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Ben died January 28, 2021, in Oakley, California. He was born July 23, 1935, in Toppenish, Washington, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area where he graduated from Balboa H.S. Ben joined the Army and was a Sergeant in the 326th Engineer Airborne during the Korean War. He then rookied in 1962 and jumped that season out of Redding. Ben married Joan Potasz in 1962 and went to work for the California Dept. of Highways. He then was hired as tree topper for the City of San Francisco Park Dept. before transferring to the Dept. of Public Works where he became supervisor of all city street trees. Ben retired in 2002 and moved to Oakley, California.
Smokejumping; Smokejumpers -- United States; National Smokejumper Association; Wildfire fighters; Obituaries
National Smokejumper Association, "Smokejumper Obituary: Andres, Benjamin S. "Ben" (Redding 1962)" (2021). Smokejumper Obituaries. 121.