Born in Fort Wayne, Indiana on February 25th, 1959

Departed on September 22nd, 2019 and resided in Denver, Colorado

  • Memorial Mass: Most Precious Blood Catholic Church
    Friday October 25th, 2019 10:00 am

Michael Dean Benschneider passed away peacefully at home on September 22, 2019 with family and friends at his bedside.

Mike, “Benny”, was born February 25th, 1959, the son of William Benschneider and Donna (Neu) Benschneider, of Payne, Ohio.  He attended Wayne Trace High School and graduated from the University of Toledo.  Mike moved to Colorado in 1983, where he later received his MBA from Webster University and his JD from the University of Denver.

Mike began his 35 year career at Farmers Insurance in 1984 initially in claims and working his way up to Branch Claims Manager before joining the Government Affairs division in 1999.  He held numerous positions in the Government Affairs division including Senior Government Affairs Manager, Director of Regulatory Affairs, and Director of Compliance.  Mike was voted Government Affairs Manager of the Year numerous times.  He was also the architect of building the Farmers Insurance Political Action Committee into the largest Insurance PAC in Colorado and one of the largest Business PACs.

He was an influential leader in many organizations.  Locally, Mike held the position of Board President of the Rocky Mountain Insurance Information Association and the Colorado Civil Justice League.  Nationally, he was Board President for the Civil Justice Reform Group, a board member of the American Tort Reform Association, and the Civil Justice Association of California.  Many benefited from his knowledge, legal expertise, and mentorship.

Mike was always an active member of his community.  He stepped up and held several positions including Board President at The Village Club and member of the St. Anne’s Episcopal School Development Committee.  Mike was involved in his community by volunteering his time at Most Precious Blood School and Valor Christian High School.

As an avid sportsman, Mike enjoyed golf, baseball, and basketball.  He loved contributing his time coaching.

Mike was married to his wife and best friend, Patrice, for 28 years.  Together they enjoyed parenting their two children and spending time as a family.

He was always willing to help friends, family, business and neighborhood associates with legal matters. He was well respected for his honesty, kindness, humor, and generosity.  Mike was always willing to organize an excuse for a social gathering.  He was known and loved for his quick wit, easy going nature and positive outlook on life.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents, William and Donna, sisters Cindy and Debbie, and nephew Jeff.  He leaves his beloved wife, Patrice, daughter, AlexMarie, son, Aiden, sister, Sandy (Don), brother, Bill (Linda), and numerous nieces and nephews.  He will be missed by family and friends and remembered fondly by all.

A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, October 25, 2019 at 10:00 am at Most Precious Blood Catholic Church, 3959 E. Iliff Avenue, Denver, Colorado 80210.  A memorial luncheon will follow the mass at The Village Club’s Stone House, 4601 E. Belleview Avenue, Cherry Hills Village, Colorado 80121.  Memorial flowers may be donated through https://www.veldkampsflowers.com/

Guestbook Entries

Kara Gallas

May you have peace and continue to impact the ones you love! 

October 3rd, 2019 at 7:53pm
Bill Benschneider

We will miss you Mike. I am so Blessed to have spent time with Mike only a few weeks before his passing. Rest in Peace with God.

October 3rd, 2019 at 8:06pm
Mark Toohey

Thoughts, prayers and condolences for Mike’s family from the Tooheys in California. 

October 3rd, 2019 at 8:42pm
Dane & Jill Christensen

Patrice, Alex & Aiden, Our Thoughts and Prayers are with you!! So glad we got to know you and Mike, when Mom and Mike were in the hospital in Denver!!  Those we’re some tough times, but they made it through it!!  We also got to spend Fun times together, when your family came out for visits and to the farm for our hayrides!! Mike was a GREAT GUY and a WONDERFUL FRIEND!! Rest In Peace Mike!! ❤️ From Your Kansas Friends Jill & Dane!!

October 3rd, 2019 at 9:20pm
Koren Shepard Johnson

Mike was an example of love, generosity, and True friendship!  I will always remember his beautiful smile.  Feeling so blessed that I got to visit with him when I was in town this summer.  Patrice, Alex and Aiden may you find peace with all of your  sweet memories of your  awesome husband and father.  Much love! Koren

October 3rd, 2019 at 10:43pm
Michael Fox

A true friend who gave of himself to others. Mike, you will be missed and thank you for making us all better. Love from the Fox’s

October 4th, 2019 at 8:40am
Shirley Dana

Mike when I met your brother Bill, I new you would become a dear friend 
we all looked forward to whenever you visited here in Sun City, the 
last time I met your family, so blessed.

October 4th, 2019 at 7:47pm
Megan Downs

Benny was an awesome person!!!

October 4th, 2019 at 9:24pm
Garry Coughlin

You will be missed Benny. A great friend through high school and college. So many memories. You were always there when a friend needed a helping hand. My deepest condolences to Patrice, AlexMarie, Aiden, Bill and Sandy

October 6th, 2019 at 1:58pm
Kristyn Cline

Mike may gods hands be held by yours as you impact those in Heaven as you did here on earth.

October 7th, 2019 at 4:18pm
Amy Wood

Thank you for all the laughs and pure grace. 

October 11th, 2019 at 9:49am
The Pathys

Our condolences to all of you. Wishing you grace in this difficult time. 

October 13th, 2019 at 6:41am

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