Brigham Bennett, age 38, of Philip, South Dakota, died on Thursday, October 3, 2019 at Ava's Hospice House in Sioux Falls.
Brigham Daniel Bennett, best known as “Brig” or “Briggy” to his family and friends, was born in Rapid City, South Dakota to Glen and Rosemarie (Clements) Bennett. He attended Philip Schools his entire school life.
Amidst moving around the area from time to time, some of the most noted stories that have been shared are about Brigham riding bikes, always having animals near him, and often having a gun of some sort under his arm. He has always been a man of protection to anyone who needed it, and was often known as someone to turn to, if even only for a listening ear. Throughout Brig’s school years he wrestled, played football, as well as rode saddle bronc and team roped. He graduated from Philip High School in 1999.
Brigham went on to Vo-Tech school in Mitchell to earn a degree in Building Trades. He was known as a perfectionist in more than one area of life; but carpentry was one that he didn’t do anything half way. He wouldn’t quit a project until it was exactly how he wanted it to be. Throughout his life, Brigham worked a variety of different jobs around the Philip community, some that he talked about more than others were working for Glenn David Hostutler, at Cenex for Don Haynes, for Jerry Thompson, carpentry work with various buddies, and his most favorite of all was farming and ranching with his family.
Brig loved socializing, some of the times that he reminisced most about were at the local watering holes. He loved playing the video lottery machines and was often known to have the magic hand. He could visit with anyone, and always made time for his family. Camping at the river and branding season were his favorite times of year. He was always the one in the river keeping the kids afloat, he would do anything or play any game that kids asked him to, he was “uncle Briggy” to many kids, and would step up to help or take care of any kids that needed him. He always had a way with making kids giggle. Although his brandings could have been done in an hour or two, Brig always made sure that the kids were able to participate, he didn’t care if it took all day to brand. He will always be remembered as the caring, selfless, loving, happy-go lucky man.
At the end of 2017 he met the light of his life; Tessa and was blessed to have a plus one, Danni Jo. His girls were his pride and joy. Out of all of the pleasures in life, his girls were the perfect addition to the family. Although never legally married, in their hearts they were soul mates and lived every day like they were married. In the final days of his life, all of the family and friends, called them husband and wife - as promised, he will wear his ring for eternity. Brig will be dearly missed, every day by anyone that knew him. He was a man like no other, one of a kind.
Survivors include his wife Tessa and step-daughter Danni; his parents Glen and Rose Bennett of Philip; one sister Cassie (Justin) Wendt of Belle Fourche; three nephews Radley, Trey, and Gentrey; his maternal grandmother Theresa Clements of Philip; Tessa's parents Thad and Penny Stout of Kadoka; and a host of other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his paternal grandparents Virginia and Orville Bennett and his maternal grandfather Raymond Clements.
Visitation will be held 5-7 p.m. Thursday, October 10, at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Philip, with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 p.m. Friday, October 11, at the Philip High School Fine Arts Gym.
Interment will be at the Masonic Cemetery in Philip.
In lieu of flowers a memorial has been established.
Arrangements are with Rush Funeral Home of Philip.