1945 ~ 2016
Brenton Gayle Yorgason, age 71, was surrounded by family as he passed away on the 28th of October 2016 from Parkinson's with Lewy Body Dementia. He had a full and joyous life and was loved by many.
He was born May 25, 1945 in Mt. Pleasant, UT to Gayle and Beatrice Yorgason (siblings: Judy, Blaine, Valerie, Greg, Marilynn and Gary). Brent grew up in Nephi and Provo, UT. In high school he was business manager, on the track team and co-captain of the football team. He graduated from historic BY High, and then served his mission in Florida and Puerto Rico.
Brent attended BYU where he met "the love of his life," Margaret Yates. They had a whirlwind courtship and married in the Manti Temple. Soon after he was activated in the Army and sent to Vietnam where he was awarded the distinctive "Soldier of the Month." While there, he was set apart as a special missionary and taught the gospel to many comrades. Returning home to his sweetheart he completed his Bachelor's, Masters, and PhD in Family Science with a minor in Marriage and Family Therapy. He spent several years teaching Seminary, and taught in the Family Science department at BYU. His greatest love was teaching the youth of the church. His training enabled him to counsel and coach countless people through difficult times. He was never too busy to respond to the needs of others. He served as Bishop twice and as 1st counselor in the Sandy Granite Stake Presidency.
Brent was most well-known as a prolific author and renowned speaker. He wrote and published 105 books, over 40 of which were biographies. He enjoyed writing many books with his brother Blaine. The paintings they did together were used as the cover of many of their books. He loved to include others as co-authors, especially his wife Margaret as they laughed, wept and worked together. He spoke nationally to a wide audience and loved meeting people wherever he went, inspiring others to become their best self.
A self-proclaimed workaholic, he had an entrepreneurial spirit and started many companies, from bookstores to real estate to movie production. He loved reading biographies of the greats, almost as much as he loved writing them. One of his greatest joys was reading in the quiet pre-dawn hours. As an Eagle Scout himself, he had his own Eagle's Nest with his seven sons. Proud of his service as a veteran, he was a true patriot to his country. He proved to be a die-hard cougar fan, serving as National Cougar Club President.
In recent years, he fought Lewy Body Dementia or as Margaret describes it "our battle with Lewy!" Even amidst this struggle, he continued to lift others with his unpredictable humor.
Brent will be greatly missed by his wife Margaret, his 9 children: Jason (Beth), Aaron (Susan), Jeremy (Cheri), Joshua (Elena), Jen (Paul Thatcher), Don (Teresa), Dave (Holly), Jordan (Marianne), and Angela (Joseph Higbee), his 39 grandchildren, and by his car which he endearingly named "The Holy Cow".
We express deep gratitude to Brent's caregivers and comrades at the Central Utah VA Home in Payson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday November 5, 2016 at the LDS Chapel located at 1550 S. 1100 W. Lehi, UT. A Viewing will be held Friday evening from 6-8 p.m. at the same church and Saturday prior to services from 9-10:45 a.m. Internment will be in the Yorgason Family Cemetery, Fountain Green, UT at 3:15 p.m. Funeral Directors, Anderson Funeral Home Nephi, UT www.andersonfh1866.com