On Tuesday, February 9, the world lost a Man of Steel. Benjamin Fort Stout was a loving father, grandfather, brother, and friend. He died comfortably in his home with his family. He was born September 10, 1961 to Byron D. Stout and Naomi F. Fort in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Ben attended Kearns High School where he enjoyed his time in the Green Zingers, a TV Production club, honing his editing skills. He spent his youth playing basketball sporting his 00 (two oughts/“tuots”) jersey as well as goofing off with his siblings and neighborhood friends, working on the high school news crew, and making films. You could often find evidence of where Ben had been, leaving trails of stage blood.
Ben’s passion for creativity with film led him toward a career in Television Production where he won a nonzero number of Emmy’s for his work. He started at KUTV channel 2 as a tape tech while still in high school and continued to work between Telescene and KUTV primarily as an editor for 30 years. He also freelanced doing instant replay for the Utah Jazz and Utah Grizzlies as well as other televised sports like skiing, college ball, bowling and pool tournaments across the country including speed skating at the Kearns Olympic Oval during the 2002 Olympics.
Ben’s and his brothers’ passion for pyrotechnics lead them to create unforgettable family memories traveling and staging firework shows, lead by his brother Sam. With all his many talents he leaves us many gems in his home movies from his childhood through adulthood. He spent his retired years color correcting, cutting and editing a collection of his and his father’s films, slides and photographs – capturing unforgettable moments with personalized sound and visual effects. Treasures we will keep forever. Being the high-achieving, stubborn, and detail-oriented person that he was, he could also claim several medical records no one seeks – like being the Tom Brady of dialysis (holding the record for the longest living person on dialysis West of the Mississippi). This is just another manifestation of the depth of his love for his family. He fought long and hard living with GPA (formerly known as Wegener’s Granulomatosis) and its many complications.
Ben is remembered by his children Mindy (Jesse) Newsome, Aaron Stout, Jake Stout, Alex (Jill) Stout; 7 grandchildren Damian Stout, Lily Dobos, Johnny Stout, Max Stout, Jude Stout, Jett Stout, and Zoey Newsome; siblings, Paul (Stephanie) Stout, Steve (Ingrid) Stout, Sam (Claudette) Stout, Joe (Sherry) Stout, and Marianne (Arlin) Heaton. He was preceded in death by his parents; and nephews, Andrew Stout and Duncan Stout.
A celebration of life will be held on a later date. Ben’s last request was to keep his family and loved ones safe from COVID-19. Please stay tuned for more information regarding future events and other fond memories at the following URL:
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In lieu of flowers please donate to the American Kidney Fund.