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Ben Stephens

July 3, 2020

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Ben Stephens, 80, of Prairie City, died at his home on Friday, July 3, 2020 with his family at his side.  A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Benjamin Williams Stephens Jr. was born March 2, 1940 to parents Benjamin and Anna Stephens in Placerville, California. He was raised and educated in San Francisco, but later settled down in Oregon.  Ben loved the outdoors, so it was a natural fit that he would begin his own logging business named “Ben Stephens Logging.

Ben enjoyed working on vehicles, mechanicing, fishing, hunting and getting wood. Ben was also lucky in love and like a line from a country western song, he had been married 10 times. Ben will be remembered for being a kind and gentle soul who would help anyone.

Ben was preceded in death by his parents and daughter Tulisa Stephens.

He is survived by his companion of 22 years Ruth McGarity of Prairie City; sons Benjamin (Laurie) Stephens III of Greenwood, CA, Joey Stephens of Washington; step-son Billy Ray McGarity; step-daughter Darlene Ferguson; brother Donnie Stephens and sister Penny Stephens; 9 grandchildren; 2 great grandchildren and faithful and loyal dog Tanner.

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