Stanley Mertz Bennett



Stanley Mertz Bennett entered the glorious beauty of his heavenly home on Saturday morning, March 21, 2009, after a courageous battle with prostate cancer.

Stanley was born to George and Burdetta Bennett in Los Angeles, Calif., on Aug. 16, 1919. When he was twelve years old, he moved with his grandparents to the Jerome Prairie area near Grants Pass, Ore. He was a graduate of Southern Oregon College of Education, and of Oregon State College (now OSU), where he majored in forestry. He met his wife, Norma Jean Wertz, at Southern Oregon College (now SOU). They were married in June of 1947 at the Wertz ranch at Climax, Oregon, following his military service.

Stanley served his country in World War II; he was stationed in India and briefly in China. Stanley's career with the U.S. Forest Service spanned 32 years and included much-loved time in the lower Rogue River area, doing trail work and serving on lookouts. After completing his forestry degree, he served in general forestry, engineering and lands management in the North Central Washington and Oregon Coast areas. After his retirement in 1975, Stan and Norma returned to her family's ranch in Southern Oregon.

Stan loved hiking and maps, and was active as a Boy Scout and in Scout leadership - as a child he wore out a Scout manual before he was old enough to join! He was also active in Kiwanis while living in Corvallis, Ore. During the last years of his life he took great joy in managing the family forest and ranch lands. Stan accepted Jesus Christ as his Savior in the early years of his marriage, and his well-worn Bible is filled with underlined verses, personal notations, and poetry. He was greatly respected for his integrity and his kind and gentle spirit, as well as for his vision and creative abilities.

Stan is survived by his wife of 61 years, Norma; and their children, Steve Bennett of Dallas, Ore., and Terri Hardin of Bellingham, Wash.; sister, Opal Tice, of Grants Pass, Ore.; and brother, George Bennett, of Battleground, Wash.; seven grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Stan attended Living Waters Foursquare Church at 2218 Roberts Road in Medford, Oregon, where a memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 26, 2009, at 11:00 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Living Waters Church or to Mexico Medical Missions, 4001 Country Road 114; Glenwood Springs, CO 81601.