James C. Gent

August 16, 1944April 11, 2014

James C. Gent Haslett, Michigan

James C. Gent of Haslett, Michigan passed away on Friday April 11, 2014. James was born in Paw Paw, Michigan on August 16, 1944 to the late Charles and Elizabeth (Davis) Gent. He graduated from Bangor High School in 1962 and then went on to get a Bachelor’s of Science at Central Michigan University. He also received a Master’s in Education from Michigan State University. James was an administrator, teacher, and coach for Haslett Public Schools over the course of 43 years. He received the Charles E. Forsythe Award from the Michigan High School Athletic Association and was recognized as State Athletic Director of the Year in 2008.

Surviving to cherish his memory are his wife, Lucinda Gent; daughter, Katie Gent; sons, Edward Gent, Chad Gent and his wife Genna; and their grandchildren, Grace and Charlie Gent.

A memorial service and visitation will be held Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at Haslett High School, 5450 Marsh Road, Haslett, MI. The service will be from 6:00 – 7:00 pm with a visitation with the family to follow immediately after from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

The family will also receive friends for a memorial visitation on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 4:00 to 7:00 pm. At Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing Chapel, 1730 East Grand River Ave., East Lansing, Michigan 48823. Contributions may be made to the American Red Cross, 1800 East Grand River Ave., P.O. Box 30101, Lansing, Michigan 48909.

The family is being served by Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes, East Lansing Chapel. Condolences and memories may be shared with the family at


  • Memorial Visitation Tuesday, April 15, 2014
  • Memorial Service Wednesday, April 16, 2014
  • Memorial Visitation Wednesday, April 16, 2014

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Bob Grimes

April 23, 2014

Was sad to hear about Jamie. Saw him for the first time in 50 years at our 50th HS reunion. We had a great rivalry after high school with him at Central and me at Western. Bob Grimes

Dan Pattison

April 18, 2014

Jamie was a friend, college roommate and fraternity brother. He always looked on the positive side of every moment. While we seldom had contact after college it was alway like we had just been together again. We will all miss his enthusiastic personality.

April 18, 2014

Lucinda and family.
Just a note to say we were sorry to hear about Jamie. I grew up playing ball in the back yard of the Gent home in Bangor with Charlie, Pete and Jamie. Also, kept in touch when he was in Haslett and I was coaching basketball in Portland. He was a good athlete and family guy as I could tell from our conversations when we crossed paths. On more than one occasion I have commented "ya I know Jamie he was from BANGOR." Again sorry for your loss. Don and LeWain Crandall Bangor, Portland, Bonita Springs, Fl

April 17, 2014

We dearly appreciate Jamie's help and patience throughout the years we knew him as Athletic Director. He guided and supported us during the addition of soccer to Haslett High School Athletic program.
Our son,Eric, thoroughly enjoyed working as his aid in the athletic office.
Mike enjoyed playing slow pitch ball with Jamie years earlier when they were sponsored by the old Haslett Pharmacy.
He was one very nice man.

Dan DuByne

April 16, 2014

Mr. Gent,

We'll miss you. You were one of my Pop's best buddies.

Roslyn James

April 16, 2014

May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.

Jim/Barb Mooney

April 16, 2014

Dear Cindy and family. We are so saddened to hear about Jamie. His death is not only a tremendous loss to you and your family but to the many lives he touched...and he touched more than we can know. Our hearts and thoughts are with you.

Marilyn Larson

April 16, 2014

Jamie had a very positive impact on my three children, Malinda, Laura, and Erik. He was a special friend to my son, Erik, during a sad time in his life. Jamie was always there for him. Haslett has lost a really fine gentleman who spent his time make Haslett Public Schools and the community a better place. Thoughts and prayers to the family. Marilyn Doty Larson, Malinda, Laura and Erik

Mike Soltysiak

April 16, 2014

The mid-Michigan athletic and school community has lost an irreplaceable treasure! My deepest sympathies to the Gent Family.

Cami Rapson

April 16, 2014

Jamie was always telling jokes and making me laugh! He will be missed