The epitome of kindness and everyone’s favorite good guy, Robert Benjamin Wilde, said farewell to this life on May 24, 2022. Known to many around him as Ricky Bobby, he was born in Murray, Utah to his mountain-loving mother, Rosemary, and his boat-loving father, Leland Clair on May 31, 1977. His legacy will be carried on by his fun-loving wife Chalyce who always made sure Ben never fell asleep on life and kept him living life to the fullest. Championing his spirit in the sky will be his sons Walker Benjamin and Remington Brooks, and his daughter Navy Marchae, all of whom are his greatest accomplishments in this life. He is also survived by the ultimate brotherhood; his brothers Chris (spouse-Jen and baby-to-be), Jeremy (spouse-Amy), and Tim (spouse-Sara). He was preceded in death by his artistic sister Roseanne (spouse-Steve Andersen) who passed away in December 2021, after battling inflammatory breast cancer. Rounding out his circle of support are his in-laws Dave and Chalane Wright; brother-in-laws Cameron (spouse-Natalie) and Brock (spouse-Stacey); sister-in-laws Marisa, Amberlee (spouse-Kenneth), Nicole (spouse-Brett), Natasha (spouse-Gregory), and Brooklyn (spouse-Christian).
Ben was very proud to have served in the Ilagan, Philippines mission from 1996-1998 where he forged lifelong friendships and started a lifelong hankering for rice and Pancit. He felt extra lucky to have served alongside his childhood friend, Matt Glassey, through the remotest areas of their mission. Following his service, Ben had a career as a structural concrete contractor, and he is well-respected throughout Salt Lake, Davis, and Weber counties.
He was Daddo to his nearest and dearest – Team Wilde; and to the rest of his family and friends, he was The Waterski King of Echo Reservoir, Montego Bay’s most charismatic player, and the ultimate keeper of confidence.
You may have known him as the friendly neighbor who shoveled your driveway without asking, or that nice guy who lifted your concrete and helped you pick up your leaves or took out your trash. Perhaps he took you boating on the lake and taught you to waterski, or sat side-by-side quoting movies at a Blackjack table. Most likely, he treated you to a Pioneer Day fireworks show on his back porch. He probably schooled you in a few games of Cover Your Assets or texted you a hidden-gem new song. You might have some memories sitting sideline with him at track meets, dance programs, and football and basketball games. The beach at Snowbasin was lonely when he wasn’t there to grill and guiltily save premium parking spots. Maybe you knew his favorite camping and hunting spots because you took a trip or two with him. He was Safety Sam and Mr. Reliable in all facets of life. He was Super Dad, Patron, Man of Costco, Hot Husband, Snow Stallion, RB, Señor, and MacGyver all rolled into one. Although, he would argue that most knew him as Chal’s Husband.
He was the man who gave and gave with no expectation for anything in return. He truly was the definition of kindness and that will be carried forward in the lives of his beloved three hyenas – Tex, Jack, and Birdie.
Where there is great grief, there was great love. For Ben, we have seen that ring true during his swift battle with Pancreatic Cancer. His community has been there for him in an incredible way. For this, Ben’s family wants to extend their deepest gratitude and love to all who have shown up for them including the Holy Land Tribe, the Judge Memorial and St. Olaf communities, the Quality Fire Protection crew, the ProLift brotherhood, the Sister Wives, the WPA, our friends around the poker table, the Trailer Troopers, the Rowdies, the Snow Pony and Snow Stallions of Snowbasin, and the many family and friends who have been there through the darkest hours. It was Ben’s final wish to depart this life with swiftness and a full head of flowing hair and a shining smile. This he was able to do, and there is great comfort in knowing he has found the peace that he was so deserving of.
Raise your Winder Dairy whole milk; raise your can of Tab; raise your eggnog; raise your Ultra Wussy; raise your Patron; raise your 7-Eleven coffee; raise your Hef; raise your Premier Protein Café Latte; in honor of the man we were all fortunate to have loved and been loved by.
A special "Thank You" to Dr. Mark A. Lewis and the oncology team at Intermountain Medical Center, for their professionalism and thoughtful care. They were humane and provided hope, words of comfort, and compassion.
In lieu of flowers, we request that donations be made to Ben’s GoFundMe to help support Team Wilde through the months ahead, and to develop The Ben Wilde Kindness Scholarship (details to follow).
Celebration of Life honoring Ben on Wednesday, June 1st at 11:00 am at Bountiful High School, 695 Orchard Avenue, Bountiful. Friends and family far and wide may visit the family at Lindquist's Bountiful Mortuary, 727 North 400 East, on Tuesday, May 31 from 5:00 to 8:00 pm, and 9:30 to 10:30 am at Bountiful High.
Interment, Lakeview Memorial Estates.
To the dirt bikers and motorcyclists, bring your ride. We will be leaving the stake center to the memorial park in a proper motorcade, following behind the ProLift truck. Please follow the direction of the funeral staff, and obey all traffic laws.
Services will be live-streamed, and will be available Wednesday morning by scrolling to the bottom of this page.