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