In Memory

Shawn Bentley

Shawn Bentley

Shawn Bentley started the band "Bentley" in Provo in the late 1970's - early 80's.

Shawn M. Bentley, 41, of Fairfax, Virginia and a Washington, D.C. attorney and lobbyist, died September 29th of cancer at Fairfax Hospital. Mr. Bentley was the loving husband of Becky Daines Bentley and a devoted and loving father to his two daughters, Kathryn and Samantha. In addition to being an accomplished and respected attorney, Mr. Bentley was a gifted guitarist, late-night DJ, and occasional comedian and wit. Mr. Bentley appreciated fine literature and was often found enjoying a good book.

Mr. Bentley was born in St. George, Utah on October 31, 1963 to Marion and De Anna Bentley. Various studies in England enriched his perspective. Mr. Bentley received his bachelor's degree cum laude in English from Brigham Young University in 1987 and then a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1990 where he received the Mulroy Prize for Excellence in Appellate Advocacy. Mr. Bentley worked as an associate at the Dow, Lohnes and Albertson law firm in Washington, D.C. Beginning in 1993, Mr. Bentley worked for nearly ten years in public service with Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) as Chief Intellectual Property Counsel on the Senate Judiciary Committee contributing to important congressional matters involving the Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization (TEACH) Act of 2001, the Satellite Home Viewer Improvement Act, and numerous other important pieces of legislation relating to intellectual property. The "Downwinders" of southern Utah were served by his tireless efforts in their behalf. In 2002, Mr. Bentley became corporate counsel to Time Warner AOL and served as Vice President, Intellectual Property and Global Public Policy until his death.

Mr. Bentley was honored in Washington in April by his colleagues and friends from Capitol Hill at an event to support the family in his battle with Cancer. MPAA CEO Dan Glickman said: "Shawn was a public servant in the greatest sense of the world. His integrity, intelligence, and decency will be missed by all who knew him. My deepest condolences go out to his family." John Schulman, Executive Vice President and General Counsel of Warner Bros. said: "Shawn was an incredibly smart, funny and much loved member of The Time Warner family. He was given all but the gift of time and will be missed."

Mr. Bentley was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints his entire life. From 1982 to 1984, Mr. Bentley served a full-time mission for the Church in Brazil, South America. He also served his Church as Elders Quorum President at time of his passing, but of a lifetime of callings, Shawn treasured most his teaching of the Savior.

Survivors include his wife of 12 years, Becky Daines Bentley, and daughters Kathryn and Samantha Bentley of Fairfax; parents Marion and De Anna Bentley of Provo, Utah; brothers Jared, Chris and Gavin Bentley of Provo, Utah; brothers Justin and Derek Bentley of Los Angeles, California.

The family would appreciate sharing a memorial service at the Provo Tabernacle Monday, October 10 at 11:00 AM (funeral and burial in Fairfax, Virginia, October 6). Those who would like to send flowers are encouraged instead to send contributions to Dixie State College Scholarship Fund in Shawn's name.

Bentley (left to right): Shawn Bentley (lead guitar), Greg Smith (bass), Brett Lovelady (guitar)
Interesting tidbit on Shawn Bently, in 2008 a government Bill was named after him that allows the use of orphaned art and media (unclaimed by copyright owners) that includes the use of audio.  For more information, see