Paul Brent

Paul Clark Brent

Friday, January 3rd, 1958 - Sunday, March 17th, 2019
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Obituary

Brent, Paul Clark, 61, husband of Carol Marie Brent, née Anderson, of Gilbert, Arizona (formerly Monroe,
Michigan), passed peacefully into the arms of God on March 17th, 2019. Paul was born January 3rd, 1958, in
Dearborn, Michigan, the fourth of four children to the late Walter and Marjorie Brent, née Clarke. He graduated
from Plymouth High School in 1975 and joined the Air National Guard. He served his country as an aircraft
electrician for 10 years in both Michigan (191st Aircraft Electrical Shop, FIG/CAM Squadron, Selfridge Air Base,
1976-1980, 1983-1985) and Arizona (162 Fighter Wing, Tucson International Guard Base, 1980-1983) before
honorably exiting military service. He worked as an aircraft mechanic for Zantop from 1977-1980, then Gates
Lear Jet in Arizona from 1980-1982. He then served proudly as an A&P and IA for Northwest/Delta Air Lines from
1985 until his passing. He was an active member of the Experimental Aircraft Association, chapters 113 and 457,
at one point serving as president of both chapters. Over his 30+ years as an EAA member, he gave innumerable
Young Eagle rides to local children, introducing countless young minds to the joys of aviation in his Aeronca
Chief, Aeronca Champ and Cessna 170. Later in life he became passionate about boating as well, and his
generous and fun-loving spirit led to many shared days with friends and family on Lake Erie and Lake Pleasant
(Arizona). In addition to aviation and boating, Paul was known for his commitment to his family, old friends, good
beer, and bad jokes. Some of his favorite memories were made on the annual Brent Family Canoe Trip, which
was a raucous and joyous combination of all of the above.
Paul married his second wife in 1986, and they had three children who were his pride and joy. Graduates of St.
Patrick’s in Carleton and Saint Mary Catholic Central in Monroe, his kids remember him as an active, involved
and supportive father who never missed a track meet, volleyball game or basketball game. He was divorced in
2010 and reunited with his high school sweetheart in 2014. They married in January 2015 and moved to Phoenix,
Arizona.
He was diagnosed with a Grade 4 Glioblastoma Multiforme on October 6th, 2017, and underwent surgical
resection, chemotherapy and radiation. He was blessed with good function for almost 15 months before passing
on to Heaven. He was survived by his wife, Carol Marie Brent; his three children, David (Christine) Brent of Ann
Arbor, MI, Joshua (Hillary) Brent of Atlanta, GA, and Sarah (Matt) Brent of Ann Arbor, MI; his grandchildren,
Collin Paul and Oliver Clark; many step-children and step-grandchildren; his siblings, Judith Sayre of Tucson, AZ,
Diane (Walter) Sobota of Troy, MI, and Robert (Kathy) Brent of Lake Orion; many nieces and nephews; and
innumerable friends.
A formal memorial service will be celebrated on Friday, April 5th at 10:00am at the First Baptist Church of Tempe,
4525 South McClintock Drive, Tempe, Arizona, 85282. Pastor Roger Ball will be the celebrant. Flowers may be
sent to Falconer Funeral Home, 251 West Juniper, Gilbert, Arizona, 85233. Donations to the American Brain
Tumor Association, 8550 West Bryn Mawr Avenue, Suite 550, Chicago, Illinois, 60631, will also be accepted. For
those unable to travel, an informal celebration gathering will be held on March 30th from 12p-5p at the Monroe
Boat Club, 7932 North Harbor Drive, Monroe, Michigan. No flowers will be accepted at that time, although online
donations to ABTA will be open.
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    Friday, April 5th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, April 5th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    First Baptist Church of Tempe

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Susan D Marr

Posted at 09:59am
Remembering you and Paul in our thoughts and in our hearts. Covering you always in our prayers. Lovingly, the "Circle" and the "Birthday Club"
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Marty

Posted at 09:39am
I am so sorry for your loss. May the words of our loving heavenly Father bring your family comfort and strength during this most difficult time as He promises to bring our loved ones back to life in a perfect world where there will be no more suffering or death (John 5:28-29 & Revelation 21:4).
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Rob Smith

Posted at 02:22pm
Paul was a great guy with a wonderful sense of humor and fun to be around. You guys made a fantastic couple! You had such beautiful happiness together, the joy was tangible. We are happy we had the good fortune to meet and spend time with you and Paul. Our deepest condolences and thoughts are with you.
Love you!
Rob & Cinzia
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Susan Marr

Posted at 07:36pm
Dale and I were blessed to know Paul. He had a passion for life and lived it to the fullest! He had a passion for our dear friend Carol and his and her family. He had a passion for the Lord and it is because of this that we know with certainty that he is whole and dancing in heaven and we will see him again. While the last several months were hard, Paul and Carol faced each day with grace and dignity and confidence that the Lord would see them through each day. All our love and support!

Milton Campbell

Posted at 12:41pm
Sorry for your loss. May the family find comfort through prayerful reliance on Jehovah, the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He invites you all to throw your burdens on him and he will sustain you in this time of grief, because he cares for you. 2 Corinthians 1:3, 4; Psalms 55:22.
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