October 2, 1935 ~ June 19, 2020

Born in: Southbridge, Massachusetts
Resided in: Castle Rock, Colorado

Ben Benoit, 84, of Castle Rock, entered into eternal rest at Sky Ridge Medical Center on Friday, June 19, 2020. Cause of death was complications from a fall and subsequent surgery.

Ben was born in Southbridge, MA, on October 2, 1935. He is survived by: wife Kathy of Castle Rock; son Matthew (Micki); granddaughter Madelyn; grandson Garrett – all of Jupiter, FL. Other relatives include brothers-in-law Joe and Don Clark, four nieces, two nephews and numerous cousins. He also leaves behind his best-ever black lab Maggie. He was preceded in death by his parents,Ted and Rose (Foisy) Benoit, and brother-in-law Michael Clark.

Ben received his PhD in French Literature from the University of Kansas. He taught French for a time in Enfield, NH, then moved to Colorado when he married Kathy in 1972. He was a teacher, administrator and coach in the Littleton Public Schools for twenty years, having served on the faculty of all three high schools: Arapahoe, Heritage and Littleton.

He and Kathy traveled extensively after retirement. Ben loved doing anything outdoors, making things out of wood, watching the Broncos on tv, and writing. He was the author of four books based on his family history and Colorado’s role in the Civil War. He was known for his quick wit, his infectious smile. and his kind and compassionate spirit.

A memorial service will be held later at Pax Christi Catholic Church in Highlands Ranch. Please check back here for details in a couple of weeks.

Donations may be made to Unbound (www.unbound.org) or the charity of your choice.

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  1. I worked with Ben at Littleton High and knew him personally as loyal to his profession. He was rational and logical. I am sorry to hear of his passing. My wife and I knew him through building log houses. He built his and we built ours, and we shared many ideas and suggestions on this subject. Our condolences to his wife and family.

    Jerry and Bette Cox

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  2. I was fortunate to be among the high school students who studied French in the early days of his teaching experience at La Salette Seminary. He connected with students with his sense of humor, love for learning, and his gentle and caring manner. I’m so glad we reconnected in his later years and had the opportunity to discover how one of my favorite teachers went on to have a successful writing career.
    He had so many gifts and he appears to have made the most of them. My memories of our time together along with his books on my bookshelf will keep us connected.

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  3. Only the fondest of memories are revived when hearing Ben’s name. What an amazing educator and role model he was in our association with LHS – is spite of the little bit of fear he placed when needed. Loved his smile, humor and love of education. Our thoughts are with Matt and Kathy and we send a smiles and hug.

    All Us Timmers

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  4. Chere famille de Monsiur Benoit:

    Je suis Larry Tezak. J’etais un etudiant de Monsieur (et Madame Benoit) au lycee d’Arapahoe. J’ai obtenu mon diplome en 1977.

    Je suis desole pour votre perte de Monsieur Benoit. Il etait un excellent professeur et une personne merveilleuse.

    Je me souviendrai toujours de lui comme de mon meilleur professeur de francais (et Madame Benoit!)

    Cordialement, Larry Tezak

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  5. Derald Hoffman, I also knew Ben when he was a Vice Principal at Littleton High School and in his retirement years we also live in Castle Rock. Ben was active in some writing groups. He wrote “The Battle at the Pass” about the Confederates and an army from Denver that went down to fight them. He was a very gifted and interesting person. My condolences to Kathy, a wonderful teacher who taught at Arapahoe High School. Derald Hoffman

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  6. Ben was a great person and teacher. I knew him from my teaching days at Heritage High School, as well as Kathy. My condolences to all. May great memories sustain you during this time.

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  7. Ben was a valued teaching and administrative colleague, always generous with his time and advice. My sincerest condolences to Kathy and the family.

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  8. I would like Madame Benoit to know how much I appreciated learning French with both Monsieur et Madame Benoit. I have the clearest memories of Monsieur Benoit bringing “Le Petit Prince” alive for me. He conveyed the new concept for me of existentialism and he did it in French! How I have thought of you both while traveling in France. I never gained complete fluency but I was always comfortable speaking in France and to my French friends in New York. I am ever grateful.

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  9. Kathy and Matthew,
    I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I didn’t know Ben well, just when I would sometimes see him with you , Kathy, but always knew he was a very decent ,pleasant and special guy. You seemed to be such a good match!
    I think the last time I saw you both was at Bill Krape’s funeral a few years ago.
    I hope you will focus on the good memories to get you through the loss. There’s a saying about don’t mourn for what you lost, smile for what you had. My most sincere sympathy to you. I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.

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  10. Dear Mrs. Benoit, Matt, Micki and family, there is no good card or phrase for this. I am so sorry for your loss and your pain. Jeri

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  11. Ben was a Godsend when I was at LHS. He really helped me with great advice as an Athletic Director. He was a Gentle Giant and worked so well with everyone. His infectious smile and wit made every day a joy to work at LHS. He was an outstanding Team Player on the Administrative Team at LHS. The school was a better place because of his presence and work ethic! I will miss him beyond words! Rest In Peace Ben and my heart and prayers are with Kathy and Matt!
    All My Love and Sincere Sympathy, Sheri Rossing

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  12. Dear Kathy and Matt,

    I will fondly remember Ben for his beaming smile, and infectious sense of humor. My most vivid memory of Ben was when Dotie Guntren was showing off her and Dick’s new house to Pat Condon. Dotie had us in the master bathroom in the dark waiting for her and Pat to come in. Ben was sitting on the lid to the toilet and said, “Let us pray. . .” I laugh about that moment to this day.

    With my sincerest condolences,

    Bruce Schorr

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  13. Mrs Benoit, Matt, Micki, Garrett a d Maddy- I am so sorry for your loss but know God will have a wonderful place in heaven for your Dad.
    Love- Jen Wiler

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