Daryl Trent Cash Glazer
Daryl was born July 12, 1961, in Montreal, Canada. He proudly became a US Citizen in 2014, after marrying his husband Chris Yochim, in a relationship that spanned 30 incredible years. Daryl and Chris spent time in Rehoboth and were long-time supporters of CAMP Rehoboth.
In December 1969, when Daryl was eight years old, he stood in the Winners Circle of the famous Hippodrome du Montreal (Blue Bonnets) for the final win of his father’s trotter Poncho Boy. Six months later, Daryl was barrel racing Poncho Boy under saddle at local shows. After completing equine studies at Humber College, he briefly contracted with movie studios, providing horses for the film industry in Canada, while also training and competing in the Hunter Jumper riding circuit.
During his racing career, Daryl was associated with several harness racing stables, first in Canada, followed by a move to Freehold, New Jersey, and the US Racing Circuit in 1990. In 2003, in partnership with his husband Chris, Daryl moved to the Delaware Circuit.
One of his most memorable achievements occurred on a frigid night in January 2010, when their beloved homebred, Early Shirley, set the US record at Dover Downs, beating all the boys. Their proudest achievement came in 2015 when their beloved stallion, Mondello, won the Delaware Sire Stake two-year-old Trotting Final. Daryl and Chris were likely the first LGBT couple ever to own, train, and win this prestigious championship.
Chris and Daryl met at a Sunday Tea Dance at the Raven in New Hope on Columbus Day, 1994. By February they were a couple, with a memorable first date at Garden State Park Race Track in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. The relationship continued and in 2003 Daryl and Chris purchased their farm, Easy Rider Stable, in Parkesburg, Chester County, Pennsylvania. Together, they began a small breeding program that included Standardbred race horses and Warmblood show horses for dressage.
Daryl loved riding and competing in local shows, and his knowledge of pedigree produced many outstanding prospects. Daryl enjoyed mentoring and was a stand-out instructor, helping other equestrians.
After being diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in March 2023, Daryl achieved remission following treatment at Helen Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care. He was then approved to undergo bone marrow transplant at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Unfortunately, he passed away from complications on Thursday, September 28.
In his final hours, Daryl was able to watch his youngest two-year-old Delaware Sire Stakes filly, La Bella Mondello, race at Harrington. He watched with tears of joy and sadness, well aware that all his future dreams would go unfulfilled.
Daryl is survived by his husband of 30 years, Chris Yochim Parkesburg, Pennsylvania; their beloved dogs, Bacchus and Dauphine; and a stable of horses. In this world, very few people have affected so many human and equine lives in such a positive and life-affirming way as Daryl. May his memory be a blessing to all who loved him.
A Celebration of Life will be held Friday, October 27, at Kennett Square Country Club, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friends planning to attend please RSVP to easyriderstable.com.▼
John F. Benton
Unexpectedly, with his husband and life partner, David Briggs, at his side, John passed away after a short illness on September 20, 2023. John, along with David, was a long-time resident of Arlington, Virginia, and Rehoboth Beach, Delaware.
John was born October 24, 1950, in Hopewell, Virginia. Following graduation from the Robins School of Business at the University of Richmond in 1971, with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration and Economics, he relocated to Washington, DC, where he held increasingly senior positions at the Public Health Service, the General Services administration, the Department of the Treasury, and the Internal Revenue Service.
Beginning in 2001, John achieved his career love: working for the Smithsonian Institution. For many years, he was Associate Director for Management and Public Programs at the National Air and Space Museum, retiring in 2013. Following his retirement, he was asked to return to the Smithsonian multiple times, including as Deputy Undersecretary for Finance and Administration for the Institution. In January 2020, he was asked to step in as Interim Associate Director at the National Zoological Park. When COVID struck the following month, he saw his responsibilities radically change to ensuring that the zoo could properly care for and support its varied animal collection. John fully retired at the end of May 2020.
Retirement was never in John’s persona, however. In civic life, he most recently was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Arlington Community Foundation and the Board of Directors of Signature Theatre and was active on the Community Advisory Council of the Arlington Free Clinic, where he had previously been Board chair.
The arts being his passion, John lent his talents and skills to many arts organizations. Over the years, he served on the Boards, in various positions, of the Arlington Commission for the Arts, the Arlington Metropolitan Chorus, the Bowen-McCauley Dance Company, and the Federal City Performing Arts Association (aka Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington).
In 2020, he was appointed by Virginia’s Governor to the Board of the Science Museum of Virginia, where he served until his death as Chair of its Finance Committee.
A proud Spider, his love for his alma mater, the University of Richmond, was unwavering. He served as co-chair of his 50th Anniversary Reunion Committee and was most recently elected to the University’s Alumni Board.
John and David had called Rehoboth Beach their long time get-away place for many years, often welcoming guests to one of their homes for a meal, or as a retreat from the more hectic life of Washington, Richmond, or Boston. John and David have been supporters of CAMP Rehoboth and its mission from its earliest days.
John is survived by his loving husband, David, with whom he shared 45 years as partners and 10 years of marriage; many extended family members; and countless friends, former colleagues, and community members in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, Richmond, and Rehoboth Beach.
Services celebrating John’s life will be held on October 28, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Washington, DC, 1328 16th Street, NW, Washington, DC, and on November 11, 2023, at 2:00 p.m., at River Road Church (Baptist), 8000 River Road, Richmond, Virginia. His ashes will be interred in River Road’s columbarium.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to the “Benton-Briggs Endowed Fund for the Arts” of The Fund for Arlington Arts at the Arlington Community Foundation. The Fund for Arlington Arts was set up by John and David to support and advance the welfare and missions of the nonprofit arts in Arlington. Donations may be made by mail or through the Foundation’s home page at arlcf.org. ▼