Donald “Don” John
Benson, a long time resident of
Auburn, left his fi nal mark on
this earth on April 27, 2020 just
3 days shy of his 76th birthday.
He was born on April 30, 1944
in Saskatoon Saskatchewan
Canada of Karl Eilertson and
Wanda Severson. Karl passed
when Don was young and
Wanda later married Rev. Hamar Benson
who was the only father Don ever knew.
Don grew up in both North Dakota
and in Port Orchard, WA graduating from
South Kitsap High School in 1962.
He served in the Army from 1966-
1968 with a tour in Korea, later serving
in the Army Reserves. He retired from
Green River Community College (GRCC)
as a nighttime custodian in 2009.
He loved family, classic cars,
motorcycles, go carts, electric trains, radio
control cars, music, sappy movies, writing
essays and spectating sports. He was a
long time season ticket holder for both
the Mariners and Seahawks. Generous
with his heart and with his time, he was
always willing to help family, friends and
strangers. Humorous until the
very end. We will all miss him
The family would like to
thank the staff at Best Health
Adult Family Home for their
care and compassion during
Don’s last several years.
Don is survived by his
loving wife of 28 years Karlene,
daughter Bonnie (Catherine), son Justin
(Donna) and grandchildren Desmond
and Davy, two step sons John and Dan
(Judi), grandchildren Dana and Shawn.
Three sisters Nancy, Karleen and Beth
(Lynn) and three brothers Doug (Karen),
David and Bjorn (Lynne) and many great
grandchildren, nieces and nephews. He
is preceded in death by his parents Karl
Eilertson, Wanda Benson and Rev. Hamar
In lieu of flowers, the family requests
that donations be made to the Alzheimers
Association in Don’s name.
Don’s ashes will be placed at Tahoma
National Cemetery as current conditions
allow. A celebration of life will be
scheduled at a later date.