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Rick Bennetts

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Rick Bennetts passed away on October 28, 2021, in Redding, California after a 6 year battle with mantle cell lymphoma. He was at home surrounded by his family.

Rick was born November 9 1942 in Modesto, California to Frederick Kinsman Bennetts and Helen Georgina Wallis. He attended Modesto public schools, Modesto Jr. College, and received his degree in Landscape Architecture from Cal Poly Pomona.

His first job after college was for a planning firm in Denver. During his time in Denver, he met his future wife Cynthia Martinez. He embarked on a 9-month backpacking journey around the world and when he returned he found a job in San Francisco with the well-known landscape architect Thomas Church. He then worked for the U.S. Forest Service on the Shasta-Trinity National Forest for many years.

He and Cynthia (Cindy as he always called her) were married in the Yosemite Chapel in 1972. Son Daniel was born in 1975 and daughter Rachel followed in 1978.

Rick decided he wanted to work for himself and obtained his General Contractor's license. This began his lifelong career of building and renovating houses in Shasta and Siskiyou Counties. He did several renovations over the years on his family homes. This included a historic 1890's home in Old Shasta, a gabled 1940's cottage in Mt. Shasta, and a new build on Cow Creek in Millville. His final project was restoring a 1950's home on the Sacramento River which he enjoyed in his final years.

The family moved to Mt. Shasta in 1981, where Rick could indulge his passion for skiing. He was active in his children's activities and community service during those years. He served on the Mt. Shasta Beautification Committee, the Planning Commission, the City Council for 4 years, and as Mayor in the late 90's. He was instrumental in designing and building the Weed Arch and also the Mt. Shasta City Plaza including the Public Restrooms.

He and Cindy returned to the Redding area in 2002 and Rick volunteered for the Millville Historical Society and The Turtle Bay Arboretum. He took many backpacking trips with a group of friends that called themselves the “Sierra Geezers”. He and Cindy enjoyed trips with their children and grandchildren in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. He rode his mountain bike on the trails around Redding and hiked with his dog Juno.

He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister Joan Rasmussen and her husband Wayne, sister Donna Thomas, brother-in-law Darrell, and niece Judy Thomas. He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Cindy, son Daniel of Boise, Idaho, daughter Rachel Bennetts Wu (Kevin) of San Diego, granddaughters Brynlee and Keira Wu,mother-in Law, Stella Garza of Carrollton, Texas, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ed Martinez and Georgia Triplett, of Edmonds, Wa., sister-in-law, Claudia Martinez of Dallas, Texas and many nieces and nephews.

He was generous with his time and talents and was always available to answer questions or lend a hand. He will be greatly missed, but always in our hearts.

A small service for the close family was conducted and there will be a Celebration of Life in the Spring of 2022.

Donations in remembrance of Rick may be made to Siskiyou Land Trust.org., Shasta Land Trust.org., or Turtlebay.org.

Posted online on January 22, 2022

Published in Mount Shasta Herald