[AARA] Jon Kent Dezelle, K5JKD - SK

Herman Campbell kn5grk at lusfiber.net
Wed Oct 15 14:07:53 CDT 2014

          Jon Kent Dezelle, K5JKD

August 18, 1935 - October 11, 2014

*Dr. Jon Kent Dezelle, 79, of Beaumont, died peacefully on Saturday, 
October 11, 2014, at home surrounded by his family. Kent was born in 
Jacksonville, Texas, to John C. and Wyline Swearingen Dezelle. He 
attended Beaumont High School, graduating with the Class of 1953; the 
University of Texas; and graduated from the University of Texas Dental 
School-Houston in 1960. *

*He practiced Pediatric Dentistry in Beaumont from 1960-1997. Kent was 
active in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, the TDA, the ADA 
and the Sabine District Dental Society. Kent was passionate about the 
dental education of children. His goal was to alleviate the fear of 
dentistry and instill the values of good and regular dental health in 
children. He initiated and provided an area wide dental education 
program for both public and private schools. Bippo the Hippo, was a 
life-size dancing cartoon character, who traveled with his pal, the 
Clown, to elementary schools within a 100 mile radius of Beaumont.*


*Kent loved many hobbies which included, bird hunting, fly fishing, 
golf, photography, trap and skeet shooting, skiing and music. His last 
interest was HAM Radio, and was affiliated with national and local HAM 
Radio societies.*


*Kent is survived by his wife, Charlotte Linnens Dezelle; sons, Bryan 
DeCordova and his wife, Bee of Austin, Texas; and Mark DeCordova and his 
wife, Kristie of Conroe, Texas; sister, Jackie Dezelle Bean and her 
husband, Raymon, of Birmingham, Alabama; and grandchildren, Stephen, 
Scott, Kaleigh, Colby and Rachel DeCordova.*


*The family wishes to express their gratitude and thanks to the Earth 
Angels, who provided such tender care to both Kent and Charlotte, and a 
very special thank you to The Lunch Bunch: Cyd Conley, Michelle Parker 
and Carolyn Mouton.*


*A gathering of Dr. Dezelle's family and friends will be held on Friday, 
October 17, 2014, from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m., at Broussard's, 1605 
North Major Drive, Beaumont. His memorial service will be 11:00 a.m., 
Saturday, October 18, 2014, at Broussard's.*


*In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Some Other Place, P O Box 
843, Beaumont, Texas 77704.*

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