Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Tribute to Ben Bracken, Fellow Writer

By Darvell Hunt, C. L. Beck, and Danyelle Ferguson

Last night at about 8:30pm, Ben Bracken, a fellow member of an online LDS writers group called Authors Incognito, posted this email response to our group:

Hi Darvell,

Well....you could come over and help me type this blasted story. The darn thing has taken off with a life of its own, dragging me along behind, trying to keep up with the typing ;) Don't you just love it when that happens?

Ben

Just before 8:30am this morning, Ben’s keyboard went forever silent. The unfinished story in his mind and in his heart went with him.

We always appreciated Ben’s willingness to read our group’s writing and he offered many insightful critiques, yet he included praise for things he thought we had done well. He seemed to not only be a prolific writer, but a prolific reader.

Ben was the “mountain man” of our writing group. In the photo he posted to our group archives, he’s dressed in buckskins and holding a black powder rifle, which seemed so fitting for his character. He loved the old west and favored the stories of Louis L’Amour. He expressed his wish to us that there were more modern-day writers who wrote western novels for young boys. He was doing his best to make that come true. Ben was good at writing compelling beginnings to his stories and we enjoyed reading them.

We just weren’t aware of his surprise endings.

Ben said his story had “taken off with a life of its own,” completely unaware that the final chapter of his own life was about to be written. His presence in our writing group will be sorely missed. We wish his family the best in dealing with their loss and we pray they will be comforted.


3 comments:

KB said...

I received an e-mail from Ben's children because I was in his e-mail address book. He and I had been talking about two novels he'd submitted to me last month. He was going to do some rewrites and resubmit. I hope his family keeps and cherishes his novels.

Ben had a wonderful clear voice. Some of his prose was almost like poetry. I am sorry that I will not get a chance to see what he would do with those books.

Karlene Browning
Rosehaven Publishing & Distribution

Josi S. Kilpack said...

What a wonderful tribute to a great guy. I remember meeting him at the conference and enjoying his enthusiasm and commitment. I'm so glad that Authors Incognito has become to so close and I'm sorry for his loss and for that of his families. He was a talented and passionate man--my condolances to all of you.

Darvell Hunt said...

Thanks so much for your comments, Karlene and Josi. We will miss him greatly.

Here is information on Ben's funeral arrangements:

Funeral services for Ben Bracken will be held Saturday, April 29, 2006 at 11 a.m. in the American Fork 3rd Ward Chapel, 165 N 350 W. A viewing will be held Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. in the Anderson & Sons Mortuary, 49 E 100 N, American Fork and Saturday at the church from 9:45-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment, American Fork Cemetery.

Daily Herald Obituary:

http://www.legacy.com/heraldextra/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=17551023

Deseret News Obituary:

http://www.legacy.com/DeseretNews/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=17549567

Salt Lake Tribune Obituary:

http://www.legacy.com/saltlaketribune/Obituaries.asp?Page=Lifestory&PersonId=17548958