Jack Clifford Bennett


Jack Clifford Bennett


Jack Bennett
Jack Bennett

Jack Clifford Bennett, died Sunday, doing what he loved best. While outdoors in Montana, rafting down the Stillwater River, he drowned while trying to help others stranded in another boating accident. His selfless giving, even at risk to himself, reflected his pure thoughts, goals and soul.

He had worked for years as a wildland firefighter, and was starting his training as an EMT. He had worked for years with his dad in forensic medicine. Jack came back to Montana to pursue his career goals of continuing into medicine.

Following his heart, he married his college sweetheart, Aya Kadono, less than a month prior to his death. He is survived by Aya, his brothers Mark, Scott and Nick Bennett, and their wives, Trish, Alicia and Johanne, plus his niece, Piper, and his parents, Terri and Mike Ferrell, Tom Bennett and Jill Sebring, and his grandmother, Barbara Foster Miller. Jack’s life was devoted to making others’ lives better and happy.

Following his lifelong pursuit of higher education, his family is asking that any gifts be given in his name to the Montana Coroner’s Association, to a scholarship fund dedicated to medical education. Please contact Terry Bullis, Executive Secretary of the Montana Coroner’s Association, PO Box 318, Hardin, MT 59034, if you would like to add to this ongoing gift. And, if you are ever in a National Park, think of Jack, and make a donation to maintain the beautiful world he loved.

Visitation will be at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, 1001 Alderson Avenue, Billings on Thursday evening, 6-28-12, from 5 to 9 pm. Our memorial service for Jack will be at his home in Billings, 4549 Palisades Park Drive, starting at 10 am on Friday.

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  1. Martha and Sid

    Our thoughts are with you. Jack’s death is impossible to contemplate, and we only hope that your family feels the warmth and support of this community as you walk this difficult and harrowing path.


    Martha and Sid

  2. on the loss of our dear friend, Jack.

    As I reflect on this sad news, I’m reminded of the final stanza of a poem by ee cummings titled: “if freedom were a breakfast food”.

    It is as follows:

    Worms are the words,
    But joy is the voice.
    Down will go which
    And up come who.
    Breasts will be breasts,
    And thighs will be thighs;
    Deeds cannot dream
    What dreams can do!
    Time is a tree; this life one leaf.
    But, love is the sky and I am for you
    Just so long . . . and long enough.

    With deepest sympathies,
    Jason/Heidi/Sebastian and Reese

  3. Terri and Mike,

    My condolences to you on the sudden lost of a loved one. My thoughts and prayers are with you as your grieve and feel extreme sorrow for the loss of Jack.

    I have known the feeling of loss of loved ones in the past. It seems acceptable to loose a parent who has lived a a full and active life. It is a greater loss to loose a spouse who had the well to live and desperately experience so many things in the future.

    I can’t even imagine the hurt and anger over loosing a child who I didn’t even know but sounded like one who lived life to the fullest doing what he loved most, helping others and living in and enjoying the out of doors. As we all know time will allow healing but there is no need to ever forget the short life that Jack lived.

    Larry and Sherry have done an excellent job of keeping Timberlane Residents informed. Please know that as you prepare for and attend memorial services for Jack in the next few days I and all of Timberlane will keep our thoughts and prayers with and for you.

    Ken Schatz

  4. George and Vickie Tsiobanos

    Our condolences go out to Jack’s family in this time of loss. You are in our prayers. May his memory be eternal.

    George and Vickie Tsiobanos

  5. Leslie and I were shocked and deeply saddened to hear of Jack’s passing. It is truly tragic to lose such a wonderful man, especially while coming to the aid of others.

    We will always remember him as we last saw him, the selfless guy who gave his time and energy to help us pound stakes to put up the tent for our wedding.

    Words can do little to ease the pain but please know that our hearts go out to you in your time of suffering.

    Although it’s difficult today to see beyond the sorrow, may looking back in memory help comfort you tomorrow.

    Love always,
    Kelsey and Leslie

  6. Dear Mark,
    I only met Jack that one time, at your wedding, but I could tell that you and all your brothers were a special group of guys. I think that in families that are all boys like yours, or all girls like mine, there is often a special group bond that comes with that. I have been thinking of you and praying for you all week from the time Peg called and told me until now, when I imagine that all of you are at the memorial service. It’s an unthinkable loss, and I hope you are able to find some comfort with your brothers and other family members, and of course, Trish and precious little Piper. Rest assured that all the Knowling sisters are thinking of the Bennett brothers today, and our heart goes out to you. Please give my regards to your family.
    Piper’s Aunt Lori

  7. Mark, Trish, Piper and the Bennett Family-

    You have all been in our thoughts and prayers this week and especially today as you celebrate Jack’s life. May you find strength in each other and comfort in your memories of Jack. His spirit will live on through each of you!
    Roger, Brenda, Amanda & Aly

  8. Tom and Cassandra Miller

    We remember Jack as a boy in Des Moines. Our deepest sympathies to his dad, Tom, and to his brothers. God bless you.

  9. Dr. David Robison

    So sorry to here of your loss, will keep you and your family in my prayers.
    Dr. David Robison Clay Co. Iowa Medical Examiner

  10. Tom,

    I was sorry to hear of your loss. Having lost my mother, I understand the grief you are, and will be, going through. My thoughts and prayers go to you and your family during this time and for days of peace and healing ahead.


  11. Mike & Dorothy Mortimore

    Tom & Jill,
    Our hearts are saddened by your loss. Again, anything we can do for you, we’re there.

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