This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Clifford Benson, 23 years old, born on January 18, 1986, and passed away on October 23, 2009. We will remember him forever.
Posted by Cindy Benson on January 18, 2010
Hi Clifford,
Its really hard to imagine what things will be like without you.
Just know that when I think of you I will remember all the wondweful times we shared.
Happy Birthday, Love Cindy
Posted by John Benson on January 18, 2010
Hi Cliff, Happy Birthday , I never knew I could miss someone so much. Its raining today. I am going to the Memorial Park to visit and leave you a small gift. I know you are safe now..Dad
Posted by Lisa Mercer on January 18, 2010
Happy Birthday Cliff! I am thinking of you and your dad today. I know he is missing you like crazy, especially today. I pray that God gives him comfort and peace in the assurance that you are in his loving embrace. Love, Lisa
Posted by Craig & Lorraine Jarvis on January 18, 2010
Happy Birthday Cliff, although we miss you, we know you are surrounded by peace and joy. With our love, Craig, Lorraine, Caitlin and Cassie
Posted by Ron James on January 17, 2010
Cliff, Great time playing golf with you and your were a natural.
We all miss you a lot. Happy Birthday! Ron
Posted by Susan James on January 17, 2010
Cliff, Today I would be sending you a birthday card and gift and I would always receive a thoughtful thank-you from you.  I will miss that sweet connection. Happy Birthday. We miss you.
Posted by Lisa Mercer on January 10, 2010
I know Cliff is in a much better place and some day you will be with him again in paradise. My prayers and love go out to you each and every day. May God bless you and Cindy. Love, Lisa
Posted by Linda Bisset on January 7, 2010
My heart aches for the pain you are working through. It's so hard to let go. Cliff was blessed to have you for his dad. Your faces beam in the pictures together. I hope you are gentle with yourself.
Posted by Linda Bisset on January 6, 2010
Posted by Matt Bryson on January 5, 2010
Though sadly our time together in your life here on earth was limited, the impression you have left on me as "The Big Cousin" will be in my heart forever. I am blessed to have known you!
Posted by Caitlin Jarvis on January 4, 2010
Cliff... We can only imagine how much you're missed in this new year. Hugs to you up in heaven.
Posted by barry smith on January 3, 2010
Cliff had a wonderful gift, even as a very small boy, to make people feel special. I believe that that gift will live on in those Cliff influenced.
From Peggy Craik, Barry Smith's wife
Posted by linda best on January 1, 2010
Posted by John Benson on December 31, 2009
Happy new year Cliff. Your life was cut off way too early. I will remember the good times.
Love you, Dad
Posted by Craig & Lorraine Jarvis on December 30, 2009
John & Cindy,
We will always cherish the fond memories we have of Cliff. He is missed by all who knew him but he lives in our hearts forever. Love, Cousin Craig & Lorraine
Posted by Dale Hoiem on December 30, 2009
This is a great memorial you have created & I sincerely hope it helps the healing process. I have fond memories of the few golf outings I had with you and your boy. Take Care, Dale
Posted by elaine bryson on December 26, 2009
you will always shine in my life and in the lives of your family. I am so sorry that you are not still with us, but I hope you have found peace.
Posted by luke pfaendler on December 25, 2009
John, my heart goes out to you this Holiday season. I have great memories of Cliff, I felt he always looked up to me in some way. He will be missed. Love Luke and Jane
Posted by Gilbert Chavez on December 24, 2009
Dear Cindy and John,I will always remember Cliff as the young man that could light up your heart with his smile.We are all better for having had the honor to have known Cliff. Love Gilbert & Cheryl
Posted by Toni Rissacher on December 24, 2009
Thank you for posting this lovely tribute to Cliff. Denny also sends his heartfelt condolences.
Posted by Mark McCarthy on December 23, 2009
Dearest John & Cindy, wishing you the best possible Holidays and much healing and love in 2010. We will keep you all and the memory of Clifford warm and safe in our hearts.
Posted by Steve Hagopian on December 22, 2009
John and Cindy,
 We think of you all the time and want you to know our love, thoughts and prayers are with you both. Love, Steve and Mary
Posted by Jim & Cindy Deplitch on December 21, 2009
With loving thoughts and memories of Clifford this Christmas and always.

I hope it brings comfort to remember that we are God's children and will be reunited again in Heaven.
Posted by Cindy Benson on December 21, 2009
Hi Cliff, I love you, I miss you, I feel Jesus has his arms around you, you are an angel now.
You will always e close to my heart. Love Your step Mom Cindy
Posted by Karen McElhenny on December 21, 2009
I know cliff was the light of your life, John. I hope you will find peace and joy in the cherished memories of your precious son. Love, Karen
Posted by barry smith on December 21, 2009
Barry Smith
lit a candle on 12/21/2009

John, I will always have fond memories of Cliff, especially those memories of playing golf and basketball with him. I will miss him.
Posted by cheryl stockhaus on December 21, 2009
I didn't know Cliff but if he was anything like his Dad then I know he was a great guy. I know you and Cindy miss him tremendously. May you continue to find God's love and peace. Love, Cheryl and Jim
Posted by John Benson on December 20, 2009
Hey Cliff, I miss you so much. I think of you everyday. I will never forget you. Love, Dad
Posted by Mel Bryson Jr. on December 20, 2009
Fond memories of Clifford throughout his life will stay with me forever. He was a joy to be with. He will indeed be missed by "Uncle Mel" and family.
Posted by Susan James on December 20, 2009
Cliff, Your good heart lives on in your dad. We will never forget you.
Love, Cousin Susan & Ron
Posted by Bonnie Krewson on December 20, 2009
Hey John,
So glad to hear from you again! I hope this site will try to help you heal and maybe someday understand. I don't know if that's possbile,but keep trying to listen to God. Love, Bonnie
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Posted by Jim & Cindy Deplitch on October 29, 2014
Someday, Heavenly Father, may Cliff and the Benson family be united together in your Kingdom for eternity.

All our love,
Cindy, Jim and Jimmy
Posted by Susan James on October 23, 2013
I just spent 3 days in Santa Cruz and it brings back so many memories
of you, your grandpa and family. I remember the first time I saw you was at the ranch and you had all that curly cute. Thinking of
you and the light you brought to this world. Miss you Cliff.....
Posted by Cassie Jarvis on October 23, 2013
Hey buddy,

Thinking of you today. I recently went through all our family photos, and dug up some more of you. I'll try to get them uploaded tonight. Say hi to my Dad for me! Thank you for welcoming him.
Love you and miss you.
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Shared by Cassie Jarvis on January 4, 2010

I was about 13 and Cliff was 11. My family and I were planning a trip down to California to visit John, Cindy and Cliff. A few weeks before we arrived, Cliff wrote me the sweetest letter. He said he was looking forward to us coming and couldn't wait for us to get there. I always remembered that! 11 years old and already beaming with love and kindness. Thanks for the letter, Cliff. XO


Shared by John Benson on December 31, 2009

Hey Cliff, Happy New Year son, I remember when your Mom was pregnant I was thinking maybe you might be born on my birthday January 20th, we were close you were born on the 18th. What a great day and the 49ers won the superbowl that year, we watched the game together, you had your little 49er shirt on and I had to prop you up on the couch because you kept falling over. You were my little 49er buddy .  you were all I ever needed. Life seemed so simple that day.I will think of you with fondness and love all the days of my life...Dad



Shared by Cheryl Neumann on December 21, 2009


This is nice that you created this site for Cliff and those who loved him and still love you.  I know your heart aches and the unanswered questions just make it that much more painful.  Just remember that what we see, understand and feel is temporary, the unseen is eternal.  That means that you and I respond to what we can get our minds around, but the unseen is really the relaity.  God is love and full of mercy and in time, the right time, He will let you in on his eternal plan and purpose for all the sorrow and longing you have encountered.

In the meantime, enjoy His love.  Walk with Him and follow Him.  He knows where the road bends and turns.  Remember, he'll never leave you, he'll always guide, guard and protect you and lead you to that peace that passes all understanding.  Keep and your eyes on Jesus, He has his eye on you.  It won't be too long....and you suddenly understand.

Always, Cheryl