2022 TUSTIN AREA MAN OF THE YEAR: Kurt Bensworth

Kurt Bensworth

Kurt is a long-term Tustinite who has a sincere devotion and concern for the Tustin community. The 1978 Tustin High School graduate champions collaboration with many Tustin organizations and has fostered real synergy to help the entire community.

Kurt has been an indispensable volunteer with the American Legion, Tustin Post 227. He is the founding member and Commander of the Sons of the American Legion, Squadron 227, and since 2019, has served as the post’s financial officer.

Other community involvement includes serving as a docent at the Tustin Museum, board member and treasurer for the Tustin Area Historical Society, co-chair of the Tustin Museum Revitalization Committee, member of the Tustin Pride Committee and supporter of the “Friends Serving Seniors” food delivery program.

Kurt has been a member of the Tustin Host Lions Club since 2019, currently serving as its president. As a Lions Club member, he has participated in the Tustin Chili Cook-off, Tustin Police Department Hero’s Luncheon and Tustin Tiller Days. He has also served as MD4 CA Lions Student Speaker Contest co-chair and is the recipient of the 2022 Lions International Presidents Award and 2022 Lions Melvin Jones Award.

Kurt has also been actively involved with the Tustin Community Foundation’s (TCF) annual Paper Football Challenge. He wrote and established its rules and regulations, and has enjoyed his role as commissioner of the event for the past several years.

For his ongoing volunteer work, Kurt was recognized twice as TCF’s Superhero of Tustin in 2019 and 2021. He and his wife Sandra are the parents of son Reef and daughter Keena.

Nominated by Tustin Host Lions Club; A.J. (Tony] Coco, 1976 Tustin Man of the Year; and Angie Kardashian, 1993 Tustin Woman of the Year

Tyron Jackson (Nominated by Laurie Abelove, 2015 Tustin Woman of the Year, and Robert Machado, 2016 Tustin Man of the Year)