Lakeshore Mortuary


Kent Maurice Monson

March 21, 1943April 17, 2021

Kent Maurice Monson passed away peacefully in his home, surrounded by loved ones, on April 17, 2021 in Mesa, Arizona at the age of 78.

Kent was born on March 21, 1943 in Shelley, Idaho to Laura Gladys (Christensen) and Virgil Lamar Monson. Kent was the 5th of 6 children. The family left Idaho and relocated to Fairfield, California in the late 1950’s. Kent attended Armijo High School and graduated in 1961. Kent met Melinda Chloe Smith while attending Armijo HS. They later married on April 28, 1962.

Kent spent most of his career managing several furniture stores. In 1978, he moved his family to Mesa, Arizona to manage Sally’s Fabrics owned by his Aunt Colleen and Carl Olsen. Kent and Melinda returned to California in 1986 before moving back to Mesa, Arizona in 1996. During his career, Kent was offered and accepted many transfers which provided him the opportunity to live in multiple cities including: Fresno, Modesto, Rancho Cucamonga, Riverside, and Porterville CA. However, Kent’s favorite city was Monterey, CA where he and Melinda enjoyed the ocean views from their home. He loved the natural beauty of the California coastline and nearby cities of Carmel, Big Sur and Pebble Beach.

He also enjoyed spending quality time with his immediate family, most of whom live within several miles of his Mesa, AZ home.

Kent is survived by his wife of nearly 59 years, Melinda Monson; Son Rick Monson and his wife Karla (Berrelleza-Sanchez) Monson; and Son Brett Monson. ~Rick and Karla’s children are Brenna Monson and Gage Monson. ~Brett’s daughters and granddaughters are: Rachel (Monson) and Brock Haney (with daughters Oakley, Sage and Josie); Lauren (Monson) and Ethan Smith (with daughter Jane and baby #2 due 11/2021); Krista (Monson) and Bayley Cook.

He is also survived by his sister, Yvonne Parry-Harris of Salt Lake City, UT and brother M. Chris Monson of Tucson, AZ.

Kent is preceded in death by his brother Carl of Goshen, Idaho, brother Hal Monson of Idaho Falls, Idaho and Sister, Sonja Woodard of Mesa, AZ.


  • Memorial Service

    Saturday, April 24, 2021

  • Reception

    Saturday, April 24, 2021


Kent Maurice Monson

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