Dennis Wayne Trent, 86, died February 25, 2022, in Highland, Utah. At the time of his passing, he was surrounded by loving family members. Dennis was born October 17, 1935, in Bend, Oregon to Ila Blanche Strode and Wayne Elbert Trent. As a young man in Bend, Dennis enjoyed participating in Scouting, hunting with his dogs Bil and Ponchol, playing saxophone in the high school marching band, and working at his paper route and in the local Safeway grocery store. While a student at Brigham Young University, Dennis met and married Joyce Taylor on March 18, 1955 in the Salt Lake Temple for time and all eternity. Dennis and Joyce are the parents of seven children: Leslie, Jonathan, Robert, Peter, Heidi, Patrick and James. After several months of marriage, Dennis was called to serve a mission in the East Central States. He served faithfully from 1955-1957. Dennis was one of few missionaries who can boast of being thrown a baby shower, as Joyce was expecting their first child Leslie when he left to begin his missionary service. Dennis was a lifelong active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served as a Bishop, High Councilor, Stake Presidency member, seminary teacher and in many other callings. He enjoyed serving members of his congregation and being a lifetime missionary. He had a great love for the gospel of Jesus Christ and shared his testimony often. Dennis was a trained Virologist and earned multiple degrees: Bachelors from BYU, Masters from BYU and PhD from the University of Oklahoma. Dennis loved his work, and taught or worked at: BYU, University of Texas Medical School, Center for Disease Control, Aventis, Acambis, Sanofi Pasteur, US Food and Drug Administration and University of Texas Medical Branch. Dennis traveled extensively for work, including living all across the US, as well as England and France.
Dennis enjoyed traveling, music, singing, playing the saxophone and clarinet, reading, following BYU sporting events, spending time with family, and indexing.
Dennis is preceded in death by his parents and brother Keith. Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Joyce Taylor Trent; their children Leslie Moody, Jonathan Trent, Robert Trent, Peter (Terra) Trent, Heidi Marquess, Patrick (Meggen) Trent, James (Lisa) Trent; 27 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.
The family is grateful for the care Dennis received while a resident at Highland Glen in Highland, Utah. Bristol Hospice was very attentive to his needs in his last days.
Services for Dennis Trent will be held on Saturday March 5th, at 11:00 AM at Anderson & Sons Lone Peak Chapel, 6141 W 11000 N, Highland, UT. A viewing will be held prior to the service from 9:45 AM to 10:45 AM.
Please share a memory on Dennis’s Tribute Wall at www.AndersonMortuary.com.
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