Popular educator’s sudden death stuns the community




FAMILY TIES—Former Medea Creek teacher Jim Benton and his wife Meredith cradle their newly adopted daughter Adalyn in June of this year. Benton died while chaperoning a middle school trip.
Jim Benton, a beloved teacher, mentor, and coach at Medea Creek Middle School and Oak Park High School, died suddenly while chaperoning an eighth grade school trip.
Benton collapsed Mon., Oct. 22, on a bus headed to Williamsburg, VA. He was 33.
An autopsy has not confirmed the cause of death. Benton&rsqu...

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