Caleb Allen Bezanson1

M, #27941, b. 20 December 1980, d. 18 May 2009
Father*Charles H. Bezanson1 b. 24 May 1944, d. 17 Aug 2014
Mother*Jacqueline P. Pearson1 b. 2 Feb 1946, d. 5 May 1986


Stacia Hull
Relationship6th great-grandson of Jean George Bezanson
     Caleb Allen Bezanson was born on 20 December 1980 at San Diego, California.1 He died on 18 May 2009 at Fort Hood, Killeen, Texas, at age 28.1

     Caleb Allen Bezanson was mentioned in an article on 20 May 2009:
Fort Hood investigating soldier's death on post
By The Associated Press | 5:15 p.m. May 20, 2009

FORT HOOD, Texas — Fort Hood officials are investigating the death of a soldier found in his barracks, at least the fourth such incident this year at the Central Texas Army post.

Spc. Caleb Allen Bezanson, 28, of Ridgecrest, Calif., was found unresponsive Monday in his room by fellow soldiers and was later pronounced dead after being taken to the Army hospital, Fort Hood officials said Wednesday in a news release.

Bezanson entered the military in 2003 as a satellite communications systems operator and since August had been assigned to 3rd Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division.

Bezanson's decorations and awards include the Army Achievement Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon and Overseas Service Ribbon.

Two soldiers were found dead in their barracks, one in early January and one later that month, and a third was found in March at the sprawling post that has about 52,000 troops. Last year authorities were investigating at least five other soldiers' deaths at Fort Hood from July to September – three found in their barracks in separate incidents, one who died in a fire and one found dead in a training area.2

     Death Notice from The Daily Independent (Ridgecrest, California), 22 May 2009:
Caleb Allen Bezanson, son, brother, father, uncle, and husband, passed away Monday, May 18, 2009. Caleb was serving in the Army at Fort Hood in Killeen, Texas.

Born in San Diego on Dec. 20, 1980, Caleb attended school in Ridgecrest at Pierce Elementary, Monroe Junior High and Mesquite High School. He graduated in December 1998.

He joined the Army in 1999 and was stationed in Germany for several years. He was a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom. After leaving the Army, Caleb worked at China Lake from 2004 to 2007 in Public Works as an electrician apprentice. He re-enlisted in the Army in 2007. He attended training in satellite communications and was then stationed at Fort Hood.

Caleb is survived by his sons, Casper A. Bezanson and Cade A. Bezanson; his parents, Charles and Carol Bezanson; sister, Loretta Hart and husband, Victor; sister, Mari Marr; sister, Sally Willard; sister, Pan Bezanson-Soard and husband, Richard, all of Ridgecrest; brothers, Kevin Brown of Mission Viejo and Derek Brown of Palo Alto; nieces and nephews, Charlie, Judi, Nikki, Tiffany, Alex, Robert, Tawni, Carrah, Katie, Jewelie, Isaiah, and Noah; grand-niece, Keylie and grand-nephew Ethan, all of Ridgecrest. He is also remembered by numerous aunts, uncles and cousins.

Caleb was preceded in death by his daughter, Lillith; and his mother, Jacqueline Bezanson.

Caleb loved to go rock-hounding in the desert and was a member of the Rock and Mineral Club. He played the bass guitar and entertained family and friends for hours. Caleb often went bowling with family and friends, and was quite successful at it.

Caleb will be remembered by family and friends as someone who loved to be with people he cared about. He especially loved spending time with his son, Casper.

Visitation will be Wednesday, May 27, 2009, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the H.K. Holland Memorial Chapel. The memorial service will be with full military honors at St. Ann Catholic Church on Thursday, May 28, at 2 p.m.1
Last Edited27 Feb 2021


  1. [S2] Caleb Allen Bezanson Death Notice, Daily Independent (Ridgecrest, California), 22 May 2009.
  2. [S19] News article "Fort Hood investigating soldier's death on post", San Diego Union-Tribune (San Diego, California), 20 May 2009.
  3. [S2] Lillith Gwendolynn Hull-Bezanson Death Notice, The Daily Independent (Ridgecrest, California), 27 September 2005.

Emma Bezanson1

F, #27943, b. 9 December 2009, d. 9 December 2009
Father*Richard Bezanson1
Mother*Brittany Price1
Relationship7th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Emma Bezanson was born on 9 December 2009.1 She died on 9 December 2009.1

     Obituary from The Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 13 December 2009:
Emma Sue Bezanson - "Our Little Princess" Emma Sue was born Wednesday, December 9, 2009 at 4:53 a.m. Having come early, at only 21 weeks, we were pleased to have her visit with us until 7:30 that same morning. Emma's strong heart and quiet willing spirit touched many. She will be deeply missed. Preceded in death by her brother Carson. Survived by loving parents, Brittany and Richard.1
Last Edited16 Apr 2016


  1. [S2] Emma Sue Bezanson Death Notice, Deseret News (Salt Lake City, Utah), 13 December 2009.

Tammy Lee Bezanson1

F, #27944, b. 19 July 1964, d. 31 December 2013
Father*Walter Irving Bezanson1 b. 28 Nov 1928, d. 26 Dec 1998
Mother*Anna (?)1 b. c 1940, d. 15 Apr 2013


Vincent Alan Minichino
Relationship5th great-granddaughter of Jean George Bezanson
     Tammy Lee Bezanson was born on 19 July 1964.1,2 She married Vincent Alan Minichino on 6 August 1983 at Pasco County, Florida. She was 19.3 Tammy Lee Bezanson died on 31 December 2013 at age 49.1

     Death Notice from Tampa Bay Times (Tampa, Florida), 2 January 2014:
MINICHINO, Tammy, 49, of New Port Richey, died on Dec. 31, 2013. Survived by children, Alan, Ryan, Crystal; her granddaughter, Aryana; siblings, Henry, Nancy, Anna. Dobies FH - Hudson.1
Last Edited16 Apr 2016


  1. [S2] Tammy Minichino Death Notice, Tampa Bay Times (Tampa, Florida), 2 January 2014.
  2. [S906], "U.S. Public Records Index, 1950-1993, Volume 1", Tammy L Minichino; Birth Date: 19 July 1964.
  3. [S905] Florida Department of Health, "Florida Marriage Indexes, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001", Tammy Lee Bezanson; Vincent Alan Minichino; 6 August 1983.

Denise Marie Bezanson1

F, #27947, b. 23 January 1960, d. 17 December 1978
Mother*Anna (?)1 b. c 1940, d. 15 Apr 2013


David Rod Davenport b. 27 Aug 1959, d. 17 Dec 1978
     Denise Marie Bezanson was born on 23 January 1960 at Fall River, Massachusetts.1,2 She married David Rod Davenport on 30 July 1977 at Pasco County, Florida. She was 17. He was 17.3 Denise Marie Bezanson died on 17 December 1978 at Pasco County, Florida, at age 18 in a car accident that also killed her husband David Rod Davenport.2 Denise Marie Bezanson was buried in Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey, Florida.4

     Denise Marie Bezanson and David Rod Davenport were mentioned in an article on 18 December 1978:
3 killed, 5 hurt in Pasco crash

NEW PORT RICHEY — Three persons were killed in a head-on car-truck collision Sunday afternoon a few miles east of New Port Richey.

The accident occurred on the same curve on Moon Lake Road where a motorcyclist and his passenger died in a head-on collision nine days ago.

The victims, all riding in a 1978 Plymouth sedan, were David Rod Davenport, 19, of 9438 Lakeview Drive, New Port Richey; Denise Davenport, 18, and Kenneth Benjamin Porter, 31, of Room 8, Hacienda Hotel, New Port Richey. The Davenports' relationship was not clear.

Five other persons riding in the 1977 Ford pickup truck were injured. They were identified as Michael Robert Neville, 36, the driver, of Route 11, Box 628, Hayes Road, in north Pasco County. Riding with him were his wife Carol Neville, 36, and Melanie Neville, 5. All three were at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater.

Two other passengers, Michael Neville, 15, and Steve Neville, 12, were treated at Community Hospital in New Port Richey.

The accident occurred at 4:05, p.m. on S.R. 587 about one-quarter mile north 14 the Half Moon Bar.

Investigating troopers R. Ratcliffe and W N. Chapman had not determined who was at fault.

In the earlier accident Edward H. (Monkee) Laschinski, 33, a member of the Semanon Motorcycle Club of Florida, was killed Dec. 8, about a quarter-mile north of where the accident occurred Sunday.

Also killed in that accident was Donna Newman, 27, a passenger on his motorcycle. Both of those victims were from New Port Richey.5

     Denise Marie Bezanson and David Rod Davenport were mentioned in an article that appeared in St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida) on 19 December 1978:
Second fatal wreck in 8 days sparks study of road

NEW PORT RICHEY — An intensive study of the engineering features, traffic flow patterns and driving habits on Moon Lake Road has begun after Sunday's death of three persons and injuries to five others in a two-vehicle traffic accident.

Sunday's accident was the second fatal wreck within eight days on a 500-foot to 600-foot stretch of highway near the Half Moon Bar.

PASCO SHERIFF John Short and County Commissioner Barry Doyle Monday inspected the site where David Davenport, 19, of 9438 Lakeview Drive, New Port Richey, his wife Denise, 18, and Kenneth Benjamin Porter, 31, of New Port Richey were killed and five members of the Michael Robert Neville family of Hays Road, Shady Hills, were injured.

Short said he and Doyle made the inspection because they were "concerned as to the amount of traffic on the highway and to see if the road was properly marked."

Sunday's accident and an accident Dec. 8 that killed Edward H. "Monkee" Laschinski, 33, Moon Lake Estates, and Donna Newman, 27, New Port Richey, occurred when an oncoming car tried to pass slower traffic and hit the victims' vehicles head-on.

Short and Doyle are investigating the possibility of more road signs notifying motorists of the curve and no-passing zone in the area and additional markings on the highway that would be readily visible. Markings appear to meet state and county highway safety standards, they said.

SHORT SAID MEMBERS of his department who are on special traffic detail as a result of a federal grant will be assigned to the Moon Lake Road area to determine if there are driving habits that contribute to the problem.

Meanwhile, the Florida Highway Patrol has charged Neville with improper passing in a no-passing zone.

Neville, his wife Carol, 35, and daughter Melanie, 5, remain hospitalized in Clearwater. Officials at Morton Plant Hospital said Mr. and Mrs. Neville are in fair condition. Melanie's condition is good.

Two other Neville children were injured in the car-truck crash. Michael, 15, and Steve, 12, were relented after treatment at Community Hospital of New Port Richey.6

     Denise Marie Bezanson and David Rod Davenport were mentioned in an article that appeared in The St. Petersburg Times (St. Petersburg, Florida) on 9 January 1979:
Grandparents of infants orphaned after accident fight for custody

NEW PORT RICHEY — The grandparents of two youngsters who lost their parents in a traffic accident in December are involved in a custody dispute over the youngsters.

Tarpon Springs lawyer Nick Stamathis Monday filed a petition on behalf of one set of grandparents in an attempt to modify a temporary custody order that granted custody to the other grandparents.

Joel Lamarr Davis and his wife Betty, the paternal grandparents, were granted temporary custody Dec. 22 under the supervision of the State Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.

Stamathis represents Walter I. Bezanson and his wife Anna, the children's maternal grandparents. The Bezansons allege that the two youngsters, Michael Paul, 1 month-old, and Donald David Donald, 1-year-old, should be in their custody.

Stamathis says the best interests of the two youngsters would be served by giving them to the Bezansons.

David Rod Davenport and his wife Denise Marie, the parents of the youngsters, were killed Dec. 17 in a head-on traffic accident on the Moon Lake Road.7
Last Edited17 Apr 2016


  1. [S668] Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Public Health, "Massachusetts Birth Index, 1860-1970", Denise M. Bezanson; Year: 1960.
  2. [S846] Florida Department of Health, "Florida Death Index, 1877-1998", Denise Marie Davenport; 17 December 1978.
  3. [S905] Florida Department of Health, "Florida Marriage Indexes, 1822-1875 and 1927-2001", Denise Marie Bezanson; David Rod Davenport; 30 July 1977.
  4. [S836] Various Contributors, "Find A Grave", Denise M. Davenport, Meadowlawn Memorial Gardens, New Port Richey, Florida; Memorial Number: 71844846.
  5. [S19] News article "3 killed, 5 hurt in Pasco crash", St. Petersburg Times (9 January 1979), B-1.
  6. [S19] News article "Second fatal wreck in 8 days sparks study of road", St. Petersburg Times (19 December 1978), Pasco Times section, 1 and 3.
  7. [S19] News article "Grandparents of infants orphaned after accident fight for custody", St. Petersburg Times (9 January 1979), Pasco Times section, 3.