Harry Benoit, Jr.

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Harry was born on Novem­ber 1, 1922 in Twin Falls, ID to Harry Sr. and Les­ley Wil­liams Benoit. He grad­u­ated from Twin Falls High School in 1940 and en­tered the U.S. Naval Academy that sum­mer. He grad­u­ated in 1943 un­der the wartime ac­cel­er­a­tion pro­gram.

He de­parted San Diego in Septem­ber 1943 with the de­stroyer U.S.S. Ab­bot (DD-629) and re­turned in Septem­ber 1945 to Seat­tle with eight Pa­cific Theater Bat­tle Stars and the Philip­pine Pres­i­den­tial Unit Ci­ta­tion. That same month, he mar­ried his high school sweet­heart, Ar­lene Smith.

In March 1946, he put the U.S.S. Fechteler (DD-870) into com­mis­sion and ad­vanced to Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer that Au­gust, be­com­ing a 23-year-old First Lieu­tenant. In 1948, he was ac­cepted for lighter-than-air flight train­ing, re­ceiv­ing his wings in 1949. Af­ter two years of op­er­a­tion with air­ship squadrons ZP-2 and ZP-3, Harry was or­dered to the Navy Bu­reau of Aero­nau­tics in Wash­ing­ton, DC. Upon the end of his tour, he re­signed his com­mis­sion as a Lieu­tenant Com­man­der and be­gan a new ca­reer in the de­fense and space in­dus­try.

Af­ter four years with the Bendix Cor­po­ra­tion mis­sile divi­sion in Mishawaka, IN, he joined Barnes En­gi­neer­ing Com­pany in Stam­ford, CT. He worked there for twenty-one years, af­ter which he spent ten years with Au­to­mated Sciences Group in Sil­ver Spring, MD. He re­tired as a se­nior vice pres­i­dent in 1989 to en­joy his fam­ily and friends, play some golf, con­sult oc­ca­sion­ally, and travel ex­ten­sively. Harry was an hon­orary life­time mem­ber of the Na­tional De­fense In­dus­trial As­so­ci­a­tion, a fel­low of the Na­tional Con­tract Man­age­ment As­so­ci­a­tion, a life­time mem­ber of the Naval Academy Alumni As­so­ci­a­tion and Tin Can Sailors, and a mem­ber of the Naval Air­ship As­so­ci­a­tion.

Harry never missed an op­por­tu­nity to in­vest in the lives of his grand­sons. For over thirty years, he made up bed­time sto­ries with spe­cially re­quested charac- ters, hosted one-on-one vis­its, whipped up elab­o­rate meals at the hol­i­days, and never missed a birth­day, grad­u­a­tion, en­gage­ment, or wed­ding. It is hard to put into words how ded­i­cated and sup­port­ive he was as a hus­band, fa­ther, and Pop Pop. He was truly the pa­tri­arch of his fam­ily, and the loss of him is im­mea­sur­able to them. Harry was sharp, witty, and en­joyed great con­ver­sa­tion. He read the pa­per daily and en­joyed fol­low­ing col­lege and pro­fes­sional sports. He es­poused the ben­e­fits of a daily mar­tini. Peo­ple com­mented that Harry was ahead of his time, al­ways will­ing to learn some­thing new. He was the em­bod­i­ment of the great­est gen­er­a­tion.

Harry died peace­fully on Septem­ber 4, 2018 af­ter a brief ill­ness, sur­rounded by his fam­ily and lis­ten­ing to his fa­vorite mu­sic. He was pre­de­ceased by his wife, Ar­lene, of sixty-two years, daugh­ter Nancy L. Benoit, broth­ers Ed and Jack Benoit (USNA ‘49), sis­ter Joan Allen, and nephew John Benoit. He is sur­vived by daugh­ters Su­san Benoit and Kath­leen Lit­tle, grand­sons Har­ri­son (Sarah), Ryan (Kasey), Tucker, and Wi­ley Lit­tle, and many nieces and neph­ews and their fam­i­lies. A Me­mo­rial Ser­vice will be held at the Naval Academy Chapel in An­napo­lis, MD on Novem­ber 30th and will be fol­lowed by a Cel­e­bra­tion of Harry’s life. Inurn­ment will be in Twin Falls, ID at a later date.

To view an on­line me­mo­rial and or leave a mes­sage of con­do­lence for the fam­ily, please visit, www.rand-wil­son.com.

Ar­range­ments were un­der the di­rec­tion of the Rand-Wil­son Fu­neral Home of Hanover, NH.

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