August 4, 1960 – January 18, 2010
Born in Pendleton, OR to Ermal (Benny) and Beverly (Hill) Bennett. Tracy passed away after a brave fight of pancreatic cancer on January 18, 2010. For the last 23 years, Tracy owned and operated Bennett’s Locksmith and Key shop in Walla Walla.
As a youngster, not a creature was safe from capture. Unfortunately for sister Tena, snakes were the most fun. Tracy was never one to sit still. The family enjoyed many summers camping and boating. Winters were the most fun, snow mobiling at Uncle Ben’s cabin at Tollgate. Speed was his thing. If there was a stump under the snow he found it. It was best if he wasn’t the leader.
Tracy had some physical challenges, due to several surgeries on his hip and leg he spent many years on crutches. There is a story about his friends pulling him up a cliff with his crutches and all to bow hunt. Brave or crazy you decide.
Tracy graduated from Pendleton High in 1979. After graduation he worked at Prairie Market in Pendleton until it closed. He then studied to be a locksmith, moved to Walla Walla and opened Bennett’s Locksmith and worked many hours. He loved working with his hands so being a locksmith was the perfect profession.
Tracy always made time for fun. He was well known by family and friends for his beautiful paintings. He made knives and beautiful pieces on the wood lathe. Thanks to him the family has many beautiful bowls and bird houses.
Tracy’s friends were a special part of his life. He enjoyed the great camping and fishing trips with Scott and Carleen. We’ve heard some major rattlesnake stories from those trips. Tracy was the designated rattlesnake remover. He couldn’t run very fast so he had to out smart them.
About five years ago Tracy met a special lady, Kathy Rand and sons Wyatt and Cody. They became a family. Wyatt was young and still at home and Tracy was always a kid at heart and enjoyed playing with him. They golfed and flew model airplanes. He just enjoyed doing many things. He was very proud of Wyatt. Tracy has two nieces Carley and Shelby O’Malley. He was always their favorite person. He was always a huge tease and they were fair game.
Tracy was a wonderful person and touched the hearts of many. He has left us with many great memories and will be missed.
Please join us Friday January 29, 2010 at Assumption Church 2098 E. Alder St, Walla Walla at 12:00pm, for a Celebration of Life potluck luncheon. Please bring a salad or dessert.