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City of Santa Monica: 'Mark Benjamin Was A Treasured Member of Our Community'

The City issued another statement Friday after the coroner's office confirmed that Mark Benjamin was one of the four people killed in the Santa Monica Airport crash on Sept 29.

Mark Benjamin, right, speaks with former Governor and Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus, left. Photo courtesy of Idaho Conservation League via MB Whitaker
Mark Benjamin, right, speaks with former Governor and Secretary of the Interior Cecil Andrus, left. Photo courtesy of Idaho Conservation League via MB Whitaker

On Sunday morning, the coroner's office officially finalized the identification of all four victims of the Sept. 29 plane crash at Santa Monica Airport, confirming that the fourth victim was Lucas Benjamin, son of Mark Benjamin.

On Friday, following the identification of three of the four victims - including that of Mark Benjamin -  the City of Santa Monica issued a statement, which read, in part:

The City extends condolences to all the families of the victims of the tragic aircraft accident of Sept. 29, 2013 at Santa Monica Airport. As a City, we are deeply saddened by the depth of this loss.

Mark John Benjamin, the 63-year-old CEO of Morley Builders, was an active member of the Santa Monica community.

City Manager Rod Gould said: "We mourn all of the victims lost in the tragic aircraft accident.. Mark Benjamin is well known to the City of Santa Monica. He was a treasured member of our community as a corporate and community leader as well as a generous philanthropist. Under Mark Benjamin's leadership Morley Builders has been a tremendous partner for the City in constructing major projects benefitting the community and the region such as our beloved Main Library, the Big Blue Bus Maintenance Facility, Parking Structure 6, and the Douglas DC-3 Spirit of Santa Monica Memorial. I extend my condolences to the employees of Morley Builders and feel their loss at this tragic time."

"Mark gave to the community tirelessly and cared deeply about people. He served on the Human Relations Commission. He supported numerous community organizations including the Ocean Park Community Center, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, the Santa Monica-Malibu schools, the Westside Family Health Center, the Santa Monica History Museum, and the Santa Monica Police Activities League to name a few. Mark will be sorely missed by all he touched and by the Santa Monica community that he served as a corporate leader and humanitarian."

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