Kent W. Simmons
Kent W. Simmons
  • October 9, 1952 - September 28, 2017
  • Kingwood, Texas

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Beloved and devoted son, brother, husband, father, grandfather, uncle, cousin and friend, Kent Walker Simmons succumbed to cancer following a valiant battle lasting several years. He passed away surrounded by family on September 28, 2017. Kent had been evacuated from his home in Kingwood, Texas due to Hurricane Harvey flooding and passed at the home of his sister in Willow Park, Texas.

Kent was born in Odessa, Texas, on October 9, 1952, to Cecil Rae Simmons and Phyllis Walker Simmons. He attended Odessa public schools and was a 1971 graduate of Odessa High School. He participated in all sports early, later continuing with baseball and basketball. He played Pony League baseball and Odessa High School varsity basketball, being their captain his senior year. He enjoyed all sports, but claimed basketball was his first love.

Following high school, Kent studied at Odessa College and the University of Houston. He married Dianna Rundhaug on May 29, 1982. They raised their children, Christopher and Jennifer, in Kingwood. The kids were always his first priority, and he made sure they had a great childhood: family vacations to Disneyland & Disney World, camping and fishing adventures, trips to the ranch, and a memorable experience of sliding down the sand dunes in Monahans. He also taught cub scouts and was a "Karate Dad" for many years.

Kent and Dianna loved going to concerts and traveling together. Some of his favorite getaways include Hawaii, Niagara Falls, and an extensive tour of Northern & Southern Civil War battlegrounds.

A longtime resident of the Houston area, Kent entered the real estate title insurance business while still a student at the University of Houston, starting as a runner for a local title company. Having caught his fancy for the detail found in abstracts and public records, the title business held him captive for the next 40+ years as he rose to commercial closer and Chief Title Officer with Partners Title and finally as Vice President and Senior Underwriter for Stewart Title Company.

A proud 4th-generation Texan, Kent loved Texas and embraced all that it offered: hunting, fishing, shooting at his west Texas ranch, the Houston Texans, and the Texas A&M Aggies. A voracious reader, he was an avid historian on topics including Texas and the Civil War. Just as knowledgeable on current events, he was armed and ready to discuss current affairs or hold his ground during political discourse.

Kent was preceded in death by his father and many aunts and uncles.

Kent is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Dianna, their two children, Christopher (Amanda Marules) and Jennifer (Cris) Huerta, as well as three granddaughters, Kiley, Gabriella and Hayden, all of the Houston area; his mother, Phyllis Walker Hensley of Burnet; sister, Cheryl (Herb) Kensing of Willow Park; brother Mark (Daralyn) Phillips of Pearland; four uncles, and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.

Known to keeping every friend dear, "Everyone has good in them" was a maxim he lived by. "Everybody loves Kent" is a maxim understood by everyone who knew him.

Kent, your laugh, your smile, your playful nature and your enthusiasm for life was infectious. We are thankful that we have many fun memories to bring us comfort and joy. We love you, and you will always be in our hearts. Please watch over us, and may you rest in peace.

In lieu of flowers please make memorial donations in Kent's name to Donate Life America

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, October 5, 2017 at Kingwood Funeral Home. Following the Ceremony, friends and family are invited to gather to share their favorite memories of Kent at Homewood Suites 23320 US-59, Kingwood, TX 77339.