Benjamin Yoshikawa

June 8, 1994 - November 26, 2017

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Benjamin Yoshikawa  passed away on Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, at Dome Mountain Ranch in Emigrant, Montana. Ben was born on June 8, 1994, in Lebanon, NH, to parents Richard Toyoo Yoshikawa and Sandra Louise Joslin. From 2001-09, Ben attended Crossroads Academy in Lyme, NH.Throughout his formative years, Ben also was a member of the Norwich Scout Troop 253 in Norwich, Vermont, where he enjoyed hiking and many outdoor adventures. Ben entered Valley Forge Military Academy in Wayne, PA, in the Fall of 2009. He began life at VC IN C Company, concluded his high school days in E Battery and in 2013, graduated cum laude with his fellow plebe brothers on the 86th Corps of Cadets. In the fall of 2013, Ben was admitted to Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York, under an AF ROTC scholarship, where he chose a double major in mechanical and aeronautical engineering.  In the spring of 2015, after a brief employment as a security guard in Burlington and a temporary driver for UPS, Ben followed his dream of a life in the outdoors to Emigrant, Montana, in Paradise Valley where he accepted a position at Dome Mountain Ranch. In the two and one-half years he was employed there, he immersed himself in the ranch life, including equipment mechanics repairs, haying, irrigation, cooking, elk hunting, rifle safety training, animal care, crop planting, ranch and NP guide, fencing, resort maintenance and caretaking of the residence for a friend and fellow employee. On July 30, 2017, Ben fully embraced his Christian faith and was baptized in the Yellowstone River. He is survived by his mother and father; a maternal grandfather, Eugene Joslin, of Middlesex, VT; two brothers Jimmy and Eric Yoshikawa and their wives Alisha and Chelsey; a niece, nine cousins, three uncles, four aunts; a Godparent, Jean Sibley, of Etna, NH; a stepmother, Kerry Kemnitzer; a stepbrother and -sister, Logan and Casey; all his close friends and co-workers of Dome Mountain Ranch; and the many friends and family who loved and supported him in the Upper Valley communities of New Hampshire and Vermont; and from many friends of Crossroads Academy, Boy Scouts of America and Valley Forge Academy communities.

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