Kent Allan Meredith, of Concord, California, passed away peacefully on October 31, 2021.
Kent was born on February 4, 1943 in Denver, Colorado to William Jerrold Meredith and Eva Mae Meredith. He was raised in Burbank, California as an only child and that was the way he liked it (when his parents asked him if he wanted a brother or sister, he said “no,” and they obliged). Kent loved growing up in Southern California – he enjoyed football, singing in the choir, Bob’s Big Boy, and teenage shenanigans. He attended John Burroughs High School but can also be found in the Herbert Hoover High School senior class yearbook photo (see: teenage shenanigans).
Kent joined the United States Army in 1962 and was a member of the 101st Airborne Division. He was extremely proud of his service but regretful about the Airborne tattoo on his left shoulder (at least that was his story when offering counsel to his tattoo-curious teenager). He was honorably discharged from reserve duty in 1968.
After stints studying at the Brooks Institute of Photography and working at United Airlines, Kent enrolled at Arizona State University. He was as surprised as anyone that they let him in (he always laughed that they probably wouldn’t have, had they seen his high school transcript beforehand – ah, the pre-Internet years!). The Admission Department’s risk paid off as he graduated summa cum laude in just two years with a degree in marketing.
Kent met Judy in Los Angeles on a blind date and declared “I’m in love!” upon first laying eyes on her (literally). They married on December 27, 1969 in Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania. For as much as Kent loved growing up as an only child, he loved being a part of the Davis family more. He gained true brothers and sisters through his marriage, and he even enjoyed a side-hustle as a window washer when he visited his father-in-law, Gus. We’re still not sure if he liked the window washing or “jawing with the guys” at the diner afterward better.
He started his career at Merrill Lynch before founding his own financial consulting firms, Raintree Investment Management and Freehaven Investment Management – why yes, Raintree County was his favorite book! He absolutely loved his work and did not travel anywhere where a Wall Street Journal (“The Journal”) could not be found within a reasonable radius, the tracking down of which was a real special part of all of our family vacations.
Kent converted to Catholicism in the early 1970s and his faith was central in his life. He served on the Parish Council and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus at St. Perpetua in Lafayette, and he penned many ardent, progressive opinion pieces about the role of women and lay people in the Church that were published in The Catholic Voice and the National Catholic Reporter. He believed very strongly in the value of Catholic education – he was involved in countless fundraisers at St. Perpetua School and served on the Board at Carondelet High School.
He loved his family, friends, laughing, music, coffee (cof-FAAAAY), parties, wine, cigars, dressing as St. Nick at Christmas time, Skoal Bandits, Pontiac Fieros, and inappropriate toasts. He was competitive (he just couldn’t bring himself to lose even one match of Sesame Street’s The Count’s Card Game to his preschool-aged children), effortlessly social, charming, funny, stubborn, the hardest worker, and wickedly smart. He was intuitive, empathetic, and so generous – he often helped people from behind the scenes without them ever knowing.
He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Judith Ann Meredith, his two daughters Bridgette (Scott) Chestnut and Amy Meredith, and his grandchildren Davis Kennedy, Braden Chestnut, Meredith Kennedy, and Taylor Chestnut. Hubba hubba, Dad. We love you so much and miss you immensely.
Friends and family are invited to attend Kent’s funeral Mass, 10:30 AM, Monday, November 8, 2021 at Christ the King Church in Pleasant Hill, California with a reception to follow the burial. Interment Queen of Heaven Cemetery, Lafayette, California.
In honor of Kent’s commitment to Catholic education, the family asks for any donations to go to Support Family Aid Catholic Education- (FACE) Dioceses of Oakland, CA https://oakdiocese.org/face
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