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Ben Anton Van der Werf

Ben Anton Van der Werf died June 20 at his home in Park City, Utah.

Ben Anton Van der Werf died peacefully on June 20 at his home in Park City, Utah, surrounded by his family. He was 73 years old.

Ben was born in the Netherlands and moved to the United States in 1969 as a transplant surgeon, establishing kidney transplant programs in the Netherlands, Florida and Arizona. He traveled extensively, promoting his ideas for a national health care program. His greatest passion was sailing.

Ben lived in Snowmass Village for the past seven years as a full-time resident and about five years before that part time. He was a much-loved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife, Mieke, of 46 years; daughter Patty; sons Guy, Willem and Quinten; and grandchildren Florence, Ben, Annika, Owen, Tessa, Nicolas and Emma.A memorial service celebrating Ben’s life was held Friday, June 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Park City.

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