Elwood was born to Richard and Pearl Benson in Parowan, Utah on Oct. 21, 1934. He had two older brothers, Keith and Clair, and a younger brother, Wayne. He graduated from Parowan High School in 1952 then served an LDS mission in the Tennessee area. After returning from his mission, he joined the US Army and served from May 1957 to April 1959 then continued in the reserves until 1963.
He attended the Branch Agricultural College in Cedar City, Utah for a short time; afterwards he went to work for Sears in California and then back to Salt Lake City. In 1965 he started his career with the US postal service in Salt Lake City, Utah and retired in 1992 and moved back to Parowan.
Elwood was very devoted and active in the LDS Church. He was very charitable and gave to many organizations throughout his life. He also had many hobbies, some of which were night sky watching, model trains, and having an avid interest in Military History, Native America history and learning about other cultures.
Elwood is survived by Keith and Barbara, Clair and Pat, Wayne and Alice, 11 nieces and nephews, and other great- and great-great-nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by both of his parents, Richard and Pearl Benson, and one sister-in-law, Marcaine.
Graveside services were March 5, 2016 at the Parowan Cemetery under the direction of Southern Utah Mortuary. A viewing was on Friday, March 4 at Southern Utah Mortuary - Parowan (15 E. 100 North, Parowan, Utah). On Saturday, March 5 a viewing was held at the mortuary (in Parowan). Condolences can be made online at www.sumortuary.com.
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