BENNETT, Richard G. (1931-1961) [SS#488-30-5538], drowned while skindiving at Santa Catalina Island. He was born in Indiana and was 29 at the time of his death.
In the News~
April 2, 1961 [Long Beach Independent-Press Telegram]: “Skindiver, 31, drowned off Avalon Harbor. Avalon—A 31-year-old man  drowned Saturday while skindiving 15 miles off Avalon harbor. Richard Bennett, 7945 Dahlia Circle, Buena Park, was skindiving off the boat Bommar when the tragedy occurred shortly before 2 p.m. His body was taken to Avalon's Halverson Mortuary pending an autopsy.”
April 6, 1961 [The Catalina Islander]: “Skin diver loses life Saturday. Skin diver Richard Bennett, age 31, met a tragic death beneath the waters off Two Harbors when Bennett and two companions from the boat Dommar were skin diving in the area. He came to the surface for air and yelled for help before he submerged and after five minutes his friends located him and brought him to the surface. He was rushed to Two Harbors, where Doug Bombard attempted to revive him with artificial respiration. Dr. Robert Staff of Avalon and Bob Hanley of Catalina Channel Airlines arrived on the scene, by plane, within ten minutes with a resuscitator. All efforts to revive the diver were fruitless and he was pronounced dead at 1:57 p.m. by Dr. Staff. Bennett is survived by his wife and four small children who reside at 7945 Dahlia Circle, Buena Park. His body was brought to Avalon and turned over to Deputy Sheriff John Windle, who was acting as coroner.”