Captain Alan Earl Bentz of Poteet passed peacefully on Monday evening the 29 of April in his home with family by his side.
Visitation for Captain Bentz was Tuesday, May 7 at Cowboy Fellowship, 561 FM 3350, Jourdanton. Graveside Services will be on Wednesday May 8 at 11 a.m. with Military honors at Kenedy Cemetery, 2146 CR 330 Kenedy.
Captain Bentz was born on January 1, 1933 in San Antonio. The proud parents Bonnie Marie Adams Bentz of Kenedy, granddaughter of legendary Texas Trail Driver William Green Butler and Joseph John Bentz an Austrian immigrant, artist and sculptor. His family history dates to President John Adams, heroes from the American Revolution, original settlers of the Americas and to the Emperor Charlemagne. Earl, as known in his young days, lived in Kenedy and attended Kenedy High School, served abroad, returned to Texas to attend San Antonio College and transferred to the University of Texas graduating in 1962 with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Growing up near Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio influenced his love for the military and its role of protecting the United States. As a legacy to many war and service veterans, Earl enlisted in the US Navy in 1950 at the age of 17 with a permission signature from his parent due to his age. Earl became Alan since the US Navy would not allow him to go by his middle name, serving overseas, both ashore and aboard ship, notably USS BelatrixAKA-3, (Attack Cargo Ship) serving as an Assault Boat Coxswain and Craft Master during the 30 month Korean West-Pac deployments. While attending the university, Alan was a member of the Naval Reserve, attached to Surface type units serving as an instructor and department head. His 41 years of service include nine Command Tours which include: Naval Surface units, argument units for amphibious ships, Navy Recruiting District Assistance Council RDAC serving as Chairman of the council for 6 years, Navy Liaison Officer (Nation Security Matters) to the State of Texas, Governor’s Office, and Navy Liaison Officer to Commander of the Fifth US Army. Captain Bentz was selected Recruiting Area Seven RDAC chairman of the year 3 separate times, he earned 14 Recruiting Wreaths for Recruiting Excellence. His service awards and military decorations include National Guard Distinguished Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Service Medal and the US Army Meritorious Service Medal. He retired from the US Navy officially in 1991. Captain Bentz never stopped recruiting and will be remembered by many with the simple slogan “Go Navy”.
Captain Bentz’s personal life was as full as his military career. He dedicated his time to many civic and veteran’s organization, his family: wife of 51 years Yvonna “Bugs” Simpson Bentz, his daughter Alisha Bentz Anderson and his beloved the Anchor B Ranch in Poteet. “Behind every great man is a great woman”. Captain Bentz always willing to lend a helping hand, provided support, and treated everyone fairly, with respect, and dignity.
Captain Bentz is survived by his many friends, wife Yvonna Simpson Bentz, daughter Alisha Bentz Anderson with her husband Steven M. Anderson, Floresville, grandchildren Wilson E. Seiders of Midland and Jessi Seiders Maupin with her husband Cale R. Maupin of Borger.