Obituary: Bennett, Clarence Allen
3/23/1936 - 10/06/2012
Clarence Bennett was born in Benson, Minnesota on March 23, 1936. His family and friends are mourning his passing on October 6, 2012. He was a loving husband, caring father, protective brother, supportive uncle and loyal friend to many. Clarence was compassionate to all animals and spoiled his pet dogs. When Clarence was around, you felt like nothing could go wrong. He was a level headed, patient, generous man of few words. When he offered advice or guidance it was given with equal amounts of encouragement. Through actions, more often than words, he made sure you knew why he was grateful to know you. His appreciation for you was clear and it was that uplifting, joyful personality that will be missed most. Clarence was an Army veteran and retired from Triangle Truck Co. in Spokane. He was part of the Dixon Neidrigger Bennett racing team and raced across many states and Canada throughout the 1950s and 60s; he even held the national record for a short time. He was an avid racing fan and he and his wife Barbara traveled the country to see races. When not traveling to a race, they were sure to be following the sport on TV. They spent every winter in Arizona. Clarence was known as a transmission building “master” to many in Spokane and throughout the country. Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence A. Bennett Sr. and Emily A. Bennett; and his sisters, Maye Perkins and Bonnie Bennett. Clarence is survived by his wife, Barbara Bennett; children, Janelle Lee (John) and John Gunsaulis (Molly); and sister-in-law, Sally Dauenhauer. Clarence is also survived by his sisters, Lucille Davis-Spokane, WA, Mabel Jones-Tacoma, WA, Janice Johnson-Great Falls, MT, Nancy Howe-Newport, WA; and his brothers, David Bennett-Spokane, WA, Steven Bennett-Spokane, WA; and many special nieces, nephews and friends too numerous to name. A memorial reception will be held on Sunday October 14th at Center Place in the Spokane Valley from 2-4pm. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Union Gospel Mission.