He attended Blanding Elementary and graduated from San Juan High School in 1957. He was a captain of the football team. He excelled in math. He worked for a short time in Kansas.
From a very young age the love of his life was trucks. He served his country for two years in the military and received several honors as a truck driver in the army.
Kent met Eva Marie Zumpfe in Germany. They were married on July 16, l965 in Blanding, UT. They lived in several locations, the latest being Mexico where Kent was often mistaken as a native because of his dark complexion.
While in Mexico, Eve died of heart failure. Upon her death, Kent returned to live in Blanding.
Kent spent many years on the road. He traveled all over the United States.
He worked for several trucking companies, but he was endeared to those at Godfrey Trucking Company, where he was employed for many years.
He enjoyed doing crossword puzzles, playing Scrabble, beading, and doing leatherwork. He loved to learn. He spent many hours reading and searching the internet to learn new things.
In 1991, Kent had massive brain surgery due to HHT, a hereditary blood disorder. He was left partially paralyzed on his right side. With will and determination, he learned to walk again, feed himself and write with his left hand.
He learned to drive his car, continue with his handiwork and lead an active life. He enjoyed being in the hills and mountains and visiting with his family.
Kent is preceded in death by his parents; his brother Jay; his wife Eve, and her parents.
He is survived by his brothers Jack (Elaine) Palmer and Ned (Marilyn) Palmer; sisters Lynda (Don) Sparling and Lurlene (Dennis) Gutke; as well as his German brothers and sisters-in-law Clemens (Sigi) Zumpfe, Roswitha (Johannes) Inge and Monika.
Numerous nieces, nephews and cousins in the USA and Germany will greatly miss him.
Services for Kent will be held at the Mount Calvary Cemetery, 275 U St., Salt Lake City, UT, on Saturday, October 11, at noon.