Benning Jenness

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Benning F. Jenness, of Moscow, Idaho died Monday June 1, 2015 at his Moscow home. He was born to George Benning Jr. and Erna Franke Jenness in Woodland, California on July 31, 1935. Schooling began in the one room Clover School near Madison, California, continued at Esparato High School, University of California at Davis and he graduated from the University of Idaho in 1958 with a degree in Forestry. Patricia L. Brownell and Ben were married in Moscow, Idaho on August 10, 1956.

He worked for Boise Cascade Corp. in Emmett, Idaho, the University of Washington in Seattle and retired in 1998 from Washington State University after 25 years. During the work years, Ben was in the Idaho Army National Guard and served on school and hospital boards. He was president of the University Risk and Insurance Management Association in 1991 and was selected as Risk Manager of the year in 1994.

In retirement, Ben was active in The Episcopal Church, community bands, model railroading and he farmed trees for resources.

Ben is survived by Pat, his wife, daughters Katharine Jacobson (Sam), Deanna Jenness (Lesa Homer) and son David Jenness (Janet), five grandchildren, one great-grandson; two brothers; Richard and Thomas and a sister, Nancy Patton. His parents and a son Phillip died earlier.

A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday June 6, 2015 at St. James Episcopal Church in Pullman, with The Rev. Robin Biffle, Rector of St. Mark’s Episcopal Church presiding. Ben requests that no flowers be sent and no one wear black but ALL wear bright colors.  Memorials can be made to St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 111 S. Jefferson St., Moscow, ID 83843.

3 Responses to Benning Jenness

  1. Karl Boehmke says:

    I was saddened to learn of Ben’s passing. I, like many others, will miss his friendly and cheerful manner.
    It was my great fortune to have known and interacted with Ben in many different roles. Ben gave me helpful and sound advice on setting up my benefit plan when I was new to WSU in 1975. A few years later Ben skillfully and patiently steered the Retirement and Insurance Committee on which I served through decision making that would improve benefits for all employees. In the 1980s and ‘90s when Ben and I were both central administrators, Ben had a well-deserved reputation for his knowledge, judgment and integrity.
    On occasion when we were both still working Ben and I would ride our bikes together at the noon hour. Soon after Ben retired from WSU the Palouse Trails Committee made use of Ben’s enthusiasm and organizational skills when he agreed to coordinate volunteer efforts on fence removal and tree planting along the Bill Chipman Trail. In recent years I would see Ben each fall when we would both volunteer at the Latah County Fair. He would tell me about his trees and show me the latest train layout.
    Over four decades I enjoyed Ben’s friendship. Regardless of what hats we were wearing I always looked forward to interactions with Ben. I will miss him.

  2. Gary and Sharon Zentzis says:

    Our sincere condolences to the entire family. We appreciate Ben for all of his years of kind and friendly service during his
    working years at WSU. I, Sharon, worked closely with Ben since I worked for WSU Human Resource Services. Ben was always kind and explained the ins and outs of the retirement system so very well, and he was just a very kind person to all those coming in contact with him. We also enjoyed him when we attended the retirees functions. You will be missed, Ben!
    May you rest in peace!!

  3. Nance Ceccarelli and Paul McCawley says:

    It is with great sadness that Paul and I learned from a neighbor yesterday of Ben’s death. He was a wonderful neighbor and such a creative soul! Sincere sympathies and condolences to the entire family.

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