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Donald Steven Benson

Donald Steven Benson passed away May 3rd, 2022, in Pocatello, Idaho after a courageous battle with cancer.  Steve was born to Donald Samuel Benson and Alene Afton Heaton on December 11, 1946, in Pocatello, Idaho. He attended schools in Rockland and American Falls, Idaho while growing up and later Casper College, Wyoming, and ISU.

Steve married Karen Eames Tyler in 1972 and later divorced.   On his birthday in 1978, he married Terri Shumaker, with whom he had sons Brian and Bradley.

Steve spent his life farming and ranching in the Rockland Valley and Coldwater areas.  His true passions were his land and livestock.  A good day for him was waking up at 4:30 AM and working at Fall Creek where he called home, or on the Roy dry farm.  He was always willing to help a friend in need and loyal to those he considered friends.  He was a strong man, both mentally and physically, and extremely athletic in his younger years.  Some knew him as "The Duke".  He provided sound advice to those who asked and taught his sons the value of hard work.  Steve was proud of his family and had a tender heart for his grandchildren.

Steve is survived by his wife, Terri of American Falls, Idaho; his sons, Chris (Keri) Benson of Centerville, Utah; Brian “Bigz” (Heather) Benson, of Nampa, Idaho; Bradley (Brittani) Benson, of Rigby, Idaho; brother, Stanley (Pam) Benson, Las Vegas, Nevada; grandchildren, Gaige, Brooks, and Sawyer.  Steve considered Abe (Lindsay) Mingo, Twin Falls, Idaho, a member of the Benson Family.  He is proceeded in death by his parents, Don and Alene Benson and sisters Diane Funk and Donna Schoffield. 

Steve requested no funeral services but desires his friends to gather for a Celebration of Life to be planned in the near future.  The family would like to thank the Hope Lodge, Huntsman Cancer Institute and the staff at Portneuf Medical Center, especially Eric Whiteside, for their compassion and care. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Hope Lodge or Huntsman Cancer Institute in Salt Lake City. Condolences and memories may be shared at www.davisrosemortuary.com.

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Surely going to miss the Last "Great American Cowboy". He was a man's man in a world of sissy's. RIP All Around Cowboy of the century! Respect

R Dean Benson May 18 2022 3:45 PM

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Charla Havlicak May 16 2022 11:05 AM

So sorry for your loss.. prayers for your family at this time...

Shawn Myers May 12 2022 1:49 PM

My prayers and thoughts go out to Terri and the boys.

Jean and Dale Slade May 12 2022 12:14 PM

So sorry for your family's loss of Steve. Thinking of you.

Jay and Mary Leyshon May 12 2022 10:53 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Benson

Ron and Pat Wasia May 12 2022 1:15 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Benson

The NETHERY family May 11 2022 10:57 AM

Steve Benson....what a great cousin. He was one of 4 first cousins born in 1946.......I told him we two were the last of the 4 so he had to tough'n up....He did and has always been tough ......the Lord needed him upstairs so away he went. We never got to buy the special "bug" killer chicken to eat the grasshoppers that would eat his pasture every year causing him to buy hay for his cattle to feed them for the winter. I had told Steve,"we need to get some barn cats to hurd the chickens". He chuckled at his goofy cousin. LOVE LOVE LOVE YOU CUZ AND WILL MISS YOUR SENCE OF HUMOR.

BJoAnne (JOSIE) Hultz May 10 2022 7:39 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Benson

BJoAnn (Josie) Hultz May 10 2022 7:23 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Donald Benson

Freddie and Marcia Roads May 10 2022 4:43 PM

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