Donald Kent

20 July, 193030 August, 2020

Donald Richard Kent, known to friends as "Don”, died peacefully on Sunday, August 30, 2020 at the age of 90 years.

Born as an identical twin to Carmen Kent, and raised near Grenfell, Saskatchewan, Don attended the University of Saskatchewan where he graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Education. After growing up on the farm, this career led him to White Fox school near Nipawin, Saskatchewan, where he met his wife, Elizabeth “Betty” Hein.

In 1959, they were happily married and accepted teaching positions in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, where they spent the next sixteen years. At this time, he also completed his Bachelor of Arts degree via correspondence.

It was during the Prince Albert years he and Betty welcomed daughters Caroline and Katherine into their family. Don practiced as a high school educator at Riverside Collegiate and eventually became a principal in 1975 in Wynyard, Saskatchewan until his retirement in 1986.

Don served on the boards of numerous organizations, including Town Council, Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region Board, Grenfell Museum Board and the Credit Union Board. He was extremely active within the Anglican Church, and often served as an active lay reader when a priest was not available. He became the administrator of St Michaels Anglican Church and served there until he and Betty relocated to Regina in 2018.

Although well decorated and community minded, Don’s proudest accolades were his memories of travelling and driving on the autobahn in Germany, as well as many family road trips, seeing forty seven of fourty eight southern United States by car. He served others for the better part of his ninety years, as a Medical escort, community liaison, and to help others in need. Don loved spending time working in his shop, tending to his beautiful garden, cheering on the Riders and the Green Bay Packers, and reading stories to his grandchildren. He even built a treehouse from the ground up for his grandchildren, who enjoyed it throughout their childhood.

Don was predeceased by both parents, Annie (Amy) Kent & George Kent, an infant brother, William Kent, daughter Caroline Kent, and brother Carmen Kent.

He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Elizabeth (Hein), brother Doug (Eileen) Kent, daughter Katie (Trent), grandchildren Kirsten (Brett) & Megan (Austin) and one great-grandson, Carson. He is fondly remembered by many other relatives and dear friends.

A family graveside service was held in the Grenfell Cemetery, on Thursday, September 3, 2020 at 2:30 p.m. with Anne Marie Macneil officiating.

Donations can be made to the Anglican Arch Diocese of Qu’Appelle at 1501 College Avenue in Regina, @ 306-522-1608 or to the 4B Unit at the Pasqua Hospital in memory of Don Kent. We especially thank the Medicine Unit at the Pasqua Hospital, including Nurses Meghan, Brooke and Naaz, as well as Dr Meena and the Hospitalist team, for their endless compassion and care. We couldn’t have asked for better care if we had provided it ourselves and are so grateful.

We will always remember Don “Opa” Kent, for his dedicated service to the community of Grenfell, and his example of unconditional love, faith & respect for his wife and family. May he find open roads, beautiful scenery and good company with his brother, Carmen, dear friend Alvin, and his sweet daughter Caroline.


  • Family Graveside Service

    Thursday, 3 September , 2020


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Kelly Rodak

5 September 2020

My sincere sympathy to the family of Don Kent. My memories of him was a kind man & an awesome principle. RIP Mr. Kent.

Andrea Hoiseth

5 September 2020

Condolences to the family. He is one of the fondly remembered principals. I am glad he had a long life.

lorraine hanson

3 September 2020

Our deepest sympathy to Betty and all the Kent family.We so enjoyed Don's company and time spent with him.Both Mick and I counted him as a truly fine gentleman friend.He will be missed.

William LALACH

3 September 2020

Bill and Koni Lalach, Wynyard, wish to send condolences to you, Betty, Katie and family at the loss of Don. Don was principal at Wynyard while we were teachers there. We found him very likeable and fair to all. May God grant him his reward and give you the strength to carry on. Pleasant memories.

Debbie Farnden

1 September 2020

Betty, Katie and family
So sorry for your loss.
Hoping you can find Comfort in knowing Don is at Peace.
Here's to family, friends and fond memories.
Take Care

Deborah Rayment

1 September 2020

Betty, we are saddened to hear about Don's passing. Our sincere condolences to you and the family. Don was a special man and he will be missed. I know mom and dad (Eva & Alvin) felt blessed to have Don and you as friends and you both made them feel at home when they moved to Grenfell. I've included a picture of Don and Alvin in their "water buffalo" costumes. I think mom may have had just as much fun creating the costumes as they did wearing them.
Deb & Alf Rayment

Christine madeley

1 September 2020

Our deepest sympathy to all the families. I am chad's aunt, Henri's sister.

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