Ben Logan was born in Gadsden, Alabama on January 11, 1941. He was an only child to parents who raised him with pride. He went to high school in this small Alabama town where he was the head cheerleader. This is where he met his high school sweetheart. He married Belinda in July of 1961. Ben and Belinda moved to Tuscaloosa so he could attend the University of Alabama where he graduated in 1965. They had their first 2 kids in Alabama while attending college and working to raise a family. However, in 1969 he...
Ben Logan was born in Gadsden, Alabama on January 11, 1941. He was an only child to parents who raised him with pride. He went to high school in this small Alabama town where he was the head cheerleader. This is where he met his high school sweetheart. He married Belinda in July of 1961. Ben and Belinda moved to Tuscaloosa so he could attend the University of Alabama where he graduated in 1965. They had their first 2 kids in Alabama while attending college and working to raise a family. However, in 1969 he was recruited to work for Texas Instruments and this brought the Logan family to Plano, Texas. Excited to be making $10,000 a year, they expanded their family by adding two more children. Ben worked very hard and was driven to succeed.
Ben and Belinda built their lives together in Plano. They surrounded themselves with many friends. Ben never met a stranger; he could talk to anyone about any subject. He would strike up a conversation with everyone he met. He knew what it really meant to build a relationship with people. He knew how to treat everyone equal, with kindness and with respect. Ben always provided for his family. Even when the economy got tough he took odd jobs just to make sure food was on the table for his wife and kids. When he took time off from work, the family vacations were camping trips. When we went camping he would play his guitar and sing.he had a beautiful voice. He could hear a song just once and then play it on the guitar. People would gather from the entire camp ground to listen.
Ben developed a passion and expertise in the fine art of smoking BBQ. He perfected his skill and entered many competitions across Texas. He was recognized on several occasions and even won the North Texas State Championship for his brisket and for Best Pit in 1994. He got so much joy out of catering events for family and friends. You could always count on Ben's smoked brisket at any of the family events.
Ben loved all sports but he really loved watching the University of Alabama football games. He never missed a game on TV. Even though he might have spent most of his time debating out loud with the players and the coaches on the TV screen for some "stupid" play that just occurred..he sure did know how to rejoice year after year watching HIS team win the SEC Championship. He was very passionate.
Even though he was recruited from the University of Alabama to come work for Texas Instruments..he didn't believe in nor trust technology! He refused to have a "smart phone". He didn't think a phone should do anything else except make a phone call.and that was just fine with him. He didn't ever need anything. He was always so grateful for any little gesture of kindness and he always said Thank you.
After retirement and kids were gone, Ben and Belinda bought a truck, an RV and a GPS. They took off to see the country. They loaded up the RV with the dog and cat and had a goal to as many of the National Parks as they could..they saw 14 of them on their adventures. Once again, Ben made friends all across the country at every RV Park.
Ben Logan was loved by so many people. He had so many close friends because he gave to so many people by being such an amazing friend to anyone who needed a friend, a meal, a dollar, and a place to stay or just an ear to listen.
Ben is survived by his wife Belinda, by his daughter Kimberly Parkin and her husband Jim, by his son Ben Logan, by his daughter Kari Logan and her wife Reid, and by his daughter Brandi Logan, Also surviving are his grandchildren Paisley Ariza and her husband Sebastian, Jamie Parkin, Tifini Ballard, Sierra (Lennon) Logan, Benjamin Logan and Amanda Logan.
Ben - You will be missed here on earth - but we will see you again in Heaven one day. We all Love you!
Memorial Service Attire: The family request no black or dark colors. Prefer to wear bright colors, Alabama colors - Crimson and White - or even an Alabama shirt. Remember - this is a Celebration of Ben Logan's Life.