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Benjamin Brink

May 30, 1954 - January 13, 2021

Benjamin Brink passed away on the morning of January 13, 2021 after a long fight with type 1 diabetes which led to kidney failure, heart failure and other chronic conditions. Ben was born on May 30, 1954 to Donald and Julia Brink and grew up with his brother, Burt Brink. He is survived by his wife, Ming Brink, and daughter, Zanzan Brink.


Ben earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ohio University and worked as a photographer, photo editor, and videographer at newspapers in Everett, WA, West Palm Beach, FL, Biddeford, ME, Rochester, NY, Norfolk, VA, and St Paul, MN, before settling down in Portland, OR at The Oregonian, where he worked for 25 years. He was passionate about photographing Portland as well as international destinations including the war in Afghanistan, the famine in Kenya, and the Rwandan Genocide just to name a few.


Ben was curious about everything both inside and outside of work, and created close friendships with every community he was a part of. His strong Christian faith allowed him to be a light to others and he frequently volunteered in efforts to help those in need. Ben’s passion, sense of humor, and kind spirit will be missed.


Any words or stories left will be appreciated.


– Ming and Zanzan

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