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“Technically, I didn't really know Roberts Bennion personally, but my sister Margaret served as the Relief Society President in the student branch...Read More »
1 of 20 | Posted by: Miriam Allred Roberts - Frannie, WY

“Dear Bennion Family,Dr. Bennion was one of my favorite professors at BYU. Honors colloquium continues to be a fond memory even after all these years...Read More »
2 of 20 | Posted by: Jennifer Schow - Garland,, UT

“Dear Franceen and Family ~ We were sorry to hear about Bob's passing. We intended to attend the memorial service, however, things didn't go as we...Read More »
3 of 20 | Posted by: Helen Pehrson - Vernon - friend

“Dear Francine, Eileen, George and families, I have so many fond memories of my interactions with Glynn and Lucile's family. The children were almost...Read More »
4 of 20 | Posted by: Howard Cannon Sharp - UT - Cousin

“I send my condolences to the entire Bennion family for the loss of your beloved husband and father. I can't say that I have any vivid or engaging...Read More »
5 of 20 | Posted by: Kip Clark - Provo, UT - friend

“Larry Dennison expresses his condolences to the Bennion familyon the death of Robert Bennion. We will miss him. We remember him as a kind & caring...Read More »
6 of 20 | Posted by: Larry Dennison - Blanding, UT

“Larry Dennison expresses his condolences to the Bennion family on the death of Robert Bennion, we will miss ”
7 of 20 | Posted by: Allyson Dennison - Salt Lake City, UT

“Bob was my favorite teacher in the 70s. I am a retired school psych. He was a subtle voice of sanity in a sometimes closed atmosphere in a department...Read More »
8 of 20 | Posted by: Jake Zollinger - Murray,, UT

“Sister Bennion, I am so glad to have known you and Bob. I'm sorry for your loss. I am encouraged by the thought that Bob now has learned the...Read More »
9 of 20 | Posted by: J. Evans - ID

“Dear Francine: My deepest sympathy to you at this time of separation. I remember with fondness the good visit we had with Bob at the Clyde...Read More »
10 of 20 | Posted by: Elaine Jack - Salt Lake City, UT

“Thanks to Bob: We have a glass greenhouse thanks to his donation of windows. We are still growing certified range grass seed. We still have horses....Read More »
11 of 20 | Posted by: Alan & Elizabeth Mitchell - UT

“The Greenjacket Ranch has lost one of its native sons. Robert Bennion (1927-2013) began his desert life further west at Indian Creek homestead began...Read More »
12 of 20 | Posted by: Alan & Elizabeth Mitchell - UT

“I send my deepest condolences to Sister Bennion and family. I was privileged to be in an Honors Colloquium with Brother and Sister Bennion at BYU in...Read More »
13 of 20 | Posted by: Vivian Harmer Ellsworth - MI

“Lynn, I was sorry to hear of your father's passing. My parents told me about it when I saw them Saturday. You have such nice parents and I am glad...Read More »
14 of 20 | Posted by: Monilee Pearson Conrad - UT

“Brother Bennion was a special person who once you met him you never forgot him. He had a infectious spirit that is special only to him. We will miss...Read More »
15 of 20 | Posted by: Tom and Dorothy Heers - Hurricane, UT

“I talked with Robert at Dorothy Bennion Potter's funeral a year or so ago, I have nice memories of knowing Robert as a child and young adult, and...Read More »
16 of 20 | Posted by: Joyce Bennion Peaden - UT

“There are few Professor's, missionaries, and teacher's that set examples of humility, intelligence and testimony. As a Native American Student at...Read More »
17 of 20 | Posted by: Frankie Davis - Provo, Utah, UT

“I am deeply saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Bennion. The course of my life was touched for the good and changed through his counseling. He...Read More »
18 of 20 | Posted by: Laureen Hall Leaver - CA - Friend

“I will miss Bob. He exemplified to me what it means to love as the Savior loved. At church meetings on Sunday, he would always approach me, clasp my...Read More »
19 of 20 | Posted by: Russell T. Osguthorpe - Provo, UT

“My heart goes out to the family at this time of loss and release. Uncle Bob was a dear soul to this family. He and George helped many of us in our...Read More »
20 of 20 | Posted by: Lucy Bennion Byrd - Stark City, MO

Robert Cannon Bennion
1927 – 2013

Robert Cannon Bennion, age 86, died from effects of myelodysplastic syndrome on April 17, 2013. Over the last few days of his life he was torn between wanting to stay with his wife and family and also beginning to welcome a release from illness, weakness, and the inability to work on such projects as his yard and his novel.

He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on January 10, 1927, to Glynn Sharp Bennion and Lucille Morris Cannon Bennion. He was the youngest of five children. He wrote, "I grew up in two worlds," and "insofar as I know, I never reconciled those two worlds. I remained deeply rooted in each." He lived in Salt Lake City until he was 11 years old. He then lived and worked on his father's homestead ranch in Utah's west desert for several years, either over the summers or year-round. He valued both worlds of his youth, and although as an adult he lived and worked in the city, he continued "to want to do something with the wilds, to the wilds, of the wilds, and in the wilds" for the rest of his life.

He attended East High School in Salt Lake City for one year, earning enough credits to graduate. He served an LDS mission to Navajo, Hopi, Tewa, Zuni, and Apache peoples from 1947-49. He was deeply interested in the stories he was told and the ceremonies he witnessed, and these experiences and relationships with Native peoples remained active in his soul throughout his lifetime. Following his missionary service he attended Brigham Young University for two years. In 1952 Bob was drafted by the U.S. Army and deployed to Japan and Korea for two years. Afterward he returned to BYU and in 1956 completed a B.A. in psychology with minors in physiology, anatomy, and Russian.

He married Francine Russell, whom he met at BYU, in 1956 in the Cardston, Alberta LDS temple. He and Francine then moved to Ohio, where they each completed graduate degrees at Ohio State University: he earned a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology. From 1961 through 1997, Bob was an award-winning professor of psychology and Honors Colloquia at BYU, and for much of that time he also maintained a psychotherapy private practice. Bob was active in the LDS Church throughout his life, and served as a BYU Branch President, then in a BYU Stake Presidency, and later in an MTC Branch Presidency, and as a temple veil worker, among other forms of Church service.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents and by two brothers, Colin and Owen, and is survived by his brother George and sister Eileen; by his wife, Francine; his daughter, Lynne; his son James Roald and wife Gay Lynn Chisholm, and their children, Ryan (Annie), Adam, Emily, and Blake; and his son Brett and wife Daniela Johnson and their children Annika, Bronté, and Tarquin. Bob also loved his nieces and nephews greatly.

Family, friends, and associates are invited to a reception with light refreshments 6:00 to 7:15 PM Thursday evening, April 25 at the Oak Hills Ninth Ward church, 2000 N. 1500 E. in Provo, Utah. A memorial service will follow in the chapel at 7:30 PM.

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