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Kent Bishop Balthrop


Kent Bishop Balthrop was born on September 7, 1939 to Pauline and Calvin Balthrop in Ardmore, Oklahoma. He was the oldest of three children; Kent, Gary and Jan.

He moved to California when he was 4 and met Betty when he was 16 at the neighborhood pool. They married in 1958 and were married for 62 years. They had 4 children, Craig, Christy, Kelly and Kevin.

Kent got his first job at the Gas Company before he started his career at Ford Motor Company, a career that he would retire from when he was 51. Over those years, Ford would take him from Pico Rivera, California to Wixom, Michigan and finally Toronto, Canada. When he retired, Betty and Kent moved to Lake of the Ozarks, Missouri where they would build their dream house on the lake and enjoy their time cruising the lake on their boats, fishing and golfing. Their true love, however, was golfing, so in 1999 they moved out west to Tucson, Arizona to live on a golf course and be able to enjoy another true love, owning and riding a Harley Davidson. Over the years, Kent and Betty had many travels at home and abroad; Portugal, Scotland and Tuscany being three of their favorites.

Unfortunately, in 2010, Kent and Betty lost two of their sons, Kevin and Kelly. To be near family, after 15 years in Tucson, Kent and Betty decided to move to California to be near Craig and Christy and their families. During the next 5 years they would enjoy many family gatherings and holidays.

In February 2020, Kent and Betty moved back to Arizona hoping it would improve Kent’s health. He passed away on September 1, 2020 in Arizona, the state he loved so much. He will be remembered for his dry sense of humor, dedicated work ethic and incredible love for his family.

He is survived by his wife Betty, son Craig, daughter Christy, daughter-in-law Elise, 6 granddaughters, their husbands, 1 great grandson and 4 great granddaughters.



  • Cyndy Posted September 15, 2020 3:22 PM

    Many blessings to you Betty, Craig and Christie, Elise and grandchidren

  • Craig Balthrop Posted September 15, 2020 3:26 PM

    Dad, I miss you so much, have fun with Kelly and Kevin in heaven , love you so much, “Bigtime”

    • Betty Balthrop Posted September 15, 2020 3:57 PM

      Thanks Cyndy that means a lot!!!

      • Betty Balthrop Posted September 15, 2020 4:00 PM

        Thanks Cyndy that means a lot…

        • Betty Balthrop Posted September 15, 2020 4:01 PM

          Thanks Cyndy that means a lot…

  • Christy Sorenson Posted September 15, 2020 7:04 PM

    There is comfort in knowing that his soul lives on and his body is restored. Rest In Peace Dad.

  • Chris Michaelis Posted September 15, 2020 7:35 PM

    I always enjoyed his sharp sense of humor, talking politics and guns. He was a good man and I’ll miss him. To Betty, Craig, Christy and all his family – may your many fond memories bring comfort while you mourn his loss.. RIP Kent.

  • Bethany Cody Posted September 15, 2020 7:57 PM

    Kent and Betty welcomed my sister into their family and loved her like a daughter. I’m happy that Craig, Elise and their girls had such fond memories of Kent! I wish everyone peace. Rest In Peace Kent

  • Betty Balthrop Posted September 15, 2020 11:47 PM

    To say goodbye to a loved one who has been in my life for 65 years is heart breaking but I know he is now pain free and home with our Heavenly Father and family members. Miss him and will Love him forever. What a day of rejoicing that will be when we are together again, Rest In Peace Dear Husband…

  • Elise Posted September 16, 2020 12:14 PM

    Dad, the last thing you said to me was “Hi sexy”. Even when you were in pain you tried to make me laugh. I am so glad you are no longer hurting. We will take care of mom for you. Rest In Peace dad… love you❤️

  • Briana Posted September 16, 2020 1:28 PM

    Grandpa, you never ceased to amaze me with your knowledge of how to do just about anything. Your knowledge lives on, because you instilled those values and knowledge in your family. I’m so grateful to have you as my Grandpa and I’ll never ever forget to mash potatoes through my teeth, watch nature tv shows with subtitles or to know every ford car ever made – to name a few. Love you so much and miss you like crazy!

  • Lori Posted September 16, 2020 2:58 PM

    I always enjoyed talking to Ken. He had a great sense of humor, dry wit, and loved animals. He was a pleasure to know.
    He will be missed by many.

  • Sarah Balthrop Posted September 16, 2020 7:04 PM

    Grandpa, you were such a presence! Hilarious, honest, loving, hard working. I wish we couldn’t have spent more time together growing up. Happy you’re no longer in pain and can be with Dad and uncle Kevin. I love you!

  • Gary and Deb Johnson Posted September 17, 2020 1:46 AM

    We didn’t know Kent personally, but we know he was a big inspiration to Craig and was much loved by his family. May you keep all your sweet, silly, loving memories with you always and know he’s always in your hearts.

  • Don & Joann Porter Posted September 17, 2020 10:21 AM

    We so enjoyed all of our moments with you both. Nights sitting at your home in SB, AZ talking for hours; RC meetings; parties and celebrations; canasta and motorcycle rides. We have so many memories tucked close to us. Kent is free of pain and his soul is joyous being with the boys. We love you Betty and wish for you many more years of quality time with your family.

  • The Shaw family Posted September 17, 2020 12:29 PM

    You leave behind a Loving wife , a dedicated son in Craig and his loyal wife, Elise. You did good here so rest now and enjoy the afterlife

  • Lauren Balthrop Whitaker Posted September 17, 2020 3:09 PM

    Words are truly impossible to describe this man. He was strong, loyal, funny, and such an incredibly hard worker. I am blessed to be his granddaughter and am grateful for the memories I will have forever . See you again in a far far better place than we can ever even dream of here on earth. Andrew and I love you , my “Grandpa Bop Bop”!!

  • Ray & Lee Kump Posted September 19, 2020 1:15 PM

    Kent will always be a good friend. I can remember all of the motorcycle rides we did together – pictures with Bentley and your home was always welcome to us. At first, I thought that Kent was a tough guy, but through the years I learned that he was a ‘softie’ – the guy you always wanted to be with. A fellow Rider, shooter, and a party guy. Miss you always my friend.

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