Leonard Kent Ryan
May 25, 1951 – June 5, 2019
Leonard Kent Ryan was born May 25, 1951 at Perrin Air Force Base, Sherman, Texas to Lt. Thomas B. Ryan, a U.S. Air force Flight Instructor (Later airline pilot) and Norma Dee Jones Ryan, natives of Utah. Kent was second of eight children and the Ryan family moved many times around the USA.
Kent graduated from Provo High School (1969) and B.Y.U (1982); filled an LDS Mission in Osaka, Japan (1970-1972); married a Salt Lake Girl, Terrie Lee Davis, 1976 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. Became a High Priest in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and enjoyed serving in the church throughout his life. He had a successful career in the computer technology field in the Dallas, Texas area. As a child Kent loved hunting for lizards and other creatures with siblings on frequent family outings in various canyon areas. He enjoyed fishing artwork, photography, singing and playing guitar.
Kent and Terrie became the parents of five children: Rachel, Nathan, Eric, Nicholas and Jeremy. Nathan was killed in an ATV accident at age 20 in Spanish Fork Canyon while on a family vacation in 1999. The Ryan family and many friends are deeply saddened by Kent’s death from pancreatic cancer on June 5, 2019 in Allen, Texas in the Dallas area-ironically not far from his birthplace.
Kent is survived by his wife Terrie of Allen, TX, children Rachel Hunt (Matt) Cedar City, Utah; Eric (Laura) Houston, TX; Nicholas (Amanda) Arlington, TX; Jeremy, North Dallas, five grandchildren: Ethan and Noah Hunt; Jacob, Tyler and Madison Grace Ryan. Kent’s siblings who survive him: Richard (Tricia); Bruce (Mary Ann); Patty Stone (Greg); Judy Smith (Dan); Mary Lydia (Nick Holt). Also, Mother, Norma Dee Ryan (South Jordan, Utah); step-mother Marilyn Ryan (South Jordan). Also survived by many cousins, aunts and uncles. In addition to Nathan and Kent’s father Tom Ryan, Kent was preceded in death by his sister Wendy Ryan Hatch, Brother Danny Ryan and several uncles and aunts.
We mourn the loss of our dear Kent, but take comfort in knowing of his joy in re-uniting with his son Nathan, departed siblings and grandparents and father, Tom Ryan.
A funeral was held in Allen, TX June 8th and memorial service and burial in salt Lake City (Wasatch Lawn Memorial Park June 15, 2019.)
- Terrie L. Davis, Wife
- Rachel (Matt) Hunt, Daughter
- Nathan Kent Ryan, Son (deceased)
- Eric (Laura) Ryan, Son
- Nicholas (Amanda) Ryan, Son
- Jeremy Ryan, Son
- Ethan Hunt, Grandchild
- Noah Hunt, Grandchild
- Jacob Ryan, Grandchild
- Tyler Ryan, Grandchild
- Madison Ryan, Grandchild
- Eric Nielsen Ryan, Pallbearer
- Nicholas Lee Ryan, Pallbearer
- Jeremy Thomas Ryan, Pallbearer
- Richard Ryan, Pallbearer
- Bruce Ryan, Pallbearer
- James Davis, Pallbearer
- Matt Hunt, Honorary Pallbearer
- Ethan Hunt, Honorary Pallbearer
- Noah Hunt, Honorary Pallbearer
- Tyler Ryan, Honorary Pallbearer
- Jacob Ryan, Honorary Pallbearer
- Dan Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
- Doug Hatch, Honorary Pallbearer
- Nick Holt, Honorary Pallbearer
- Lynn Child, Honorary Pallbearer
- Carl Smith, Honorary Pallbearer
- Roland Weinle, Honorary Pallbearer
- Greg Stone, Honorary Pallbearer
- Memorial Service & Burial Saturday, June 15, 2019
Leonard Kent Ryan
Chad and Dawn Potter
June 8, 2019
Our hearts break for you and your family, Terrie, at the (very quick) passing of Kent. We don’t have all the fun memories so many of our stake friends have of Kent, but we do know he was a good and kind man. He always said hello at church. He always asked Chad how he was doing, and was genuinely concerned about him, which he so greatly appreciated. And now that we know Kent loved lizards, that better explains Chad’s feeling a kinship with him! :) Kent being gone will leave a big hole in our ward family. We’re grateful to know you both, and to have you as examples of people we aspire to be more like. We pray for your peace and comfort at this very difficult time.
June 7, 2019
Kent, my dear friend, is gone. He was one of my best friends since arriving in Allen twenty years ago. We laughed together, mourned our respective losses together, learned and shared experiences of life, work, trials, family experiences, and daily living. I greatly appreciate your being my dear friend and while I know you are happy to be reunited with your son, I mourn your loss and happy and friendly demeanor. We will look after your sweetheart and family. Thank you for having an impact on my life, your service, example, honoring your priesthood and for your leadership.
Love ya brother!
June 6, 2019
Oh my heart. Seeing Kent's picture... How can he just not be here? This is tougher than saying goodbye to my mom in March... I think about all the Ryans all day long, hoping that in the midst of hurt you guys can have moments of peace and joy. So many memories: Kent and the boys knocking over Terrie's couches with gun battles, Garrett and Jeremy building Legos, Lydia (or was it Michaelann) teasing Kent that as his beard turned from red to white "would the end result be PINK?!"
It's just hard to have to wait so long to see him again... Gone too soon.
Love love love from Nan Gardner
June 6, 2019
To Terry and family,
I just heard the news last night and wanted you to know how very sorry we are to hear this. Kent was a wonderful man, a role model, a man of faith, and a great friend. We enjoyed many years together at Fujitsu and shared so many laughs and tears together. May God be with you now and always.