Don Leroy Bennett, 78, passed away Monday, October 16, 2017 at his home in Talent, Oregon.

Don spent the majority of his young life in Chicago, focusing on athletics, competing in football, basketball, baseball, tennis, and boxing. He had a life-long love affair with all things Chicago including the Chicago Bears, the Chicago White Sox, and The Blues Brothers movie, which he brought with him to the West Coast when he and his wife relocated to Talent in the early 1980s. He and his wife Cynthia together made an amazing team. As mental health professionals they impacted too many lives to count, and they excelled when it came to loving people and building businesses.

Don loved being at the center of all things social including a good story, and a good party. He perfected the art storytelling, making strangers into friends, remembering birthdays, and saying the right thing to someone who was hurting. He and Cynthia split their time between Puerto Vallarta, Mexico and Talent, Ore. for decades and he will be missed by circles of friends in both.

He loved his family deeply. His wife, Cynthia; his children and their spouses, Kurt and Kathy, Kim, Karla and David, Jess and Patrick; and all his grandchildren, Kody and Sofia; Kaleb, Elizabeth, Gabe, and Charise; Kassidy and Miriam; Nate and Anastasia; and Vivienne. He once sat at a Thanksgiving Dinner where he surveyed his tribe of children, grandchildren, and-great grandchildren, and he said with pride, "I did all this."

If anything's right in this universe, we know he now has a full head of hair and his hearing is back. He fought the battle that was set before him. But now his battle is over and he has entered into peace with his Father.

If you would like to join the family in celebrating the life of Don Bennett, please join us Friday, October 27, 2017 at Paschal Winery, 1122 Suncrest Road, Talent, OR. Memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m., with a celebration of life social event from 6:30-8:30 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you make a donation in Don Bennett's name to The Champions Academy at http://pdxchampions.org/get-involved/.