Kent Smith Broadhead

Civil Engineer, Church Leader,
One of the Founders and Volunteers of the BYH Website

Kent S Broadhead, BYH Class of 1949

Kent S Broadhead, BYH Class of 1949

Brigham Young High School
Class of 1949

Kent S. Broadhead was a distinguished member of the Brigham Young High School Class of 1949. He played guard on the 1948 basketball team that won the State Class B championship. Nickname: Kent "No Shoot" Broadhead, because he would pass off brilliantly rather than take a shot. He was considered the sparkplug of the team.

He also participated in Football, Band, Chorus, and Opera. He graduated from BYH on May 26, 1949.

Kent Smith Broadhead was born June 29, 1931 in Rupert Idaho to Spencer and Jocie Broadhead. He was the third oldest of four children: Stirling (BYH '47), Don, and John (BYH '46). He was raised in Rupert, Idaho, and Provo, Utah.

Kent first married Janice Val Anderson, a classmate in the BYH Class of 1949, on July 10, 1953. Janice's parents were Hyrum S. Anderson and Valentine Larsen Anderson. Janice was born on January 30, 1931, in Fairview, Utah. She died on August 29, 1963, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her interment, Provo City Cemetery.

Kent second married Betty Jean Daniels Burnside. Betty was born April 3, 1929 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, daughter of Charles H. and Alice H. Andersen Daniels. She attended school in Eureka, Utah and North Sanpete High School, Mt. Pleasant, Utah, graduating in 1947. She first married Bernard Burnside in 1953; he died in 1960. She married Kent S. Broadhead on October 1, 1966 in Ely, Nevada; married for time and eternity in the Jordan River Temple September 10, 1997. Betty Jean Daniels Burnside Broadhead died peacefully Tuesday, May 11, 2010, surrounded by her family. She had fought a courageous battle against emphysema for five years.

(See photo of Kent and Betty and friends.)

Kent deserves immense credit for pioneering, enhancing and supporting this Brigham Young Academy / Brigham Young University High School website, and for acting as a guardian angel for the BYH alumni of his generation. He organized many reunions for his beloved Class of 1949.

He enlisted in the United States Army in 1950 and was honorably discharged in 1952 after serving as an engineer and artillery spotter in the Korean War.

Upon his return he enrolled at BYU, then transferred to the University of Utah, where he finished his BS in Civil Engineering.

He began his engineering career with the Salt Lake City Street Department, later moving to Salt Lake County and finishing his career as the chief field engineer.

Not being one to sit still, he began a second career working for American Express and Fidelity Investments.

Betty passed away in May of 2010. He was sealed to both Janice and Betty on July 10, 1997, in the Jordan River Temple.

Kent was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and Betty served in many capacities including the Scouting program.

A highlight for them was serving in the Singapore Mission, primarily in East Malaysia, from February 1999 to July 2000.

He also served as a stake high counselor and ward executive secretary while living in the Jordan 4th ward. For many years he was a faithful home teacher and minister.

After growing up during the Great Depression, Kent was frugal, but he was very generous and quietly donated to those in whom he saw a need. He instilled values in all those he came in contact with and leaves a remarkable legacy behind.

You couldn't leave his house without enjoying a handful of Reece's peanut butter cups and a cold soda. He greatly enjoyed giving tomatoes every year to friends and ward members from the garden he and his children and grandchildren worked.

Kent had many cherished visits and spent time with those he loved during his later years in life. He was always up for a trip to Chuck-A-Rama for a bowl of soup, Burger King for a Whopper, Denny's for syrup with a side of pancake, or simply spending time with friends playing cribbage or enjoying a good Jazz game.

He had an incredibly analytical mind and challenged his grandkids to think through their math homework, even pulling out his slide rule to teach them the "why" behind solving a problem.

He enjoyed working on his computer and was amazed at the things his grandkids could find and tell him about on their "machines."

Kent is survived by his children: Craig (Janet) Broadhead; Ralynn (Bob - deceased) Buttars; Charles (Sandy - deceased) Burnside; and Bret Burnside; 14 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild, and Charles (Dad's/Grandpa's) sweetie, Mary Dearth.

Kent passed away peacefully in his home on April 15, 2022 of natural causes.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, April 19, 2022, at the Jordan 4th Ward, 3676 West 4700 South, West Valley City. Interment, Provo City Cemetery, 610 S State St, Provo, Utah.

The family suggests donations to the Huntington's Disease Society of America - Utah Chapter, the Perpetual Education Fund, or a charity of your choice.

[Published by McDougal Funeral Home on April 16, 2022.]

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