January 7, 1941 - January 19, 2017 Kent Jan Knopinski passed away in Westlake Village on January 19, 2017 after succumbing to lung cancer. He was born on January 7, 1941 in Kansas City, Missouri to George Knopinski and Gladys Ogle. He was raised in Kansas City and attended public schools there. He graduated from Southwest High school in 1959. During his youth he was an active leader in most endeavors particularly in 3&2 baseball for five years and was an Eagle Scout. Kent attended the University of Missouri in Columbia and held a leadership role in the Sigma Chi fraternity. He graduated from the University of Missouri in 1964. During the Vietnam War he was in the Army Reserves. He married Joanna (Haymes) in 1964 and they had a daughter, Ashley Dru. After the birth of their daughter they relocated to Los Angeles where Kent began his career at Pierose Building Maintenance Company based in Los Angeles, California. In 1970, their second child Jason was born and within five years Kent rose within the ranks of the building services industry to become the president of Bekins Building Maintenance Co. In 1981 Kent became president of the U.S. Division of Pedus International Co., a building services company based in Germany. This afforded Kent the opportunity to travel nationally and internationally, something he loved. Kent mentored and managed hundreds of employees throughout his 40 years in the building services industry. Many of his former employees became close friends. In 2004 Kent retired. He and his second wife, Judi, relocated to Carmel Valley, CA. In 2007 he was coaxed out of retirement and became the Vice President of Glastonbury, Inc. based in Sand City, CA. Kent's business savvy was put to good use and his contribution to Glastonbury was invaluable. Kent enjoyed traveling to Europe often and ran with the bulls in Pomplona twice. He was an avid golfer and a forefront member of the Men's group at Quail Golf Club in Carmel Valley. He loved to read and was never without the latest novel. He enjoyed spending time with Judi, dining out with friends and planning the next family vacation. Kent will be remembered for his warm wit, his honest nature and his unwavering loyalty to his friends. His ability to be the voice of reason in any situation was something we all relied on. He is survived by his wife and companion of 35 years, Judith Ann (Hewitt), his son Jason Knopinski of Los Angeles, his daughter Dru Mattimoe (Knopinski), his son-in-law Gerard Mattimoe, his grandsons Ian and George Mattimoe of Carmel, California, and his two cats, Audrey and Dudley. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to a charity of one's choice. A Celebration of Life will be announced in the near future.
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