Brent Jack Bell
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Brent Jack Bell, 68, died unexpectedly Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003, at his home. He was born in Rexburg, July 26, 1935, to Stella Jacques Bell and Lamont Dudley Bell.
He graduated from Madison High School in 1953. During high school, he worked for Jerry Garvin at the IdaMont Hotel, and on his ranch, where he first started working with registered Aberdeen Angus cattle, from which he gained his love of ranching.
Brent married Karen Jensen in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple April 20, 1956. They lived in Rexburg for four years and in Hibbard for 43 years, and had celebrated their 47th wedding anniversary this year. They are the parents of six children.
Brent attended Ricks College, where he studied in the agriculture program, and was in the last junior class of 1956.
Brent has been the owner of Bell Builders Supply since 1973. His brother, Sherrill, had founded the business in 1957, and when Sherrill and his wife Lillian were killed in an automobile accident, Brent and Karen had to decide to keep the business going. The death of his brother and sister-in-law deeply affected Brent, as he and Sherrill had been close all of their lives. It was a tragedy from which he never seemed to recover.
Brent has also been a rancher since his marriage, raising registered Aberdeen Angus cattle and registered quarter horses, which he loved, and involved his whole family in. Through his hard work in this, he was awarded the Idaho Grassman of the Year Award.
Brent was active in the community, serving on the Madison Memorial Hospital Board for three years, and on the Madison County Fair Board for two years. He also served as the director and vice-president of the Fremont-Madison Cattlemen's Association. He has served as a director of the Kiwanis Club, and was a member of the Rexburg Rotary Club where he served as director and president.
Brent was also a member of the Ricks College Booster Club. He received the Rexburg JayCees Service Award and the Rexburg Chamber of Commerce Service Award.
Brent served as the county chairman of the Democratic party and as state committeeman for 15 years, and as the Democratic Legislative District Chairman for Fremont-Madison for two years. He received the Outstanding Democrat Award by the Idaho state Democratic Party in Boise, at the Jefferson-Jackson Banquet March 11, 1995, and the Honorary Bonneville County Democrat Award at the Harry Truman Banquet May 6, 2000. Brent also served on the state of Idaho Brand Board for five years, the Idaho Department of Employment Advisory Council for 10 years, the Idaho Water Resources Board for three years, and as deputy of the Saurey-Sommers Canal. He also served with the Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation for Harriman State Park.
An active member of the LDS Church, Brent served as first counselor and second counselor in the Hibbard LDS Ward bishopric for 15 years with Bishop Hugh Parker and Bishop Jack Sommer. He was bishop of the Ricks College 28th LDS Ward for five years, and served on the Rexburg North LDS Stake high council for eight years. He also served twice as the Young
Men's president, Elders Quorum president of both the Hibbard and Plano LDS wards at the same time, and as the high priest group leader. Brent also served as a teacher in the Primary and Sunday School, and as a Scout master. He taught the temple preparation class several times. He always enjoyed his calling as a home teacher, and he was currently serving in the Hibbard LDS 4th Ward as ward clerk with Bishop Kevin Willmore.
Brent loved to travel, and with his wife has been to the Caribbean, twice to Jamaica and to Bermuda, Santa Domingo and Costa Rica. They have been across the United States and to Mexico several times, once with their sons, Bryant and Brett, where they went to the Yucatan Peninsula. They were able to go to Italy with their niece, Paula, and her husband, Varr Snedaker, and twice to Hawaii, once with their son Shayne. Brent and Karen also went on a cruise to Alaska with their son, Bryant, and to England and Switzerland with Bryant and their daughter, Sharla. With his son, Shayne, Brent traveled to Brazil and he took his grandson, Justin, to Aruba.
Brent also loved participating in the Dodge National Finals Rodeo where he sponsored the saddle bronc riding for several years. He loved to snowmobile, ride horses, fly fish, go boating and spend time at his cabin in Island Park.
He enjoyed watching the Utah Jazz games. He loved to work, especially on his ranch with his horses and cattle, but most of all, he loved his family and the church.
Brent is preceded in death by a daughter, Shawna; his parents, and brothers, Sherrill and Lyle Bell.
He is survived by his wife, Karen, and children, Shayne Bell of Salt Lake City, Bryant Bell of Sacramento, Calif., Brett (Rima) Bell, Michelle (Blair) Coates and Sharla (Craig) Ashby, all of Rexburg; grandsons, Justin (Shelli) Bell, Chance Bell, Chase Coates, Phillip Coates, Shon Ashby and Ian Ashby; granddaughters, EraLeigh Bell and Timmerie Bell; and great-granddaughters, Brynn and Addyson Bell, all of Rexburg.
His grandson Chance is serving a mission in Asuncion, Paraguay.
Brent is also survived by his sister, Mary Lee (Edward) Rogan of Des Moines, Iowa; his brother, Garon (Sheryl) Bell of Rexburg and his sister Sandra (Jim) Lund of Aurora, Colorado.
A viewing will be held at Flamm Funeral Home today from 6:30-8:30 p.m. and Thursday at the Hibbard LDS Chapel from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 1 p.m. Interment will be in the Rexburg Cemetery.
Brent was dearly loved by his family and was respected as a leader in the community. He was a friend to all and will be greatly missed.