Don Robert Bender, 65, of Scottsdale, AZ, loving husband, brother, and uncle, passed away\nunexpectedly on May 5, 2023.\nDon was born on January 14, 1958, in Meyersdale, PA, to Byard Miller Bender and Vida Hazel\n(Kretchman) Bender. He lived on the family farm in Springs, PA, and attended Salisbury-Elk Lick\nHigh School and Drexel University in Philadelphia where he earned a degree in Business\nAdministration in 1980. He had a successful career as Senior Vice President at Affiliated\nComputer Services Inc. (ACS)--a company that provided information technology services and\nbusiness process outsourcing solutions--until his retirement in 2011. He worked and lived in San\nFrancisco, Dallas, Washington DC, and Phoenix/Scottsdale. Despite his success, he remained\nunpretentious and always spoke with humility about his good fortune and gratitude for the\nopportunities he had. On July 30, 1994, he married Deborah Sumrall, and together they\ntraveled extensively, enjoying countless adventures around the world.\nDon had a full and rich life. He was endlessly curious, enthusiastic, and interested in people,\nplaces and ideas. Family and friends were always amazed by his broad knowledge and\nunderstanding of a wide variety of topics. With his warm, genuine personality, quick wit, and\nbig smile he easily made a connection with everyone he met. He was an attentive listener and\nmade everyone feel special. Don had a kind heart and generous spirit that he extended to\nfamily and friends. He and Debbie loved outdoor activities--backpacking in the High Sierras,\nhiking the Grand Canyon, trekking in Patagonia, kayaking in Glacier Bay, scuba diving, and\nplaying golf, to name a few. He delighted in fishing, wherever he was in the world, or in the\nfarm pond. Don was an excellent cook who enjoyed sampling and experimenting with new\nrecipes, ingredients and cuisines. No matter where he traveled, his heart was always at the\nfarm; he and Debbie chose to get married there. He loved his frequent farm visits, happily chain\nsawing, doing a variety of projects and home improvements, and sitting around a campfire.\nDon is survived by his wife Debbie, brothers David (Dawn) Bender and Jim (Bonnie) Bender;\nsisters Beckie (Eugene) Martin, Janet Bender, and Nancy (Dan) Stueber; several cousins,\nnephews, a niece, and their children. His passing leaves a huge hole for all who loved him, but\nwe are tremendously grateful for the time we shared with him. A celebration of life will be\nplanned at a future date.\nExpressions of sympathy may be directed to The Springs Historical Society of the Casselman\nValley, P.O. Box 62, Springs, PA 15562.