December 28, 1954 – July 29, 2019 – (age 64)
Mark was born December 28, 1954 in Downey, Idaho the fourth child and first son of Keith and Maxine (Brady) Bennett. He grew up on a dairy farm in Virginia, Idaho. Mark started working with his Dad at a very young age. Mark loved being with his dad and developed his love of farming during this time. He grew up riding horses, driving tractors and working with the animals.
Mark started his education at Downey Elementary and then went on to Marsh Valley High School. He graduated in 1973. While in high school, he was very involved in wrestling, taking state his senior year. He enjoyed high school and the great friends he had there.
Mark married his high school sweetheart, Penny Moser, on September 7, 1973 in the Logan Temple. Throughout their marriage, they were a team whether it was working together or playing together. Mark was rarely seen without Penny at his side. They were blessed with four children who grew up learning, working, and playing with them on their farm in Virginia, Idaho.
He enjoyed reading and studying church history and then travelling to see the sights he was learning about. His favorite activity was time spent with his grandchildren! He loved watching them participate in their activities, teaching them, and just spending time with each one of them.
Mark was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He has served in many callings, one of the first being Seminary President in high school. He was a member of the high council in the Arimo, Idaho Stake for several years. He especially enjoyed his current calling as a counselor in the Marsh Valley YSA Ward bishopric. He often commented on his love for the young adults and other leaders he was blessed to associate with in this calling.
Mark served on the Downey Grain Growers board and the Portneuf Marsh Valley Canal Board. He has developed many cherished friendships through his service in the community and church.
Mark is survived by his wife, Penny Bennett; his children, Heidi (Jeremy) Hodge, Heather (Doug) Winward, Spencer (Amber) Bennett, and Lyndsey (Sam) West; his mother, Maxine Bennett; mother-in-law, Marie Moser; and 11 grandchildren. He is also survived by 6 siblings and 5 of Penny’s siblings.
Mark was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Allie Jo West; father, Keith Bennett; father-in-law, Don Moser, and brother-in-law, Donnie Moser.
Funeral services for Mark will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, August 2, 2019 at the Arimo Stake Center, 284 Henderson Road, Arimo, Idaho, with Bishop Terry Jones conducting. A viewing will be held from 6:00 – 8:00pm on Thursday and from 9:30 – 10:30am prior to the services at the church. His interment will follow the services at the Cambridge Cemetery, between Virginia and Downey.
Memories and condolences may be shared with his family at wilksfuneralhome.com