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Summarized by Kent Larsen

LDS Stake President, Business Leader Dies of Sudden Heart Attack
(Winston Lowell Benson)
Salt Lake Tribune 8May00 P2

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH -- An LDS Stake President and local business leader died May 5th of a heart attack shortly following an early-morning basketball game with friends. Winston Lowell Benson Jr., was President of the Mount Olympus North Stake and a long-time executive at jeweller O.C. Tanner Co. Benson was 62.

A native of Blackfoot, Idaho, Benson actively involved in student government at BYU, where he obtained a BS in 1962 and an MBA in 1964. After working for Proctor &Gamble as a salesman for four years, Benson joined O.C. Tanner Co. in Salt Lake in 1970.Benson rose to become Sr. Vice President for financial matters and for acquisition of precious metals and diamonds. He would have completed 30 years of service on May 13th.

Benson's service to the community included serving as the Chairman of the Steering Committee for BYU's Marriott School of Management and on the school's National Advisory Council. In the LDS Church, he was a missionary to the Great Lakes Mission and served in many local callings before being called as President of the Mount Olympus North Stake, where he was serving at the time of his death.

Last year, Benson was selected by the Father's Day Council-Utah and the Juvenile Diabetes Foundation-Utah Chapter as one of four Utah Fathers of the Year. He was also a member of the Utah Opera Board and the Utah Symphony Board.

His family, including his wife and five children, all of whom survive him, has established a scholarship fund at BYU in his name, to which they have suggested that donations be made in lieu of flowers.


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