Walter Bennett, formerly president and director of Utility Trailer Manufacturing, died September 11 in his Los Angeles, California home. He was 93.
Walter and his brother John Bennett ran the company during the post World War II years. Under their leadership, Utility developed many patentable innovations and laid the foundation for the third generation of Bennett family leadership.
In 1982, Walter and John passed management of the company to their sons—Paul, Hal, and Craig Bennett. Hal Bennett is now president of Utility, and Craig Bennett is senior vice-president of sales and marketing.
Walter was born in Los Angeles in 1918 to Ella and H.C. Bennett. He was the younger brother of Frank and John Bennett. Walter married Betty Jean Montgomery in 1941 and had three children: Hal, Craig, and Laurie.
After graduating from Stanford University with a B.S. in engineering, Walter Bennett began his career with Utility in 1940. In doing so, he joined his father, H.C. Bennett, and his uncle E.W. Bennett who founded the family-owned company in 1914.
“As we mourn the loss of our father, we remember a great man who modeled for us integrity in every aspect of his life,” said Hal Bennett. “His vision was pivotal in the success of our company. But more importantly, his life will have an impact on our family for generations to come. With fond memories, my father will be greatly missed by all.”