Kent Droesbeke

Passed away on May 2, 2019

Kent Droesbeke, 68 years old, died unexpectedly on May 2, 2019 at his home in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Kent had been having bouts of dizziness that caused him to fall frequently. It has not yet been determined what ultimately caused his death.

Kent was born April 14, 1951 in Ogden, Utah to Firman and Loretta (Butler) Droesbeke. He was the youngest of their 5 children. He attended Ogden High School, and graduated from Weber State University with a degree in Electrical Engineering. Kent was very knowledgeable on many topics. His friends and family constantly turned to him for trusted advice. Kent was extremely helpful and very generous. He will be greatly missed by all who knew and loved him.

Kent worked at Eaton-Kenway before going to work at Evans and Sutherland where he worked for the rest of his career. He made many lifelong friends at E&S.

Kent and his wife, Kristine Olson Hill, enjoyed their retirement - splitting time between their homes in Las Vegas, NV, West Valley City, UT, and Tollgate, UT. They enjoyed travelling in their RV, boating at Lake Powell and Flaming Gorge, and off-roading in their Razor.

He is survived by his wife, Kristine Olson Hill, children Heather and Michael, son-in-law and great friend Mel Tucker, step-children Jon Hoffman, Eric Hill, and Jessica Hill. Kent loved his grandchildren, Kenneth and Kaley Tucker, Delisia and Corbin Droesbeke, Michael, Cindy, and Kristine Hoffman, Jason Ray, Dylon, Alyssa, Kylee, and Allivia Hill, and pets, Zoe and Bounce.

Everyone who knew Kent, knew he wouldn’t want a fuss or any fan-fare. But we can’t let his passing go without the opportunity to gather and remember our dear friend, husband, father, grandfather, and brother. We will meet at Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home on Monday, May 13, 2019 from 6-8pm. This will be a casual gathering of friends and family to say goodbye to our dear friend and to share memories with each other.

Please join us at Valley View Memorial Park and Funeral Home, 4335 W. 4100 S., West Valley City, UT.


  • Memorial Service Monday, May 13, 2019


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Jerry Williams

May 19, 2019

I worked a lot with Kent at E&S ,he taught me a lot of things. I enjoyed working with him. I will miss him. Condolences to all the friends and family.

Dick Hoopes

May 12, 2019

I worked with Kent for many years at E&S. He was very good at finding solutions to electronics problems. He had methods all his own but they worked. I remember one end of quarter crunch when a system needed to ship and wasn't working yet. Everyone was frustrated. Kris Hill came down to the test area and asked if she could get him anything. Kent gave her a part number. She came back a short time later and punched him in the arm and said, "That was an upper level part number for a whole new system." We all had a good laugh that relieved some of the tension. The system did ship on time.

Kent was free with advice on many non work items. Many came to his house on Saturday for help changing brakes and cv joints. I still track my stock portfolio the way Kent taught me. I used to post the performance of the E&S 401K stocks.

Kent had a kind non-judgmental way of sharing advice on life's problems. He had many experiences to draw from. Not all of them were good but he had learned and wanted others to have an easier path.

I have only fond memories of Kent.

Gary Starr

May 12, 2019

I am so sorry to hear about Kent's passing. He was a good friend and a wonderful colleague at Evans & Sutherland during our years together there. He always had a smile and a friendly greeting and was always eager to help anyone who needed it. I will miss him at our annual reunions. May the Lord bless Kris and his family.

Laurie Kern

May 11, 2019

Kent and Kris were our best friends, we went vacationing, camping and playing on the rv's many times with them. We will dearly miss those times and having Kent around to have fun with. We loved Kent and are still in shock from losing him so suddenly. Kris he loved you dearly.
Rest in peace dear friend life will not be the same without you.
Jake and Laurie

Dennis & Gina Tomasello

May 11, 2019

We are very sorry to hear about Kent’s passing. It was a pleasure to have him as our neighbor, in Las Vegas.

Claudia Johnson

May 9, 2019

I loved working with Kent. He never said it couldn't be done, but lets see what we can do to meet your needs. He loved people, was always happy and fun to be around at work or meeting him at Market Square - finding treasures to purchase. So sorry for his loss to us and his family. May you be comforted knowing how much he loved his family.

Ron Walker

May 9, 2019

Kent was a super bright guy and I loved working with him at E&S. His sense of humor was witty and funny. I liked him a lot. Condolences to all the friends and family. He will be missed.

Craig Johnson

May 9, 2019

Kent and I were childhood friends almost like brothers. He was with me when I rolled my Jeep over on us. He was a good man and true friend.