Oct. 26, 2017
Verden Dent of Fountain Green died Oct. 23, 2017. He was born Dec. 3, 1942.
One of the hardest working people you would ever meet, Verden worked from sun-up to sundown. He ran his own painting and wall paper business for many years. This was often side work performed after his regular job.
He was a dedicated employee, and poured himself into his work. Lewiston City and Utah Power and Light benefitted from his loyalty. His work ethic was recognized as he moved progressively to better and better positions. He was always looking up at power poles and transformers wherever he went. He taught his children to conquer any task and stick with it until completed.
Fatherhood was uppermost on his mind. Every action in his life was for the betterment of his children. He was deliberate and focused in the lessons and values he desired for each of his children. He often said, “If you see something that needs to be done, then do it,” and encouraged his children to jump right in.
“He was always around whether we wanted him there or not. He was thoughtful and meticulous, and he taught us skills and morals in every task. He had a tender spot for his parents, but especially his two sweet mothers,” one child said.
A pillar of strength and wisdom, he shared himself with his family completely. He relied heavily on the scriptures and could often be found seeking knowledge and guidance in their pages, and his scriptures were often by his side.
His testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ, and his willingness to serve his family and fellow man were huge parts of his character. He loved to share his testimony with his magnificent voice. He accepted many challenging callings and served with deep commitment and love.
He served a faithful LDS Mission to San Paulo, Brazil 1962-1965, and fell in love with the Portuguese language. He was often called to serve the youth of the church and felt a deep desire to bring them to Christ.
He always had the goal of returning to his Heavenly Father’s loving arms upmost in his mind and heart. He strove daily to live with exactness and to be found worthy to enter into his Father’s kingdom. There is no doubt he has achieved this and is with his Father in Heaven now.
He was blessed with a fine companion who loved and respected him.
After a lifetime of love, mom and dad celebrated their 51st wedding anniversary this year. He showered her with gifts as often as he could. True partners, they talked about everything and planned together constantly.
Wherever dad lived, he was engaged in his community. From helping with Youth City Council meetings to scrambling eggs at Lions Club functions he wanted to better the world around him.
He loved working at the temple. His family saw him deepen his patience, compassion and tenderness. He cherished the closeness he felt to his sweet Christine when they served together. He desired to serve the Lord to the best of his ability, never cutting corners or doing part of a job.
His favorite places to be were in the garden, at the dinner table with mom’s good cooking, and in the temple. His family rarely remembered a time when he didn’t plant petunias or grow vegetables a plenty. He loved to grow things, and his gardens were beautifully maintained and meticulously nurtured. His life was spent performing the wonderful work of growing gardens, people, family and testimony.
He is preceded in death by his father, George Earl; mothers, Naomi Rose and Naomi Grace; and his sisters Earleen and Janice.
He is survived by his cherished wife, Christine; children Kevin (Wendy); Michelle (Kevin); Emily (Aaron); Richard (Tricia); Laura (Ken); Aaron (Rachel), and Christal; brothers David (Jody); Dennis (Kathy); Craig (Ann), and 23 grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday, Oct. 26 at the Fountain Green Chapel, 151 S. 200 W. with the viewing from 10-11:30 a.m., and funeral beginning at noon.
Interment will be at the Lewiston City Cemetery (Cache County), Friday, Oct. 17 at noon.
Funeral directors Rasmussen Mortuary, Mt. Pleasant.