Kent Lee Kinnaird, 45, died on Thursday, Nov. 2, 2017, from heart complications.

Kent was born at Southside Hospital on March 12, 1972, in Mesa, Arizona, and was a lifelong resident. He graduated from Red Mountain High School in 1990, spent a short time in the U.S. Navy, became a father in 2004, married in 2007, and worked in petroleum maintenance.

Kent enjoyed sports as a youth and throughout his life would reflect upon lessons learned from his coaches. He had an infectious charm about him, which anyone who ever met him could attest. He loved getting together with family and grilling steaks. He enjoyed good conversations, the company of family and friends, and a cold air-conditioned home after a long day of work during hot summers. He loved dipping his hand into a bowl of M&M candies and his mother’s fresh-baked chocolate chip cookies; as a child he most likely consumed more of the cookie dough than the actual cookies. He carried on that tradition and often would bake chocolate chip cookies for Katelyn. Kent was a loyal friend to many, a hard worker, fierce protector of his family and pronounced to his daughter every day that he “loved her to the moon and back.”   

Kent is survived by his wife and daughter, Cindy and Katelyn Kinnaird. He is also survived by his mother and father, Mary and Earl L. Kinnaird; his brother, Bryan J. Kinnaird and family, and his sister, Meribeth Johnson, and her family. He had four nieces and two nephews and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and cherished friends.

Memorial and burial services for Kent were held at 11 a.m., Friday, Nov. 10, at Mountain View Funeral Home & Cemetery in Mesa, Arizona. Bishop Michael Rapier of the LDS church officiated, and Bryan J. Kinnaird eulogized and presented a tribute film celebrating Kent’s life available at https://youtu.be/ehRAHgVTWlY

Services were presided over by Funeral Director Lee Bueler.

Honorary pallbearers; Bryan J. Kinnaird, Earl L. Kinnaird, Derek Blake, David Johnson, Edward O. Stevens, Stephen A. Carson, Jesse Burcham, Roger Bradley