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April 4, 1955 - June 18, 2022
Funeral Home Russon Mortuary Bountiful
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Brent was a friend and someone I was blessed to work with in the building of the Kingdom of God on earth. He brought such a warm, friendly demeanor to his calling as bishop. His sense of humor from the pulpit was also unforgettable; I remember him drawing on his engineering experience and patiently explaining to ward members the difference between cement and concrete. And remembering in his prayers to thank God for the wise people that came up with a way to store water in reservoirs for times of need. I'll miss Brent during my remaining time here on earth and look forward with great anticipation to seeing him again in the next stage of existence.
Posted by John Wainwright on July 7, 2022
To the Rhees family: We were so sorry to hear of Brent's untimely passing. We worked with Brent for many years on Reclamation issues, and it was a pleasure to work with someone who was fair, straightforward, and always had a kind word and a joke or pun. Our condolences to Karen and the entire family and extended family.
Posted by Leslie James, CREDA on June 30, 2022
To Sis. Rhees: When Sister Hale and I heard the news of Brent's passing we were taken back. He was so full of life and kindness. We never knew him any other way. May the Lord's blessings be with you and your dear family. With our sympathy and love, Elder Bruce Hale and Sister Christine Hale, Florida Jacksonville Mission; Tallahassee Temple Construction Site.
Posted by Bruce & Christine Hale on June 27, 2022
Brent is the finest man I have ever met and been acquainted. I never saw him trying to get into the limelight. While standing in the background, he was always willing to step up if the situation called for it. And when he did, it was always with positive energy, love and concern. The best example of Brent is the story of Ammon. When Ammon first met Lamoni, the king invited Ammon to a place of recognition and honor. Ammon declined explaining that he was there to be a servant. When doing what servants do, when the task became difficult, he didn’t shy away. He rose to the occasion faced the challenge head on, inserted himself and saved the king’s flock. When Lamoni’s servants told the king of the heroic actions of Ammon, the King asked where Lamoni was. Lamoni was in stables “doing all that Lamoni had asked ”. Ammon wasn’t declaring his heroic service. Ammon didn’t think his success put him above doing the rest of his assignments. And he didn’t feel he was entitled to be doing something better. He was cleaning the stables, even shoveling manure without any concern of declaring himself. Ammon showed humility, responsibility, and dependability. Brent was the modern-day Ammon. The story of Ammon and Lamoni became alive in the life of Brent. I am not aware that any street, building, or a park that has been or will be named after Brent. Bren’s legacy is much better than any of those. His legacy is in the lives of all of his children. They have all followed in his footsteps. Brent through is family has an eternal legacy.
Posted by William Reeder on June 26, 2022
I'm one of Brent's nephews. Uncle Brent was an absolute joy to be around, a rare and amazing combination of kindness, wit, and humor - I always looked forward to visiting with him. One of my favorite memories about him is as follows: About 20 years ago I was in high school. I had this favorite joke I loved to tell, I'm sure I've told it a dozens of times in my life - it's one of those long-winded jokes that builds up forever to ultimately end in a silly pun. To be more specific in this case, it was about a guy named Juan who becomes the best mayor ever and then the best governor ever and then the best president ever (delivered in a longwinded way of course). But then a strange man appears and threatens that if Juan keeps doing such a good job, he would do something bad to him... And out of fear, Juan stopped being the best president, but couldn't live with himself afterward so he went back to doing all the good stuff again... And just as he feared, the strange man appeared and said, "I told you something bad would happen to you" and then he pulled out a Golf Gun and shot him. I told this joke dozens of times, and in all cases, the response is ultimately "What's a golf gun?", to which I reply with glee "I don't know, but it sure made a hole in Juan!" And yet when I told it to Uncle Brent at a family reunion and mentioned the Golf Gun, Brent immediately chuckled and said "heh, a hole in Juan", thus completely ruining my punch line delivery and blowing my mind. Nobody had ever been that sharp, even though I had told this joke to many very clever people. Brent has the sharpest wit, and a sense of humor so deep and wholesome... I doubt if I'll meet another who can hold a candle next to him in this department in my lifetime. I was so fortunate to spend some part of a few summers at the Rhees home in my middle school years. These are some of my most precious memories of my youth. Uncle Brent was always so kind to me in spite of the fact that I was quite a goofy young man. I feel so lucky that he was a part of my life, and I will miss him very much.
Posted by Alan Nelson on June 25, 2022
I am thankful to have had Brent as my supervisor when I worked in the Provo Office. He was a good example of gospel principles as he worked on Government construction jobs. He demonstrated a thorough knowledge of engineering skills, and a very good attitude working with contractors and co-workers. He also had a fun and kind personality that contributed to a warm and friendly work environment. My best to his family at this very difficult time. He will be missed by all that knew him.
Posted by Lee Ann Knapp on June 24, 2022
Brent is an amazing uncle who has the embodiment of love, service, and honor. In life he loved everything and everyone he met. Brent loved the Lord, served well, and honored priesthood responsibilities in this life and will continue the work of Christ in the next. I know that Brent will not be faraway, families are eternal, Brent and Karen have raised wonderful kids and grandkids who will without doubt share Brent’s love for life and faith in Christ.
Posted by Nick Rhees on June 24, 2022
Dear Karen, We just heard about Brent and we are all so shocked and sad. We are out of town on a family vacation so we will not be able to attend the funeral. All of the family recalled how kind he was to our family. We always remember his smile and his laugh. He always asked how all the kids were doing and was genuinely interested in us. We love your family and will always feel a closeness to all of you. Love Jodie
Posted by Jodie Banks on June 24, 2022
I have so many small but fond memories with my grandpa Rhees! Memories that range from our 7/11 slushee pit stops all the way down to us sitting on his couch watching a movie together. I remember I would always look forward to visiting my grandparents house (and still do just as much) just so I could sleep in with my sweet grandma and grandpa! I loved hearing grandpas bedtime stories. You could never fall asleep in the middle of them though or else you would miss out on the best part of the story. Something else that I always looked forward to was our trip to the cabin up in island park! My grandparents would always stop at our house on the way to the cabin and most of the time I got lucky and they had an open seat or two so I got to go up to the cabin with them and one of my siblings! This was always a fun and bonding time since I didn’t get to see my grandparents as much as I’d hoped for. Once we got to the cabin we would have to turn the water on and make sure everything was running smoothly under the house! My job was to go under the house with my grandpa and fix whatever needed to be fixed! It was so fun being grandpas plumber assistant! Even if my job was just sitting there holding a light for him or handing him tools. That time down under the house with just me and grandpa will always be my favorite memories with him! After working under the house we’d go do other things around the cabin and every step of the way I was helping him. Even if he didn’t need my help he would always find a way to make me feel included. I could go on forever about all the memories I have of him. He was so special to me and I’m grateful for being and example to me!
Posted by Karen DeGraw on June 23, 2022
Remembering a legacy of a man. I first worked for Brent went he was the Field Engineer in Heber City Utah as Jordanelle Dam was being finished. Then for the next several years in the Provo Area Office. Always was quick of wit and had a great humor. It was a great pleasure to know and work for and with Brent.
Posted by Jeffrey E Evans on June 23, 2022
The following lyrics of the hymn "Each Life That Touches Ours for Good" is how we will forever remember Brent and hold him in our hearts. "Til me meet again!" 1. Each life that touches ours for good Reflects thine own great mercy, Lord; Thou sendest blessings from above Thru words and deeds of those who love. 2. What greater gift dost thou bestow, What greater goodness can we know Than Christlike friends, whose gentle ways Strengthen our faith, enrich our days. 3. When such a friend from us departs, We hold forever in our hearts A sweet and hallowed memory, Bringing us nearer, Lord, to thee. 4. For worthy friends whose lives proclaim Devotion to the Savior’s name, Who bless our days with peace and love, We praise thy goodness, Lord, above. Our love and prayers to the family. Willie and Pauline Brown
Posted by Willie & Pauline Brown on June 23, 2022
Brent's values always showed through to me when I saw them exhibited in unconditional love and always the ability to forgive. When people at work were wringing their hands and furrowing their brows over something that didn't go quite to plan, you might hear Brent mutter "We'll burn that bridge when we get to it," and then work through the issues of the problem, always with an understanding that people are not perfect. His death leaves a whole in my heart.
Posted by Terry Farnham, Nelson, New Zealand on June 22, 2022
The Rhees Family will always have a special place in our hearts. Brent and Karen are the best and most kind thoughtful neighbors any one could have. We raised our children together and enjoyed watching them grow. Brent was a great neighbor, friend, Bishop and example. Karen, you and Brent have made this world so much better for being in it. Your family is a light in an often dark and painful world. Thanks Brent for your love, friendship, kindness and caring. Godspeed and thanks for the memories. God bless you Karen and family.
Posted by Karl and Christie Krivanec on June 22, 2022
There were very few men who were willing to help me through my troubled youth, Bishop Rhees was one that stands above all others who weren't family. Bishop made a permanent impact on my life with his kindness, understanding, and capacity to love. I have nothing but fond memories of this great man.
Posted by Owen Watkins on June 22, 2022
I remember Brent from the Bountiful 17th ward growing up, he was our home teacher a lot of the time. I really can't think of anyone nicer than Brent. Even as a child, which was when most of my memories of Brent are, he was kind, warm and respectful, and I remember him making me feel accepted and not judged. When he asked how you were doing, he really cared and wanted to know, and he would listen to you when you talked. My condolences to the Rhees family for this immense loss. You are all in my heart at this time of sorrow. Teal Watkins
Posted by Teal Anderson on June 22, 2022
Never have we loved any one more, outside of our family, than Brent and his family. Working with them in different church calling has made our lives better. Our hearts our broken at this time and will take a long time to heal. Our love and prayers go to the family and pray that the comforter will be strong in their lives at this time. Dennis and Alby Jackson
Posted by Alby and Dennis Jackson on June 22, 2022