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Benjamin “Ben” Joseph Day

Benjamin “Ben” Joseph Day, beloved father, grandfather, and friend departed this earth on January 10, 2020 at the age of 62, after a sudden onset illness.

Ben was born on April 22, 1957 in Bagdad, AZ, the youngest of 5, to Florence and Carl Day. Ben was raised in Chandler, Arizona where he attended Basha Elementary and Seton Catholic High. After graduation he married Diana Holderman and, together, they had 4 daughters; Mary Susan, Stephanie, Andrea and Kelly. Ben enjoyed a lifelong career as a heavy equipment operator working throughout Arizona, Alaska, California, and Nevada.

As a descendent of one of the early cattle ranching families who settled in Arizona in 1864, Ben deeply appreciated Arizona’s natural beauty, rich history and cowboy culture. He was a skilled outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, fishing, guns, and gardening. He could make a trip to the gun store last a day. He loved the Packers, Dodgers, and Diamondbacks, banana milkshakes, bacon, and biscuits and gravy. Ben was most at home on the side of a mountain crushing rock, on his side by side glassing for game, shooting the breeze with a friend, and spending time with his family.

Ben was a memorable character with quick wit and fiery charm who did and said what he pleased with no apologies or advanced warning. He lived true to his motto “I’m here for a good time not a long time!” despite the consternation it caused his daughters and doctors. Honest, genuine, loyal and fun loving, he always left you smiling with his parting words, “Glad you got to see me!”.

Ben loved his daughters dearly and was fiercely proud of his grandchildren Allie, Aidan, Diana, Alexandra and Olivia. He joins his late wife and daughter, Diana and Mary Susan, as well as his parents, Florence (Flo) and Carl Day.

He will be remembered as an outstanding father, caring grandfather, and loyal friend by all of the lives he touched with his larger than life, loving, bold, personality.

A celebration of Benjamin Joseph Day’s life will take place per the details below:

 Viewing  Thursday, January 16, 2020 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm Bueler Mortuary 14 W Hulet Dr. Chandler, AZ 85225

 Funeral Service Friday, January 17, 2020 1:00 pm St. Mary’s Catholic Church 230 W Galveston St. Chandler, AZ 85225. A catered reception to follow. Location details to be provided at the Church.

 

 

7 Comments

  • Bob Chapman Posted January 15, 2020 3:19 PM

    I would love to come and see you all. My family was close to yours for years when we were growing up. I just had a knee replacement and will not be attending the funeral.please feel free to pass my contact info to anyone who requests it. Even the law–ha.ha. let me know if there is anything I can do for the family.

  • Katie Barnes Posted January 15, 2020 6:05 PM

    I can’t make it either. Would like to say that Ben was the greatest big heart. My friend. I will miss him , my heart is broken tonight.

  • Della Scarlett Posted January 15, 2020 6:50 PM

    That is beautiful written I can’t make it but I will be there in spirit he was a great kid he was like another son
    My prayers go out to you girls and all the family Bill, Miriam,and
    Aunt ,Maggie. Love Aunt Petunia

  • Dianne Spruit Posted January 15, 2020 8:06 PM

    Our families knew each other from church and since elementary and high school .Ben was always kind and a friend … we will continue to pray for his soul… may God sped … The Spruit family

  • Joyce Corsi Hazen Posted January 16, 2020 6:19 AM

    So deeply sorry. Losing a parent is so difficult. Thoughts a s prayers are with you all❤️❤️

  • Dan and Niki Payne Posted January 16, 2020 4:09 PM

    Byrd and I were so very sad to hear about Ben’s passing. We have such wonderful memories, he was a good friend. I’ll never forget him staying at the cabin and telling me he had heartburn. Of course I didn’t have any medicine so he asked me if I had any vinegar, I gave him balsamic vinegar and he grabbed the bottle and took a couple of slugs! I laughed so hard but he was cured. He also played El Paso by Marty Robbins on the Juke Box over and over and over. You will always be in our hearts, Rest In Peace. Ben.

  • Carl Boyd Posted January 17, 2020 2:37 PM

    Knew Ben a very long time. Worked in Arizona and California with him. Very good hearted man. I remember chasing coyotes at 7 oaks in a company truck. He’s the only man who would have three cigarettes going at once. He like Applebee’s cause he could sit at bar and smoke. He also the only person who can fart at will. Yes he was a character. He also moved to cordes lakes where we live. Neighbors he will be missed.

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