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David Benjamin Jentzsch

April 6, 1986 ~ September 30, 2023 (age 37) 37 Years Old

David Jentzsch Obituary

David Benjamin Jentzsch (Benji)

April 6, 1986 — September 30, 2023

David was welcomed into the world shortly after midnight on April 6, 1986, in the Swan River Hospital by proud parents Kathy and Kurt and big sister Stephanie. When he was ten years old, little sister Nicole (Nikki) joined the family.

Most of his childhood and adulthood adventures took place in Benito and throughout the Swan River Valley with his many cousins, aunties, uncles, gramma Ball and gramma and grampa Jentzsch as well as his many friends.

David had a contagious laugh, quick wit and the ability to make people smile, so he never had any trouble making friends. Many of his childhood friends are still his friends to this day. He enjoyed spending time with Jayla, fishing, doing anything mechanical, hanging out with friends and loved the band Blink 182.

He has always been ambitious and a hard worker. When he was about 6 years old, he convinced his gramma Ball to help him paint rocks (solid gold spray paint - nothing too fancy) which he then carried around the neighbourhood and tried to sell as paper weights. It is not known how many he actually sold but his auntie Corinne bought one. He was always trying to figure out a way to fatten his bank account.

David was always mechanically inclined. When he was young, he would take things apart so that he could put them back together. Sometimes there was nothing wrong with the particular item he chose to disassemble and sometimes it didn’t work after it was reassembled but he must have learned something from those exercises because he did become quite a good mechanic. He fixed vehicles and yard equipment for many friends and family. 

After he finished school, he held various jobs. He worked for the Town of Benito, Penner Service, Aspland, Mykula’s Contracting and on Thomas Keller’s farm where he rented a house for several years. He made new friends at each place.

In 2013 he met Tanya and with her created his most prized accomplishment. Their precious little girl Jayla was born May 6, 2015. His pride and joy!

Things got tough on the entire family in the fall of 2022 when David’s dad (Kurt) fell ill and ended up in the hospital. Kurt’s passing in January 2023 seemed to hit David particularly hard and he faced many struggles. He was fighting to get back control of his life, making progress and was heading in the right direction, but sadly he never got to finish that race. We know he would have won, and we are proud of him for starting.

David was predeceased by his dad Kurt in January 2023, his gramma Undine Ball, grampa Richard Jentzsch, gramma Betty Jentzsch, uncle Brett, auntie Brenda, uncle Mike and auntie Kathy Ann. We take some comfort in knowing he had a loving welcome as he crossed over.

Left to mourn his early departure is his mom Kathy, sisters Stephanie and Nikki, daughter Jayla and her mom Tanya, numerous aunties, uncles, cousins, and many friends.

Thank you to all of you who knew and loved David in his too-short life. We will always love you, David — you are in our hearts forever.


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October 12, 2023

7:00 PM
Chapel of Swan Valley Funeral Services
363 Kelsey Trail
Swan River, MB R0L 1Z0

Memorial Gathering
October 21, 2023

1:00 PM
Benito Legion Hall
95 Railway Ave
Benito, MB R0L 0C0

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