Frank Benson was born and raised in the Hewitt Landing District, north of Lloydminster. He attended Blackrock country school and worked on the farm until 1952. His career in the oil industry began in 1952 as an equipment operator building leases and roads. From August, 1952 to August, 1954, Benson hauled oil and asphalt for Crude Cruiser before working a short while for C.P. Ross on a service rig.
Following that Benson started work with Dowell of Canada. He progressed from truck driver through to station manager, working in many areas including Drayton Valley, Dawson Creek, Fort St. John, and then back to Lloydminster. After 24 year's with Dowell of Canada, he decided to leave and, with partners Walter and Roy Penny, started Trican Oilwell Service Co. Ltd.
From 1979 to 1983, Frank worked with Trican providing cementing, acidizing, and tool service to the oil industry. In December of 1983, he sold out his interest and decided to retire. Since that time, he has done some consulting on drilling and completing well's for Lasmo Exploration.
Benson married his wife Georgina on June 2, 1954, and they have three boys: Neal, Craig, and Dale.
Benson is a past member of the Oilfield Technical Society in Fort St. John, B.C. He was a member. of' the executive of Lloyd Golf & Country Club, served on minor hockey executives, as well as the Lloydminster Oilmen's Bonspiel committee. His hobbies include golfing, cross country skiing, hunting, fishing and travel.