Larry Benson passes away

Benson was owner of IPAC, served as Rey Feo LXV

Larry Benson, the owner of Ingram Park Auto Center and Rey Feo LXV, has passed away. He was 67.

Benson's death was announced Monday by his brother, Tom Benson, the owner of the New Orleans Saints.

"It is with great sadness and a heavy heart to learn about the passing of my brother, Larry. He was not only a brother but a friend. We shared the excitement and thrill of owning sports franchises, automobile dealerships and other similar businesses both together and separately. This was very unique to me and something I cherished greatly. Larry's passion for business and sports was tremendous, but it was his passion for life, helping those in need and friends that will define my brother. He loved to travel and share those experiences with his family and friends. He loved the thrill and excitement of Saints game day and the tip off of an NBA game, especially his San Antonio Spurs. One of Larry's proudest moments was serving as the 65th El Rey Feo this past April, which in San Antonio is a very distinguished honor. El Rey Feo is responsible for raising millions of dollars for local students to continue their education. He will be greatly missed by both his immediate family, his son Larry, his extended family in San Antonio and New Orleans, his friends and the people that he worked with."

In April, Larry Benson donated $1.5 million to Saint Anthony Catholic School.

"Whatever they obtain in life someone can take away for them if they want to, but no one can take away an education," Benson said when he made the donation. "They can start over again if they need to, and they can be successful."

Benson served as Rey Feo LXV during Fiesta 2013.

He was also the majority owner of the San Antonio Riders of the World League of American Football franchise in 1991-92.

Details of his death were not immediately available and funeral arrangments were pending.


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