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Joseph "Kent" Smith Jr.


05/04/1922 - 06/07/2014 Obituary
Kent Smith, 92, met the Lord peacefully on Saturday, June 7, 2014. Kent was born May 4, 1922 in Bakersfield to Dr. Joseph and Betty Smith. As a child, Kent attended local schools and was active in scouting. A highlight for him, in 1936, was attending both the International and National Boy Scout Jamborees in Holland and Washington DC, where he camped at the foot of the Washington Monument.
Kent graduated from Kern County High School in 1940. He went on to study at Menlo Jr. College. Kent achieved his BS from Stanford University. He continued his education by attending the College of Physicians and Surgeons where he received his DDS. From 1950-52, Kent was a Captain in the US Army, serving as a dentist for service men and their families during the occupation of Germany.
Upon returning home, Kent established his dental practice in downtown Bakersfield. He was an active member of the 20-30 Club, a member of both the California and Kern County Dental Society, where he served a President. Kent was a life-long Rotarian, making sure to attend his monthly meetings no matter where he was.
Kent was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Bakersfield where he made many lasting friendships. While attending a singles group there, he met his loving wife Jack Bash. They were married November 4, 1956.
He was blessed with two sons; Glen Alan and Lee Kent. Fond memories for Kent were building a kite with his two boys and flying it for many hours and the vacations they took as a family.
Kent is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jackie Bash Smith; his two sons and their wives, Al and Shelley, and Lee and Cheri; his four grandchildren of whom he was extremely proud, Jennifer Smith and fiance Eric Chen, Bethany Smith, Miles Smith and wife Heather, Bekah Smith; and one great-grandchild, Gabrielle Smith. Kent's family and friends knew him as a gentleman and have been truly blessed to have him in their lives. He was ready to be with the Lord. "Life is a gift from God to be given back to God."
At his request there will be no services. Reflections, memories, and condolences may be expressed at greenlawnmortuaryandcemetery.com.
Published in Bakersfield Californian on June 10, 2014
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