Cancer takes life of Kerm Bennett

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Kerm Bennett, who served as interim superintendent in School District No. 9 from Aug. 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007, passed away at his home in Wilsonville, Jan. 20, 2010.

He was diagnosed with esophagus/stomach cancer in January of 2009. It had mestasized to his liver. He went through chemotherapy in March, April and May.

After completing chemo, in  July he, and his wife, Sara, and his beloved cat, went on a long planned trip in his boat, the Sara Lee. They were gone until September sailing the San Juan Islands.

Kerm spent 43 years in education. He began and ended that career in School District 9. His first position in the district was at Eagle Point Junior High where he was a teacher and coach from 1966-1968. From there he went to Eagle Point High School as a teacher and coach from 1968-72 and then spent three years in Roseburg, coming back to Eagle Point and the district as a high school counselor, football coach and coordinator of graduation requirements from 1975-76. He left because the district closed when taxpayers refused to pass a tax base. That took him back to Roseburg, until 1990-92 when he was superintendent of the Grants Pass district. It was under his guidance that the new Grants Pass High school was constructed. 

Kerm is survived by his wife, Sara, and two sons.

The memorial service will be held at Grants Pass High School in the Commons overlooking the football field on Saturday, Feb. 20 at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Grants Pass High School Foundation, P.O. Box 908, Grants Pass, OR 97528.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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