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Following a heroic battle with leukemia, Kent Robert Hymas, 71, of Elk Grove, CA succumbed to his illness on Wednesday, July 31 at 8:45 pm. Kent passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and loved ones.
Kent is survived by his children and their families, Tisha & Steven Shaffer, Tammy and Dean Oltman, Todd & Melissa Hymas, Tracy Hymas, and Tiffanie Hymas; and his siblings, Shawna & Larry Dunn, Randy & Carolyn Hymas, Cathy & Bill Garrison, Kristine & Edward Durtschi, and Richard & Kelly Hymas. He is predeceased by his parents.
Kent was born on September 24, 1947 to Don and Roma Hymas. He grew up in Preston, Idaho and Twin Falls, Idaho. Kent attended Rick’s College and Brigham Young University, graduating with a B.A. in computer science. In 1969 he married Glenda Sue Smith and together they had five children.
In the early days of his marriage, Kent and Glenda moved to Sacramento, California, where Kent began his career with Oki Nursery. Kent spent his entire career with the same organization, eventually starting and building Meta Information Systems under long-time friend and mentor, Sam Oki.
Kent was a devoted father and grandfather. He was always up for a long day trip and enjoyed exploring new places. He loved the outdoors and favored Tuolumne Meadows in Yosemite National Park. In his younger days he enjoyed white water rafting, camping, tennis, table tennis, and bowling. Kent could always tell you about the newest technology and enjoyed reading Westerns and British mystery novels. He was a regular at Sam’s Hof Brau restaurant in Sacramento, CA.
In lieu of a service, Kent has chosen to have his ashes spread privately by his children. In place of flowers the family suggests a donation be made in Kent’s honor to the National Park Foundation at www.nationalparks.org