Brent Albert Sargent passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 9 at his home in Grand Junction, Colo., at the age of 65. personal judgments.
Brent also had a creative and imaginative side, especially when it came to gift giving. Every Christmas, his family would look forward to his idea for the perfect gift: personalized dog tags (in case we were in an accident); a specialized egg cooker; an atomic halogen clock that showed the time on the wall with an outside thermometer; the list goes on. He truly put thought and into his choices.
Brent will be most remembered for his loyalty, commitment and service to his family. He was the main caretaker for both his parents during the latter part of their lives. After that, he made a conscious and continued effort to be an influence and presence in the lives of all he loved. Constantly checking on his nieces and nephews, their lives, their friends, their significant others, their children, and always offering to do what he could to help.
A memorial for Brent will take place on Aug. 10 at 11 a.m. at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Gunnison.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Robert E. Sargent and Marion F. (Saunders) Sargent, and brother, Kevin J. Sargent. He is survived by his sisters, Linda M. (Sargent) Dierks (Gunnison, Colo.,) and Jeanne S. (Sargent) Brown (Grand Junction, Colo.,), nephews Jamie M. Sargent (Parker, Colo.,) and Jarad A. Sargent (Fort Collins, Colo.), nieces Amanda J. Roberts (Gunnison, Colo.,), Lauren M. (Goldman) Israel (Denver, Colo.,) and Lisa H. (Goldman) Osborn of Loveland, Colo., as well as many grand-nephews, cousins and friends.
Brent was born on Aug. 10, 1953 in Fremont, Neb., to Robert and Marion Sargent. The family later settled and grew in Des Moines, Iowa, where Brent earned his diploma from Lincoln Abraham High School. He then joined Linda in Gunnison, Colo., to attend Western State College. One quarter shy of earning his degree, Brent returned home to Des Moines to work at the family business, Sargent Wholesale Feeds.
Meticulous by nature, Brent excelled at accounting and records. He worked as an auditor for a casino in Reno, Nev., assisted his father with the family business, and later in life was in charge of keeping track of his parents’ medications, bills, etc.
Brent lived his life by his terms. He held individuality and personal freedom in high regard. Brent had a solid disdain for compliance and conformity to “the norm.” While many considered Brent cantankerous and grouchy, which he often times was, underneath the gruff exterior was a very intelligent, giving, empathetic man. While his mannerisms and way of living may have been questioned or judged by others, Brent was the last to judge, but the first to lend an understanding ear, or a helpful hand.
Brent had a passion for music, art, entertainment and politics. A long-time card-carrying member of the ACLU, he made no apologies for his beliefs, but was always open to different opinions and reasoning. He craved intellectual political debate and learning, without taking sides or making