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1943 ~ 2013
Ernest Kent Simkins aka "EK" passed away on July 28, 2013. Kent faced cancer with grace and humor.
Kent was born on August 13, 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Genevieve Blaney Simkins and Ernest Charles Simkins. Kent was raised in Copperton, Utah and graduated from Bingham High School in 1961. He attended the University of Utah before joining Shulsen-Dillon Athletic Supply, where he began his professional sales career. He then represented Miracle Recreation Equipment Company and The Golf Card, where he retired in 1998. Kent celebrated "Sunday Breakfasts" with his Navy buddies and enjoyed rounds of golf with his lifelong friends.
Kent served proudly in the
United States Navy
for twenty six years serving in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm, where he was awarded a Naval Meritorious Service Medal. He was a career Sales Person selling what he loved, sporting goods and playground equipment.
Kent was meticulous. From tracking exact gas mileage to calculating his average puzzle solve times, he always had "the stats". He loved good jokes and was a captivating storyteller. He was an avid sports fan.
Kent is survived by, sons James Thomas "JT" Simkins (Hollie), Denim Simkins (Carma), His sisters Denny (Norman) Carlisle, Dorothy (Bert) Dart and Kathy (Tom) Rabb. He adored his grandchildren Brittney, Brianna (James) Radke, Danielle and Gabrielle, and great-grandchildren Rylie and Makaila. Kent loved his nieces & nephews and time he spent time with them.
We want to thank his caregivers at the VA Hospital and Huntsman Cancer Institute. Kent wanted us to specifically thank his palliative care team of Dr. Kay and Robbie and his oncologist Dr. Sam.
Services will be held at the Utah Veterans Cemetery and Memorial Park. 17111 South Camp Williams Road. A viewing will be held Wednesday, July 31st at 1:00 p.m. with the funeral starting at 2:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Salt Lake Veterans Hospital (palliative care room) Online condolences at
Published in Salt Lake Tribune from July 30 to July 31, 2013
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