Kent Hulet Gardiner was born on March 18, 1946 to Elaine Scholl (Gardiner) and James Hulet Gardiner in the back bedroom of his grandparents home at 1636 Golden Gate Avenue, LA, CA.
He is fortunate to have 7 brothers and sisters including Sandra Ann Gardiner (Ron Blunck), Mark Robert Gardiner (Karen), Janice Elaine Gardiner (Sean Davis deceased), Gayle Louise Gardiner (John Reese), Jeffrey Lynn Gardiner (Andrea), Julie Jean Gardiner (Cliff Langlois) and Jamie Thomsen Gardiner (Kris).
Kent served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the British South mission from 1965 to 1967. He loved working with the British people and had some success baptizing. Over the years he served as Elders Quorum President twice, High Councilor, Primary Teacher, Teacher Development Instructor and Gospel Doctrine Instructor. Kent was a "card carrying," devote member of the church who considered membership as the best decision he ever made.
After his mission he graduated from BYU majoring in Phychology and a year later got his teaching credential. He taught elementary school at the Salt Lake Model School, two years in Glendora, CA. and then moved to the University Elementary School at UCLA, becoming a demonstration teacher. Kent taught for 39 years specializing in writing, math and physical education.
It was in Glendora Kent met and married Suzanne Brown in 1974 and they had six children including Chad Aaron Gardiner (Amanda), Rachel Ann Gardiner (Nic Bardon), Eric James Gardiner (Hayley), Ryan Philip Gardiner (Stephanie), Ashley Rebecca Gardiner (Andrew DaBell) and Brett David Gardiner. They raised their children in the happy confines of Santa Clarita. Suzanne died of breast cancer in 1994.
Kent's father-in-law James C. Brown, and Brother Nelson from Pasadena, another sealer in the Los Angeles Temple became matchmakers and lined Kent and Deborah up. They married in 1995. Deborah brought her son Ryan Snowden into the family.
When Kent moved to Saugus in 1980 he met Kevin and Nancy Large. They became fast friends and Kevin taught Kent how to do family history. After Kent's father's death in 2007 he sorted all of his family records and put them onto a DVD. He passed it out to family members and only three even acknowledged he sent them something. In talking with his son Eric about the problem Eric said, "Why don't you start a website, you can call it Gathering Gardiners." Kent did just that and in the first five years has had a quarter of a million views.
In 2013 Kent retired from teaching and moved to Utah. Here he enjoyed church service, gardening, Marklin model trains, family history, his wife Deborah and 12 grandchildren.
Kent will be buried in Eternal Valley Cemetery under a swaying tree next to Suzanne. For directions:
Suzanne's Grave Site from Kent on Vimeo.
More: GatheringGardiners.blogspot.com and click on Kent's webpage.