers.  The Bentons moved to Mobile during World War II and then to Daphne in 1946.  He graduated from Fairhope High School in 1958.  His work experience included working on farms, being a service station attendant (where they cleaned windshields, and checked oil, tires and water), working on a dredge and being a police officer in Gulf Shores.  The toil of these work experiences led him to enlist in the Navy and ultimately to decide to be a lawyer.

He married Roberta Linden of Silverhill, AL and enlisted in the Navy, where in his words he “saw the world, or enough of it to tell me I liked it.”  While in the Navy, he was stationed at Okinawa, Japan where he achieved a black belt in karate.

After active duty, he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama and was commissioned as an officer in the Naval Reserve, where he would serve as an Intelligence Officer for more than twenty years.  During the reserves, he did his active duty at locations including Rota, Spain; Bermuda; San Diego; Denver; New York and New Orleans.  He retired as a Lieutenant Commander.

In 1969, Dan earned a law degree from the University of Alabama and began practicing law in Fairhope. He became a regular morning fixture at Julwin’s coffee shop.

Some of his passions included opera, classical music, fishing in Alaska and South Louisiana, Rumpole of the Bailey (a British lawyer show), the golden age of 1950’s musicals, eating in New Orleans, the Fairhope Yacht Club, grilling fine culinary delights, interacting with people, Alabama football, precious grandchildren, and don’t forget the telling and embellishing of fascinating and humorous tales.

He will be remembered by many as a dynamic conversationalist and trustworthy friend.  Roll Tide and Rest in Peace.

Graveside services with military honors will be at 10:00 AM Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at Silverhill Cemetery, 22911 County Road 49, Silverhill, AL 36576

Memorial Services begin at 1:00 PM Wednesday at St. James Episcopal Church, 860 North Section St., Fairhope, AL 36532 with a reception immediately following in the Parish Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate donations to the Mobile Symphony Orchestra or Mobile Opera.

Expressions of condolence for the family may be made at www.hughesfh.com.  Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home, Daphne, AL

 

13 Comments

  1. Patricia Havard

    Dan will long be remembered by his large group of friends. He brought great joy and laughter to all of us. Our prayers and love go to his family. May he rest in peace.

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  2. Wallace Goodey

    While I’ve had many great conversations with Dan, my last visit was most rewarding and memorable. We met with other Old Salts for our regular, well not so regular luncheon. These were events wher old glory days became more glorious, embellished might be more accurate. Lots of laughs and commdarery. It was a good time had by all.

    At the end, I picked up Dan’s dinner and bar bill. Dan looked at me and asked if this was because he was dying. Knowing Dan, I responded, maybe then again maybe not. I explained that I’d rather have dinner and drinks with him than send flowers. Dan agreed then Said he should have had another martini. W

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  3. Lang Floyd

    Dan was a great lawyer and a great man. He loved the law, his country and most importantly life itself. We will miss his smile and laugh. Prayers to his family.

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  4. Jimbo Hamilton

    God’s speed old friend…..

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  5. kay

    God Bless…we’ll miss you at our Red Elephant Club meetings…it won’t be
    the same without you…Roll Tide dear Friend…
    Kay Rehm

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  6. Jean street

    Dan will long be remembered. He and Clifford enjoyed reminiscing. If My Heart was here, he would be there but as it is….. Roberta- I would love to sit over a cup of coffee and visit with you. When things slow down for you, please call. May God bless you at this time,
    Jean Street.

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  7. MaryAnn Ingersoll

    Dan’s office or home was one of the places I always called when looking for Charlie. We both loved honored and respected him as a lawyer and good friend. He will be greatly missed.
    Bobbie, Dan Jr and family you are all certainly in my thoughts and prayers today. God bless you all.
    MaryAnn Ingersoll

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  8. Linda Gibson

    I’m so sorry Bobbie.

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  9. Jay Beardslee

    Fair winds and following seas always, shipmate. I regret I never could make the impromptu meetings of the vets of NISRO 2182 that you all held. You will be missed and remembered by all. Say hello to Capt Hesse when you see him and tell him we’ll be along soon. RIP, old buddy.

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  10. Robert Payne

    So sorry for your family’s loss.

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  11. CAPT Tucker Coughlen

    It has been about 30 years since I last saw LCDR Dan, a fellow Naval Intelligence officer. But the memories of his laughter are fresh in my mind and bring a smile to my face. It is difficult to explain if you have never been in the Naval intelligence Reserve, but the camaraderie runs deep and lasts a lifetime. Decades can lapse, but the close friendship is immediately rekindled once you meet again. We took on the mission because of our patriotism and the love for our country. Our regret is that while in the Reserve, we were brought to a common location. Once retired, we scattered across the country and seldom were reunited.

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  12. Joy Godwin Turner

    I am so sorry for your loss, Bobbie, Dan Jr., and family. Dan was a terrific guy, and I remember him best from Old Spanish Fort Baptist Church. I know he will be missed by many.

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  13. Mike McDonald

    My deepest sympathies. I already miss that infectious smile and wit. Dan was truly a Renaissance man and there are very few. Today, common sense seems to be uncommon, but Dan was blessed with many attributes, one of which was a great amount of common sense. I have many fond memories of drilling with him in Belle Chasse.

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