Our kind and caring father, Bentley William Vincent (Ben), age 92 passed away peacefully on the morning of Jan. 23, 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
He was born in Salt Lake City, Utah Feb. 15, 1909, to Alma Lorenzo and Mary Lenore Cotterell Vincent.
He married Winifred Free in the Salt Lake Temple Sept. 2, 1939. She passed away in 1970. Married Ruth Howells in 1971, later divorced.
Survived by children, Lynne Rasmussen, Mary June Woods (Paul), and Robert B. Vincent (Kathy); 15 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren. Preceded in death by a sister, Marianne McMurdie; a brother Delmar; and a son-in-law Roy Rasmussen.
Ben attended Salt Lake City public schools, graduated from L.D.S. Business College, and from the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington.
His career in banking started in 1929 as a messenger at the National Copper Bank, which later became First Security Bank of Utah. He was Vice President and Manager of the Sugar House Branch of First Security for many years. He then returned to the Main at First South Branch and later became Branch Manager and Sr. Vice President retiring in 1974, after working 45 years for First Security Bank. He was highly respected in the banking community for his ethics, integrity, and his knowledge of banking.
Ben was a member of the Ambassador Club, a charter member of the Sugar House Kiwanis Club, the Sugar House Chamber of Commerce, and a member of the Sugar House Rotary Club.
He had a great love for music, playing the trumpet in the East High School band and orchestra. In his early years he was a member of the Musician's Union and played in dance bands in Utah and Sacramento, CA. He sang with the Jay Welch Chorale and the Oratorio Society of Utah from 1983 1992.
Ben was a High Priest of the Holladay 4th Ward, LDS Church where he served as Executive Secretary to the High Priest's Group for three years. He also enjoyed serving in the Salt Lake Temple.
Ben was always a gentleman and concerned for the comfort of others. He loved people, and in return, was loved by his family, co-workers, customers and many friends. His sense of humor and dry wit will be missed.
Services will be held Monday, January 28, 2002 at 11 a.m. at the Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 S. Highland Dr., Salt Lake City, where friends may call Sunday evening from 5-7 p.m. and on Monday, from 9:45-10:45 prior to services. Interment, Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park.
The family expresses thanks to the staff at Highland Care Center for their loving and dedicated care.