Darrell LeRoy Bennett

1938 ~ 2023

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Darrell Leroy Bennett returned home to the loving arms of his family, his Savior and his Heavenly Father in his home in Salt Lake City, Utah. He passed away peacefully surrounded by his children and his wife in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 16, 2023, at the age of 85.

He is survived by: his wife, Celeste (Sue) Bennett; son, John and Kelly Bennett; daughter Celest and Jay Taylor and daughter Jennifer Ogden; 16 grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He was born in Delta, Colorado, to Voyza Bell Graves and Ralph Alden Bennett on February 16, 1938.

Darrell was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and held the office of high priest. He served a two-year mission (from 1958 to 1960), mostly in Colorado, which was part of the Western States Mission. He was an active, devoted member of the Church. He was an example to all and his heart's desire was to serve the Lord at every opportunity.

Darrell did whatever work was at hand with a goal of providing loving support to his loved ones. He worked in a variety of jobs such as heavy equipment, driving big trucks, driving the fun bus to Wendover and driving school busses, building roads, pressing clothes, delivering pizza, and selling Fuller Brush. He received an accounting degree from Utah State University in 1972 and spent the rest of his career as an accountant.

Darrell’s heart belonged to his family. He found joy in serving his family in whatever they needed. His children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren are the light of his life. Wherever his grandchildren and great-grandchildren were to be found, at school, at a dance recital, in a gym, on a basketball floor, or on a golf course, that’s where he could be found. His grandchildren called him "Gramps." His great-grandchildren called him "Soda Grandpa," because he took soda and snacks to every event.

He loved playing sports and watching others play sports. He was always one of the most valuable players on any team sport that he participated in. Baseball, basketball, and golf were all fun to him. Sports served as a deeply woven thread that ran throughout the fabric of his life. Watching it on TV, participating in it or being with his grandchildren as they competed in a variety of sporting events was always satisfying to him.

All his family members and his friends will remember him as a loving, giving man. His legacy and example will live on forever!

His funeral is going to be held on September 23, 2023, 11:00 am at the East Millcreek 6th Ward (3103 East Craig Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah 94109). A viewing will be held prior from 9:00 to 10:30 am. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 pm at Springville City cemetery.


We are so sorry for the loss of Darrell. The childhood memories I have of him are that if a very patient and nice father/husband. Hugs from all of us: the Texan Gees, which include now Jenn, Kevin, Patrick & John, plus Amy, Dallin, Celeste & Oliver Clayton ♥️

- Jenn Kennedy Gee

Sadness and loss have filled our hearts. Many prayers and loving thoughts go out to Aunt Sue and all the cousins at this time. Your were such an inspiration to me and I will miss our conversations and your voice but I know you've been greeted by family members that have missed you and you are at peace. I love and miss you Uncle Darrell!!❤❤❤

- Your favorite great niece uncle

Dear Celest,

I am sorry to hear of your father's passing. I hope the wonderful memories of your dad will comfort you in these difficult days.


- Coleen Cloward


Wishing you cherished memories and the strength, hope and love of friends to help you through. We love you & are here for you! So sorry for the loss of your dad, sending love and light to you & yours.

- Eric & Chantell Grotepas

I'm a little late with this, but just saw Darrell's obituary online. Darrell was a fantastic friend who I had some experiences with during my teenage years when John and I were good friends working at the Country Club. First, I remember on Thanksgiving morning we were playing pick up basketball at the church and Darrell inadvertently broke my dad's nose. I remember him feeling so bad about it, but my dad took it in stride. The second experience was while golfing with Darrell at Fore Lakes golf course. John was busy so Darrell and I went and joined another twosome. After the first hole, I was waiting for Darrell and the other two golfers with us to hit their tee shots when I noticed a golf ball one of the lakes. Thinking I could just reach in and get it, I stepped on the clay side and slipped to the bottom of the lake, golf bag and all. I ended up playing the rest of the nine soaking wet which Darrell was quite amused by. Darrell was a good guy. I'm sorry John and family for your loss.

- Chris Hale