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UW-L student passes away during winter break

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La Crosse, Wisconsin (WXOW) – A University of Wisconsin La Crosse student died Friday while vacationing in Colorado with friends.

Chancellor Joe Gow said Derek Benton, 20, passed away unexpectedly. Benton was studying Sports and Entertainment Management at the University.

Benton's family lives in Green Bay, WI. His parents Jasen Benton and Stacie Witt said Derek was a bright star and lived life to its fullest. He loved the phrase "Carpe Diem" and showed his commitment to seizing the day in the way he lived his life.

"Please keep Derek Benton and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers," said Gow.

For more details about Derek's wonderful spirit and plans for his services please see the following obituary:

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