Mike DeBenedetto

The Silent Warrior Foundation would like to announce that Mike DeBenedetto's funeral service will be held on December 28th at Hansen Mortuaries and Cemetery, located at:

6500 E. Bell Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85254
Visitation and viewing will be from 5-7 pm and a remembrance service will be from 7-8 pm.

Mike's Celebration of Life will be the next day at the Dillon Aero hangar at 

Phoenix Deer Valley Airport
1510 W Deer Valley Rd
Phoenix, AZ  85027. 

Cards of condolence can be sent to: 

The DeBenedetto Family
4528 W Fallen Leaf Lane
Glendale AZ 85310

The Celebration of Life will begin at 4 pm and go until 8 pm. A wooden American flag will be made into a remembrance board for the family. Please bring an emblem that represents you to pound in (SEALs pound in a Trident, for example). If you can’t make it contact Dave Hall at dave@silentwarriorfoundation.com to make arrangements to have your emblem pounded in for you or for any questions you may have. 

A missing man formation will honor Mike at 5 pm local time. 
Mike wore crocs in the oddest places so many of his close friends will obviously be wearing crocs and smoking cigars. We look forward to seeing everyone and sharing the many heart warming and funny stories we all have. 

The family would like to remind his friends that in lieu of flowers they would prefer that donations be made to Mike’s beloved Silent Warrior Foundation

Mike DeBenedetto
It is with great sadness that the Silent Warrior Foundation announces the loss of one of our founding board members, Mike DeBenedetto. Mike passed away last night of complications from a valiant battle with COVID-19.
His wit and generosity were treasured gifts to all who knew him and will be sorely missed by us all.
Many, many beneficiaries of the Silent Warrior Foundation were positively affected by Mike’s constant and tireless efforts on their behalf often without them knowing of his efforts.
Never seeking the spotlight and not having served in the military himself, Mike was driven from the heart to give back to veterans and their families.
He gave his love to his family, friends and country openly and without reservation.
He is survived by his wife Melissa, daughter Gabrielle, son Nico, niece Amanda Pienta, and his nephew Nolan Pienta.
A celebration of life is being planned and will be announced soon. In lieu of flowers Mike’s family asks that friends donate to Mike’s treasured Silent Warrior Foundation.

Mike DeBenedetto
April 13, 1960 - December 14, 2020
“The dash between these dates was his life....it was a good life.”