Duane Benton – loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend – passed peacefully in his home in South Jordan, Utah, the evening of Wednesday, September 6, 2023. \n\nBorn to Saundra Keyes and Chester Benton in Los Angeles, CA, on February 17, 1959. Fathered by James Earl Keyes. He graduated from John Muir High School in 1977 before continuing his education and football career at Pasadena City College and Weber State University. He was the first in his family to graduate college with a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood development. \nIn the years following, Duane met the love of his life, Cindy. They were married in July of 1991 and began to raise a family. His career started as a social worker before his 30+ year tenure as a FedEx courier. \n\nHis love for sports, especially football and track, never dwindled. He was an exceptional coach, mentor, and later referee. He and his crew were able to officiate games even after his diagnosis. \n\nDuane is survived by his wife, Cindy; his children Drew, Geoff, Eric, and Bryson; his grandchildren Shawn, Jaeda, Drue, and DeMani; his brother Ernesto, and countless other loved ones. \n\nDuane’s fight with stage 4 brain cancer lasted over three years. His resilient attitude helped him live two times longer than the original diagnosis. He will always be grateful for the support from his community, and the Hunstman Cancer Institute for helping to extend his life. \n\nPlease join his family for drop-in memorials on Saturday, September 16, 2023 from 10-11:30 AM for a viewing at Jenkins-Soffe Funeral home, 1007 W South Jordan Parkway, South Jordan, Utah. A graveside service will follow at South Jordan Cemetery, 10655 South 1055 West.