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Brent Lawrence DeWitt


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Brent Lawrence DeWitt, 54, of North Sixth Street in Loving, passed away Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012, at his home. There will be no visitation and in keeping with Brent's wishes, cremation has taken place under the direction of West Funeral Home. Condolences may be expressed at westfuneralhomellc.com
Brent DeWitt was born on July 8, 1957, in Chicago, Ill.
Brent started living in Carlsbad in 2002. Before that, he lived on the South Side of Chicago. He was a ward boss in Chicago politics, and worked for 3M. He was a true "Chicago Guy;" the way he talked, the way he loved the Bears and White Sox, and the way he took care of people. When you were his friend, you were "with him." He was proud of his South Side roots. He had a healthy disdain for the North Side in general, with one notable exception. "We'd date their women." But anybody who knows Brent knows he didn't use the word "date."
Brent was known for his gruff exterior. He could make complete sentences out of curse words. They even had a subject and a predicate. His humor was raw and extraordinary. You weren't with Brent long before you realized you were sitting with a true presence. You were with a dynamic man. You were with a real man.
Some would say that his gruff exterior masked a soft interior. There was no mask. The gentle, kind and loving man was there for all to see. He wore his heart on his sleeve. His friends all knew that there was nothing he would not do for them. Strangers who were the recipients of his acts of kindness learned what generosity meant. Brent was the sole proprietor of Multi Maintenance. Many of the elderly understood that they were receiving a gift from Brent as he cared for their homes, and charged them little or nothing. This was done in secret, and never talked about after the job was done. Brent would not hear of it. He could be seen at the end of the work day (starting at dawn or earlier) having a Budweiser at Chili's. When asked if he wanted a Bud Light, Brent would grab his belly and ask, "Does it look like I drink light beer?"
Any waitress at Chili's will tell you that Brent would come by and talk trash, all the time sounding and looking very serious. Then, he couldn't hold it any longer, and that infectious grin would shine through. That was his brilliance. That's what made him bring life to any room.
All the humor revealed the clever mind behind the handsome face. There were few problems Brent couldn't fix. That was because he had a thirst for knowledge and read everything from "Popular Mechanics" to "Mother Earth News." And he used that knowledge to help others. Not with flash or by talking of himself. Brent was too humble for that. But his knowledge was used to make lives richer, happier and better. Today, his family and friends are sad from their great loss, but will always be truly wealthy from the gifts and betterment they received from Brent.
Brent is survived by his children: Jeremiah DeWitt of Shelby, Ind., Antanas Luspinis of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Sylvia Elizabeth Ferguson of Elizabethtown, Ky.; brothers: Rick DeWitt of Tinley Park, Ill., and Vern DeWitt of Highland, Ind.; sisters: Cindy DeWitt of Tempe, Ariz., Vicky Styx of Oak Lawn, Ill., and Nadine Kuhn of Loving, N.M.; and two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his mother, Jeri DeWitt of Loving, N.M.; and brother, Bill DeWitt of Chandler, Ariz.
The family will hold a celebration of Brent's life at 3 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, at the Carlsbad Elks Lodge No. 1558. Anybody who wears a tie will probably have it cut in half.
Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus on Feb. 22, 2012
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