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Michael John Benner

1953 ~ 2022

Michael John Benner was born on October 19,1953 to the proud parents of John and Reta Benner.  Surrounded by love, he passed away peacefully on April 8, 2022, at the age of 68. Michael (Mike) was a farmer and lifelong resident of Reedley. He attended Riverview Elementary school and graduated from Reedley High School in 1971.  In 1978, Mike married Monica, the love of his life.

Mike loved his family, friends, fishing, and coaching wrestling at Grant Middle in the mid 90s and early 2000s.  He was a diehard fan of the Raiders, Fresno State, and Reedley High. 

Mike will be forever remembered by his wife and best friend Monica, their sons and grandchildren:  Jared Benner (son), Gavin and Paige Benner (grandchildren), Travis Benner (son) and his wife Annalis, Dylan and Maddox Benner (grandchildren).  He will also be forever remembered by his sister, Sheri (Ty) Parkinson, sister-in-law, Lori Coviello, brother in-law, Troy (Kim) Coviello, nieces, nephews, extended family, life-long friends and former wrestlers. 

A Celebration of Mike’s Life will be held at a later date.  Memorial Donations in memory of Michael may be made to the Parkinson’s Association or a charity of your choice.


A candle was lit in memory of Michael Benner

Nancy and Curtis Enns Jun 2 2022 2:19 PM

I met Mike in our high school years. I was from Dinuba and he Reedley. We became close friends while at Reedley College and had lots of fun times together. I also got to know Monica and we taught school together. Mike was a great human being and always happy and positive. I send all of his family my love and prayers. It's really hard knowing he is gone.

Michael Hiebert May 5 2022 2:10 AM

Blessings on the Benner family. I was so grateful to Mike as the one who took several of my Jefferson kids under his wing, and turned them into wrestlers, to keep them from straying to the streets. He will always be "Coach" to me. Thank you for finding a spot in your heart for our Reedley kids, Mike. Much love to Monica and boys.

Mary Ann Carousso Apr 25 2022 4:43 PM

Mike my brother we met in hi school and became friends right away we played sports together we both got married the same year our sons were born the same year we farmed many years and had life long friendship
Rest in my brother Rest In Peace

Jesse ybarra Apr 19 2022 3:00 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Michael Benner

Susan Lusk Apr 19 2022 12:32 PM

Sending my love to my family. I miss you and love you and I wish I could be there with you. I love you, Uncle Mike. Rest in peace.

Talya Coviello Apr 18 2022 11:50 PM

Sending all my love and wish I was with you guys right now. Love you Uncle Mike! ❤️

Megan Davis Apr 18 2022 11:36 PM

Childhood friend. Our parents were good friends and we were in the same classroom but different grades at Riverview. I’m heartbroken to hear of your passing MJB. 💔

Mary Vaughan King Apr 13 2022 11:30 PM