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Kent D. Dickerson

1952 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Kent D. Dickerson Obituary
Dickerson, Kent D.
Kent D. Dickerson died unexpectedly July 7, 2014 in Scottsdale, Arizona of natural causes. He was 61 years old. A memorial service will be held at All Saints Episcopal Church, 6300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, on Saturday, July 12, 2014 at 1pm, where he will rest in the Close among his friends and neighbors. Born November 3, 1952 in Phoenix to Gladys and Ben Dickerson, Kent grew up on Camelback Mountain, exploring the mountain with his friends, riding bikes down the slopes, and delivering newspapers on his go-kart. He attended Hopi Elementary School where he met his wife of thirty-nine years, Linda Sue Dickerson. Kent was fiercely committed to her for life after they first went steady in the eighth grade and shared their first kiss on the mountain. They married on December 21, 1974 and had two sons, Wesley and Ryan. He attended Arcadia High School, graduating in 1970 as Student Body President, and then accompanied Linda Sue to Southern Methodist University, Dallas, Texas, where he studied business and law. Kent was a member of Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, a source of many of his closest and truest friends. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in 1974 and then his Juris Doctorate in 1977. He subsequently joined the State Bar of Texas and established a legal practice in Dallas, concentrating on real estate and general corporate law. A number of his clients extended him offers to join their respective real estate firms, but Kent, always an independent entrepreneur, instead chose to return to Arizona to found and build a real estate development company he named Dickerson & Sons. Kent participated in multiple real estate cycles throughout his career and proudly worked on developments throughout the country until his death. Kent was actively involved in the Episcopal Church and assumed numerous leadership roles within his community, including a position on the board of All Saints Episcopal Day School. He was a member of Paradise Valley Country Club in Arizona and Northwood Country Club in Texas during his life. He loved to golf, play games, cook, work puzzles, ski, fly-fish, and work his gardens, but most of all, he loved talking to and spending time with his family. Kent's family and friends will remember him most for the conduct of his life. He was a uniquely selfless, thoughtful, patient, generous, loyal and caring man of impeccable manners. He was honest and honorable to a fault. He rarely missed an opportunity to support and hold up his family and friends, just as he never forgot to leave his daughters-in-law fresh cut flowers at their bedside or to send his sons articles of interest. He always listened patiently and his sound advice and thoughtful guidance will be missed by many, but especially by his sons, whom he tirelessly mentored and who relied on him always. He gave everything for his family, working tirelessly to provide for them and to give them every opportunity, selflessly serving them until his death. Kent's legacy is his sons and the values he instilled in them. Although his grandchildren will not know him, wherever they go and whatever they do, they will be standing on his shoulders. Recognition and special thanks is given to all the close friends and family that loved Kent and his wife throughout his life. Kent will forever be loved by his wife Linda Sue Dickerson, their two sons: Wesley Heath Dickerson and his wife Shaun-Elizabeth Dickerson of Austin, Texas; Ryan Bass Dickerson and his wife Lindsey Walsh Dickerson of Midland, Texas. He is also survived by two grandsons Oliver Walsh Dickerson and Beau Stuart Dickerson. In addition Kent will be missed by his sister-in-law Judy Marlow, her husband David, and nephews Cole and Christopher; his sister-in-law Sharon Gradwohl, her husband Robert, and nephew Matthew; his sister Karen Dickerson; and father-in-law Malcom Bruce McCroskey. In lieu of flowers, his family asks that you please make a donation in Kent's memory to All Saints Episcopal Day School at 6300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona, 85012. Arrangements entrusted to Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home and Post Scripts by Posey.


Published in The Arizona Republic on July 10, 2014
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