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Gary Lee Lent, 75, a lifelong resident of the Blackfoot area, peacefully passed away on Saturday, June 25, 2016 in Woodland Hills, Utah after a short but courageous battle with cancer.
He loved fishing, hunting, sports, and his many friends, but most of all he loved his family, especially his three daughters, 12 grandchildren, and 12 great grandchildren.
Gary was born on September 7, 1940 to Floyd Robertson and Mary Ina Fackrell Lent at Beck's Hospital in Blackfoot. As a child he worked with his parents and siblings at Floyd's Service, the family business in Thomas, Idaho. He attended schools in Blackfoot, Rockford, and Thomas, before graduating from Snake River High School in 1958. As an 8th grade student at Snake River Jr. High, he participated in the 1954 Deseret News Junior Pentathlon, where he exhibited proficiency in all five Pentathlon events, road jump, high jump, sprint, basketball, and ball put. Placing first, he was awarded the Grand Champion trophy for the Southern Idaho District. 
While in high school, Gary, also known as "Stubs" or "Stubby" by his many friends, participated in various activities and athletics including the Panther Club, choir, photography, track, basketball, baseball and football where, as a sophomore, he replaced his older brother Roger as the starting Quarterback. In addition, as a senior, he was a member of the 1958 Snake River High state basketball championship team. 
Gary attended the University of Idaho in Moscow where, in 1963, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Forestry. During summer breaks, he worked for the U.S. Forest Service in the Bridger-Teton National Forest as a seasonal recreation aide where he cleaned campgrounds, cleared trails, and fought wildland fires in the Teton Wilderness area just south of Yellowstone National Park. After graduation, he was hired to work for the Idaho Fish and Game as a fishery biologist in Salmon. Part of Gary's responsibility was to provide current and historic data on salmon and steelhead passage on the Salmon River as they were starting or ending their 900-mile journey to the ocean.
In the mid 1970s, Gary decided to switch professions, going back to school at Idaho State University. He graduated in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Following his mother Ina's example, he was board-certified as a registered nurse in 1978. Gary worked for a brief time as a nurse at the State Hospital South in Blackfoot. Later, he was hired as a construction nurse at the Idaho National Laboratory on the high desert of eastern Idaho. He enjoyed working at "The Site" and the other employees affectionately called him "Doc". In 1989, he began working as the Director of Nursing at Hillcrest Nursing Home in Pocatello.
Gary married Gloria Gail Agee, his college sweetheart, on June 10, 1963 in Spokane, Washington. Together they had three beautiful daughters – Kari Lynn, Darcy Louise, and Catherine Lorraine. Gary and Gail were later divorced. In 1980 he married Betty Crum Sailer of Blackfoot. They later divorced. And in 1993 he married Justine Williams Nelson. They also divorced.
Gary is survived by his three daughters, Kari (Milan) Malkovich of Woodland Hills, Utah, Darcy Potter of Hayden, Idaho, and Catherine Witham of Coeur d' Alene, Idaho; His 12 grandchildren, Makala Pace, Riley Malkovich, Austin Ackerman, Stanton Smith, Aaron Ackerman, Arik Ackerman, Mariel Malkovich, Larz Lent, McCrea Malkovich, Clarice Malkovich, Alexandria Witham, and Solan Lent; 12 great grandchildren; and his loving siblings, Coleen Hanson and Roger Lent. 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd and Ina Lent, his step-mother, Clara Lent, his brother, Norman Lent; and step-sister, Nola Rekart.
Family and friends are invited to attend a viewing on Thursday, June 30 from 6-8 p.m. at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave., Blackfoot, ID. Funeral Services will be on Friday, July 1 at 11 a.m., with a viewing one hour prior, at the same location. Condolences may be sent to the family online atwww.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on June 30, 2016
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