Lyn was born and raised in Hampstead, London, England, daughter of the (late) Noel and Haydene Benjamin and older sister to her brother David. Lyn grew up in the leafy suburbs of this metropolis. She enjoyed early fame by appearing on the BBC News on Television as a teenager campaigning and lobbying for children to have transport to school. This was to be an early precursor to her dynamism in later life. Growing up in a politically astute environment at home meant she became acquainted with many diverse cultures and countries. Lyn achieved high grades at school and was offered a scholarship to Edinburgh University and negotiated with them before her commencement a years scholarship to Bates College, one of the first trans-Atlantic scholarship programs to be instituted. Lyn gladly took the opportunity to move to the country she had for so long dreamed about. At 17 years of age she moved to the U.S. where she fell in love with living and travelling in remote wilderness areas. She instructed with Outward Bound schools throughout the Northwest U.S., finding inspiration both from the places and the people with whom she worked. After a Middle Fork of the Salmon River trip, she moved to Idaho and taught environmental science and outdoor education with the same passion she explored wild rivers. In particular, her passion for wild rivers and native fish lead her to many years of recreation and professional commitment to stream protection. Graduate education at Utah State University lead to her starting and leading local watershed councils, in particular the Henry's Fork Watershed Council. . These professional experiences culminated in the creation and management of Friends of the Teton River (FTR), a local non-profit watershed based organization. FTR enjoyed great success under Lyn's leadership and the organization became a prominent leader in Eastern and Central Idaho. Lyn will be remembered for her passion and commitment to healthy rivers, innovative research and bridge building between different members of our community. Additionally, she managed to build an extensive network of friends and professional partnerships wherever she went in the world. Lyn will be greatly missed by her mother, Haydene, David and Elaine Benjamin, her niece and nephews Alana, Joshua and Oscar Benjamin, her best friend Sharon Gusa, Jasper and Tot - Lyn's constant companions in a parade of spotted dogs including the (late) Spud and Tater.
In lieu of flowers please make a donation to the Henry's Fork Foundation www.henrysfork.org Henry's Fork Foundation PO Box 550 Ashton, Idaho 83420
In memory of Lyn Benjamin