Douglas Deloy Bench, 45, of Blackfoot passed away Friday, Jan. 18, 2013 at his home after fighting a valiant and final battle with colon cancer.
He was born Nov. 18, 1967 in Idaho Falls, the first son of three children born to Francis Deloy Bench and Helen Renee Bench.
His older sister was like a twin to him and they played and were mischievous growing up. It was a daily adventure to see what three children’s inquiring minds could come up with. Doug was always looking for work and chores that needed to be done. He valued hard work and the reward that comes with it.
He graduated from Snake River High School with the title of state wrestling champion. During his wrestling career, he developed a unique move called the ankle pik.
He married Stephanie Watt on March 8, 1986. They started their family soon after high school. He began farming with the family in Pingree, where he soon learned he really enjoyed planting seeds, nurturing them and watching the crops grow. Together they raised three wonderful sons, Zachary, Kaleb and Brock. He enjoyed teaching and watching his sons grow. A highlight of his week was the Friday night Snake River football games. There were many times he would drive long hours to attend his sons' games. He was proud to say he never missed a game.
As he watched the trucks pull in and out of the farms he had a growing desire to get in one and explore the freedom of the open road. His trucking dreams took him from one end of the United States to the other. His passion for trucks grew as he began hauling loads and his dream was born to further develop the trucking industry. Doug knows many and can carry a interesting conversation with just about anyone.
He later married, Jennifer Hatfield on Nov. 21, 2009. Together they focused on building their dream of owning and operating a family trucking business, Ankle Pik, which he enjoyed with his three sons as well. Together their goals were to help the trucking industry expand by providing motivated individuals an opportunity to work and be successful. .He enjoyed dancing, gardening, 4-wheeling, and camping as often as possible. His most favorite free time was spent loving and playing with grandson, McCray.
Titles Doug held were beloved son, brother, father, husband, grandpa, friend, counselor, mentor and companion.
He is survived by his wife, Jennifer Bench of Blackfoot; sons, Zachary (Brittni) Bench and grandson, McCray, Kaleb Bench, Brock Bench and Brendon Hatfield; daughters, Faith and Hope Hatfield, all of Blackfoot; mother, Renee Bench of Blackfoot; father, Francis Deloy Bench of Brigham City, Utah; sister, Lisa (Bob) Pankau of Aberdeen; brother, David (Susan) Bench of Moreland.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2013 at the Blackfoot Stake Center, 1650 Highland Dr., Blackfoot, with Bishop Quinn Twiggs conducting.
The family will meet with friends on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at the Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, and for one hour prior to the service at the stake center on Wednesday.
Interment will be in the Moreland Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at firstname.lastname@example.org .