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James Brent Caldwell, 78, of Boulder City, Nevada, passed away on March 6th, 2019 at his home in Boulder City.
Funeral services will be held 10:00am Tuesday, March 12th at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 916 5th Street in Boulder City. Burial will be on March 13th at Veterans Cemetery. Family and friends can sign an online memorial guestbook at www.bouldercityfamilymortuary.com
Brent was born in Las Vegas, NV, to John and Willa (Harris) Caldwell on August 27th, 1940. He was really and truly Vegas Born. Brent and his family moved to Boulder City when Brent was 3 months old. As a teenager, he developed a strong work ethic as a stock clerk and delivery boy at Central Market grocery.
Following graduation from Boulder City High School in 1958, he went on to attend the University of Nevada, Reno, and then dental school at Marquette University. Brent spoke often, and with impressive detail, about the mentors and colleagues he had during his time at Marquette and the lasting impact they had on both his professional and personal life. Be grateful for the guidance in your life.
Brent worked as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon at the Marshfield Clinic in Wisconsin for more than 25 years. It was in Marshfield where he met and fell in love with Suzanne Burr. They were married on April 25th, 1996 in Manti, Utah. After retiring, the couple returned to Boulder City where Brent embraced the return to warm weather and the chance to spend time with friends, especially at the dog park. Cherish the love in your life.
Brent had a fondness for cars and looked for any excuse to go for a drive, including many cross-country road trips. He also traveled the world while serving in the U.S. Army during the Korean War, vacationing with his wife Sue, and in service to his church. Along with Sue he served a humanitarian mission to Vietnam, performing desperately-needed dental surgeries, distributing medical equipment, and teaching English. Serve others selflessly in your life.
A passion for music held a place in Brent’s heart. He found great enjoyment in learning challenging pieces of classical and sacred music on the organ, and playing for church and other special events. Seeing piano concerts at the Smith Center was his favorite entertainment. Listen for the beauty in your life.
And, chocolate. Brent loved it. He never turned down dessert, and it was as much fun to watch him eat it as it was to have it yourself. Savor the sweetness in your life.
Brent was good, honest, and kind-hearted. He was probably the most humble man you ever met, if you had the great pleasure to know him. And though he never had children, Brent was a mentor and father figure to many young people and his love and influence in their lives will be forever cherished. Pass on the lessons in your life.
Brent is preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jack.
Brent is survived by his wife Sue, his sister Shirley Oakes and brother-in-law Gary Oakes, 17 nieces and nephews, 22 great nieces and nephews and 3 great, great nieces and nephews. He will also be missed by his sweet dog, Benson.
Pallbearers for the service will be William Slack, Richard Stubbs, Lee McDonald, Legrand Neilson, Austin Tobler and Xin Yao.