June 18, 1984 – March 28, 2019
On Thursday, March 28th, Benjamin David Holdaway passed away. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He had a personality that was larger than life and he brought humor and enthusiasm to every gathering. Ben was born in Logan on June 18th, 1984.
Ben graduated from Logan High where he enjoyed participating in sports, debate, drama, musicals, and student government. He was selected as a Sterling Scholar in Speech and Drama and enjoyed his years as a Student Body Officer and Senior Class President.
Following graduation, Ben enjoyed working at a Boy Scout Camp on Catalina Island, before starting school at the University of Utah. During college, Ben was active in Student Government over Event Planning. This was a great fit for Ben because he loved parties and could make even a casual gathering turn in to a memorable event. Ben graduated with degrees in Biology and Spanish.
During school and after his graduation, Ben had the opportunity to work in a variety of areas. He enjoyed spending a year teaching English in Spain. He also worked as a phlebotomist, researcher, newspaper editor, Hotel receptionist/event planner, waiter, and as a Prevention Coordinator for the AIDS foundation. Most recently, Ben was attending the U of U Nursing Program. This opportunity was a pathway to many goals he had wanted to achieve for much of his life. In these varied positions, one thing was the same. Ben connected with people and brought his enthusiasm and passion for doing things to the best of his ability.
Ben was born with endearing dimples. He used them to spread happiness. He enjoyed talking, laughing, biking, dancing, traveling, building furniture, art projects, making videos, event planning, educating, fundraising, and using his creativity to make things great. He loved to play all types of games and was an avid reader. Ben was not afraid to try new things and was often picking up new hobbies and developing new talents.
While working with the AIDS foundation, Ben helped many indigent and homeless people find medical care. He was instrumental, in working with U of U Hospital and Physicians to create and sponsor a free clinic, available for the prevention and treatment for HIV. Ben’s kind nature and acceptance of all, allowed him to be of service to many in need. His fundraising efforts provided health care, emotional support, food, and other essentials to those in need.
As part of a fundraising event for the AIDS/Lifecycle, Ben participated in a 545 mile bike ride from San Francisco to LA, where he met many wonderful people with diverse backgrounds and generous spirits.
Ben brought energy and passion everywhere he went. His presence at family gatherings made everything so much fun. He was a natural leader and entertainer with a contagious laugh and smile. Our family Lake Powell trips with Ben have been filled with special memories. In our family when it comes to making family music videos, being an MC for one of our activities, performing for extemporaneous talent shows, or for organizing all things fun, Ben was it. We love him and will miss him more than words can say.
Ben is survived by his parents, Don and Barbara Holdaway of Logan, siblings, Heather (Michael) Thatcher, Todd Holdaway, Junior (Arlene) Pinto, Heidi (Jason) Parker, Kim (Cameron) Christensen, Mindy (Mark) Nordstrom, and 16 nieces and nephews who adore him. Ben was preceded in death by his sister, Kristin.
We offer our sincere gratitude for all who have shown love and kindness to Ben throughout his life.
Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Sunday evening, April 7th from 6-8 at Allen Hall Mortuary, 34 East Center St. in Logan. Ben’s life will be celebrated on Monday, April 8th at 11 am at Lundstrom Park 3rd Ward building on 1260 N. 1600 E. in Logan. A viewing will be held prior to the funeral, from 9-10:30. Interment will be in the Logan Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made in Ben’s name to the University of Utah PrEP Clinic on line at https://bit.ly/2Ue9hJN or to Brian Davis at 30 N, 1900 E. Room 4C104 SLC, UT 84132 or to another charity of your choice.