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Scott J Bennett

June 13, 1951 - May 9, 2019

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Scott Joseph Bennett was born on June 13, 1951 in the tiny city of San Jose, CA to Gil and Helen Bennett. His sister Carol, and brother Gil were ready to greet the little tike with open arms. (At least that’s what he said.) Scott graduated from Pioneer High School, San Jose in 1969. His first marriage to Linda (deceased) gave them a beautiful son, Matthew Bennett.

On 11/13/1978, Scott started working at the Post Office in Saratoga. In 1989 after his divorce, Scott moved to Santa Rosa where he worked at the Santa Rosa Post Office. He loved being a letter carrier even though it was a tiring job when the weather was too hot or too cold.

On 7/3/1990, Scott was set up on a blind date that turned into a beautiful 27-year marriage to Julie along with her son, Jonathan. Together they raised both sons, Jonathan and Matthew. Scott was a quiet man. It wasn’t always easy coming home to a wife and two boys who loved to talk non-stop. Most of the time would find Scott watching his favorite sports teams on TV: the Giants and Forty-Niners. The family of four spent many a time at the movies enjoying the latest thrillers and going out to lunch and dinner. Scott also loved playing golf at Bennett Valley Golf Course or anywhere his brother or friends wanted to go.

Scott retired in 2007 while waiting for a donor heart at UCSF. On 9/3/2007, Scott received a heart transplant and we were so grateful. Unfortunately, two months later he contracted Aspergillus Pneumonia and we almost lost him again. But he survived and was as healthy as he could be continuing to play golf whenever he could. Around 2013, Scott and Julie realized something else was wrong when he would start to forget where he left his keys or wallet finding them later on the top of his car or work bench. After seeing the movie, I’m Still Alice, Scott and Julie realized that he must have some form of dementia and he was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in July 2015. Scott continued to play golf on a league at the Bennett Valley Golf Course until a few years ago. When he could no longer drive, his brother, Gil, and good friend, Bob Evans, would take him out to play golf and to lunch. Those were very special times for Scott.

Scott’s hobbies were golf on a sunny day, fantasy baseball, checking out sports on the Internet, watching sports on TV, hiking at the ocean and Spring Lake, pretending to listen to his wife talk about life, eating chocolate covered raisins, and drinking a Chocolate Banana Smoothie at Surf City in the Santa Rosa Plaza.

Scott lived with Julie until a bad fall on 2/24/18. He entered Summerfield Healthcare Center on 3/3/18 where he received the most wonderful care by staff. Scott had a great sense of humor and even with Alzheimer’s it came out in the most unusual ways that would have family, staff, and residents laughing. The day before Scott passed, family and friends sat around his bed telling stories of his life while watching all the loving staff and residents at Summerfield give their final goodbyes. If you could have seen all these awesome people walk up to Scott in his bed and tell him how much he meant to them and that he was loved so very much. It was a special day for all.

Scott passed away on Thursday, May 9, 2019 (age 67) with Julie by his side and she is happy that Scott is now out of his tired body and at home with those who passed before. He will be missed by Julie (spouse), Matthew Bennett (son), Jonathan, Charlisse, Killian & Tatum Weintraub (step-son, daughter-in-law, and grandchildren), Gil and Cynthia Bennett (brother and sister-in-law), Carol Bennett (sister), and special friends, Bill & Marilyn Nasi, Janice, Lee, & Karen Mayberry, Richard Parry-Jones, Bob Evans, and Gloria & Geoffrey Brecher. In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to the Alzheimer’s Association to help find a cure for this disease or your favorite charity.