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Meet Ben Ewell

Today we’d like to introduce you to Ben Ewell.

Hi, so excited to have you with us today. What can you tell us about your story?
The book I have written “Sunday afternoons and other times remembered” is a memoir of my life’ experience including times of both tragedy and happiness. The book’s first chapter is “murder on Easter Sunday” which details the murder of my brother Dale, his wife, my sister in law and their daughter my 24 year old niece. Through the pages of this first chapter are the details of the murder investigation, the arrest of the participants including my nephew, dales own son, and the conviction of those responsible.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
At times when I was experiencing what I refer to as the perfect storm of the family murder, the death of my dad in a fire and raising my two sons under a court custody order that gave that role to me instead of their mother I certainly felt the struggle that life can bring. But with perseverance I kept going. During the later smoother times of remarriage and becoming the father of three more sons   a successful law practice and business career I have been able to live and experience better times. I have also felt the call to help others through community projects and working with those who are less fortunate.

Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
I specialized in water rights law. This is important in California, a state with a dry desert like climate with little rain at least in the area where most of the people live. This was a different world from where I grew up in Ohio where we just relied on the rain and weather. In addition to law I have developed residential and commercial projects on land I owned and for others. I built the Brighton crest golf course and country club near Fresno, California designed by golf legend Johnny miller and named it after my little hometown of Brighton, Ohio.

Can you talk to us a bit about happiness and what makes you happy?
Happiness is for the most part in the mind and not necessarily your physical surroundings. Depending on the tough times you have been through happiness can be found in the smallest of events. Above all I am the happiest around my family especially because of what I have been through in the loss of family. I also am happy when at our ranch in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. I agreed to place several hundred acres of the ranch and the creek through it in a preserve to protect I from development and named it the Austin& Mary Ewell preserve after my parents although they never lived to see the beauty of the preserve.

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