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Jan David Benjamin

June 10, 1937 ~ August 19, 2023 (age 86) 86 Years Old


Jan “David” Benjamin (86) passed away on August 19, 2023, on Hilton Head Island, SC. He was born on June 10, 1937, in Lafayette, Indiana, to Donald and Velma Benjamin. David is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carolyn Snoddy Benjamin; their son, Scott G. Benjamin, and his wife Teri; their daughters, Julie M. Benjamin and Jill C. Benjamin; two grandchildren, Jackson and Josie Mae. His brother, James E. Benjamin, and his wife Barbara also survive him.

David received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Indiana State University where he studied speech communication, radio/TV production and theater.

After graduating, he taught high school students in Evansville, Indiana, and Dolton, Illinois. He was chair of the Speech Department, taught classes, coached speech completion teams, developed a radio/TV curriculum, and directed plays and musicals, such as My Fair Lady and King and I. David and his speech students won many state and national awards.

Upon retirement, he started his own video production business, Main Event Video Productions. Filming weddings, dance recitals, ice skating shows, graduations, and even the live feed for the Chicago Jazz Festival for over 200,000 spectators in Grant Park, Chicago, Illinois, was a passion for David, while providing families a keepsake for generations.

David and Carolyn moved to Sea Pines Resort on Hilton Head, SC, in 1997, where he continued his video business in the Chicago area and in the Low Country.  He also enjoyed riding his bicycle on the beach, playing tennis, supporting Chicago sports teams, and collecting coins.

A celebration of life will be held Saturday, September 2, at 3:00 p.m. at TidePointe senior community at 301 TidePointe Way, off Point Comfort Road. 

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