Kent, Ellis Clark
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Ellis ("Bud") Kent passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at
Sherman Home, on August 17, 2013 at the age of 94. Ellis is survived by his wife of 72 years, Myral R. Kent as well as his son, Donald, daughter Jean; as well as his four grandchildren, one great grandchild and one great-great grandchild, and six nephews and nieces along with six grandnephews and nieces. "Bud" Kent was born on May 27, 1919 in Covina, California, to Winifred and Edward Kent. He has two brothers; Bill and Bob, both of whom predeceased Bud. On July 4, 1938 he met Myral Evans at Big Bear Lake. Bud and Myral were married at Holy Trinity Church in Covina on August 31, 1941. The newly wed couple spent their honeymoon driving to Corvallis, Oregon where Bud was finishing up his degree at Oregon State University. Upon graduation from OSU, Bud was inducted into the Army and served his country during WWII in Europe as part of a medical unit. It was during the Battle of the Bulge that Bud was awarded the Bronze Star for meritorious service in assisting his company to get out from behind enemy lines. Bud and Myral returned to Oregon upon his discharge in 1945; eventually settling back in his native California upon the death of his father in 1952. Over the span of the next several decades, Bud was engaged in the agricultural business, which landed him in San Francisco in the 70's in his company's international headquarters. Bud was an avid golfer and traveler. He and Myral visited countries all over the world. Upon his retirement at age 65, Bud and Myral continued to travel and spent most of their summers camping in the California Mountains. They settled in Arizona in 2004, and were active in their church and golf club. According to his wishes, on September 6, Bud will be buried at the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona following a Memorial Service at Good Shepard of the Hills Episcopal Church in Cave Creek. The family has requested that in lieu of flowers that a donation be made in Bud's honor to
Published in The Arizona Republic on Aug. 25, 2013