Phillip Don Benjamin, 42, passed away early Sunday morning, Nov. 3, 2019, in his Missoula apartment. Phillip was born Sept. 18, 1977, in Shelby. He grew up on the family farm south of Devon. He attended Galata Elementary School, Shelby Junior and High School, graduating in 1996.
Following graduation, Phillip lived in Shelby for a short time before moving to Great Falls. He was in several group homes there before moving to Missoula in 1998. He grew to love that city and it became his home for over 20 years. Phillip received assistance from life coaches and caregivers and also held down a part-time job that enabled him to live independently, which he was quite proud of.
Phillip was a gifted artist who enjoyed all mediums of art, but especially drawing with pen, pencil and markers. He had an acute attention to detail, which was evident in his work. He loved music of all kinds and enjoyed playing the piano and bass guitar. He also loved movies and over the years had acquired quite the enormous collection of DVD’s and CD’s.
Phillip is survived by his parents, Les and Ann, Malad City, Idaho; brothers, Matthew, Shelby (for now), Peter (Candi), LaGrande, Ore., and Bart (Samantha), S Ogden, Utah. Nieces and nephews, Austyn, Jojo, Isabella, Knightley, Araya, Landon and Bridger; aunts and uncles, Eileen Torgerson, Great Falls, Cecil (Alice) Benjamin, Shelby, Delmar (Linda) Benjamin, Devon, Sylvia (Flint) Moran, Hillsboro, Ore., Amy McCall, Myrtle Point, Ore., Rod (Dallas) Stirling, Shelby, Bobbie (Chad) Holloway, Cloverdale, Ore.; cousins, Aron, Brion, Lin, Karin, Mark, Bruce, Glen, Carol, Tami, Traci, Marek, Miriam, Jake, Cole, Cheyenne, Streeter, Cooper, Sarah and Bea.
Phillip was preceded in death by his grandparents, Norman Benjamin and Don and Loretta Stirling.
Phillip will be remembered for his gentleness, kindness and deep love for his family and friends. He was a fiercely loyal and blatantly honest person and will be remembered by many as a big teddy bear and his various “adventures.” Phillip loved his family very, very much.