Monday evening, longtime public servant and Riverside County Supervisor John Benoit lost his battle with advanced pancreatic cancer.
In late November, Benoit announced the severity of his illness and advised of plans to reduce his workload to undergo treatment. "My oncologist confirmed,” he stated at the time, “That I have advanced pancreatic cancer and the prognosis is not good.”
In a press release late Monday, county officials stated Benoit passed away peacefully at his home in Bermuda Dunes. Benoit is survived by his wife, Sheryl; son, Ben (wife Jaimie); daughter, Sarah; brothers Mark and Paul; and grandchildren Abrielle and Nick.
Benoit’s history of service to the community is worthy of honor. He spent twenty-nine years with the California Highway Patrol as part of the more than thirty years he dedicated to community service through law enforcement. In addition, he spent time in Sacramento as a state senator and a member of the state assembly where during those tenures he successfully championed 40 pieces of legislation that were signed into law.
Benoit served as Riverside County’s Fourth District supervisor from 2009 to 2016 and as chairman of the Board of Supervisors in 2013 and 2016. Benoit’s term as supervisor was not due to expire until 2018, in the interim, California Governor Jerry Brown will appoint a replacement.
In a short press release issued November 23, Benoit said, “I want to thank the community for the overwhelming outpouring of support I have received these past few days.”
Benoit, who was sixty-four years old, passed away one day before his sixty-fifth birthday. Funeral arrangements are forth coming.