Christopher Scott Bentley, Sr.

January 30, 1968 ~ January 18, 2020 (age 51)


Chris passed away unexpectedly on Saturday, January 18, 2020 at Appleton Medical Center. He was born on January 30,1968 in South Boston, Halifax County, Virginia. In his youth he was involved with many different sports and was especially remembered for his swimming. Later, at the age of 19, he served a 2-year mission in Argentina for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. Years later the impact of his service on those he met is still being seen. He obtained a B.A. in History with a Minor in Spanish from BYU-Provo, followed later by an MBA. While at college he met and fell in love with MarLeAnn. Their sweet courtship and engagement set the tone for the rest of their married lives. They were sealed in the Los Angeles Temple May 2nd, 1991, for time and all eternity. His love, devotion, and adoration for his sweetheart has placed the bar high for his childrens' hopes and ideals for marriage. His legacy, and their love story has left an enduring influence on their posterity and all those who knew him. They were blessed in life with one son and four daughters, and two out-laws with more to come.

He loved helping people and was outspoken in his knowledge of God-given rights and his love of God.  His example was a perfect embodiment of the principles of freedom that were fought for during the establishment of this country. His love and passion for patriotism and the gospel of Jesus Christ is contagious and inspiring. Chris pursued education in all aspects of life, he was known as a jack of all trades – as he continued to expand his talents and interests. He was a great advocate of literacy and an eloquent wordsmith. He is the author of three books and was working on many more. Most importantly, Chris lived his life the way the Savior wanted him to. Since returning from his mission, he continuously accepted calls in various capacities to serve within the church and has blessed many lives. Chris’ passion for genealogy and bringing families together is fueled by his own desire to connect himself to his forefathers. These efforts have not only blessed his own family, but have also brought many other families together. He obeyed the Lord with exactness and love. His love for our Lord Jesus Christ and for everyone around him is very evident through the service he gave. He was a teacher of many, a friend to all, and always went the extra mile. He is survived by his wife, MarLeAnn Fuhriman Bentley, his mother Laura Bentley, his sister Erin (Kevin) Aragon and his children (from oldest to youngest): Scott (Brianna), Jessica (Dylan) Dance, Kyla, Rebekah, and Melinda.  He is also survived by his grandchildren Emeline (6) and Emeril Dance (1). He is preceded in death by his father William Worley Bentley and grandsons William and Charlie Dance 

“And we talk of Christ, we rejoice in Christ, we preach of Christ, we prophesy of Christ, and we write according to our prophecies, that our children may know to what source they may look for a remission of their sins.” (2 Nephi 25:26) 

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