In Memory

Benjamin Frank Owens Sr.

Yet another of our best is gone!

 Blessing to Cindy & his family.

Benjamin Franklin Owens, Sr. (Ben) passed away May 13th, 2022, in Grand Junction, CO. Ben was born July 10, 1947, in Tucson, AZ where he lived until he attended college in Thatcher, AZ at Eastern Arizona College. While he was at Eastern Arizona College, he was able to play football on a full ride scholarship. There he met the love of his life, Cindy, and they were married April 13, 1968. They had five children.He started his firefighting career in 1972 for Rural Metro Fire Department in Tucson. In 1974, he became a fire officer. His employment with Rural Metro allowed him to work across southern Arizona. He ultimately followed his dream and became a fire chief in 1977. He was with Rural Metro Fire Department until 1988 when he became fire chief of the Laveen Fire Department. In 1997, the family moved to Show Low, AZ where he became the fire chief of the Show Low Fire Department. He retired in 2012 from his career in the fire service. In 2018, he and Cindy moved to Loma, CO.  Ben was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holding various leadership positions. He enjoyed coaching youth football and high school football. He loved being outdoors doing his favorite activities which included hunting, fishing, and camping. He was a master builder and loved making projects for his family, ranging from jewelry boxes to pig barns. The thing he loved the most though was his family. He was his children’s and grandchildren’s biggest cheerleader.Ben is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cindy; his children, Amy (Jim) Tidwell, Ben (Deb) Owens, Talie Owens, Tim (Arin) Owens, Brian (Britney) Owens; 17 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his two sisters, Jackie (Bryan) Myers and Bernice (Bill) McMahon. He is preceded in death byby his father, Bill Owens; his mother and stepfather, Delores and Jack Gleason; and his two brothers, Neil Crowl and Billy Ray Owens




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05/21/22 10:03 AM #1    

Sandi Seiler (Harrington)

Such a sweet guy! Truly,"Gentle Ben".

Love to Cindy & family! R.I.P. dear friend!



05/21/22 02:21 PM #2    

Thomas Kelly

Very sad indeed.

Ben was a great friend. I didn't see him often after high school but have nothing but fond memories. We played football and wrestled in high school. Our paths went in different directions after High School but Ben was always the first one on this web site to wish Palo Verde grads Happy Birthday, Anniversary etc.

I wish that I had one more chance to speak with all my classmates who have passed but that isn't possible.

So,I think about the Great times we had at Palo Verde High School.

Ben, you will be missed.

Tom Kelly

05/22/22 06:36 AM #3    

Charles Lee (Chuck) Sprinkle

Our world is missing one great man and his joy for others. Ben was a man's man and was respected by everyone! I knew Ben from a far, but when we exchanged words you could tell he was sincere and thoughtful. He will be missed on earth now, but in heaven, he has just put smiles on everyone faces. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family 

05/22/22 08:19 PM #4    

Ladd Kleiman



Had some great times with Ben on his bright orange Harley. Remember riding together to Sunset Rollerama in our "trenchcoats". We thought we were pretty bad dudes!! What fun times and great memories. 

My thoughts and prayers go out to your very large family.
Miss you,  Ladd


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