On the morning of Sept. 23, 2013, with his wife at his bedside, Dr. Richard Milton Trent peacefully passed away at The Home Place in Tyler. He was 65 years old.
Dr. Richard Milton Trent was born in Clark Field, Philippine Islands on May 12, 1948. He was the only child of the late Dennea Ann and Roy Milton Trent. Richard is survived by his wife, Dr. Idalia Hernandez Trent and daughter, Estella (Stella) Danielle Trent of Rusk, Texas.
In 1966, Richard graduated from Gaithersburg High School in Gaithersburg, Md. In 1970, he received an AA degree from Montgomery Community College in Rockville, Md.
Richard received a BA degree in psychology in 1977 from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, Canada and in 1979 he earned his MA degree from Hood College in Frederick, Md. In 1985, Richard was conferred a Doctor of Philosophy Degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce (formerly East Texas State University) in Commerce.
Following his graduation, Richard joined Rusk State Hospital in Rusk. He served initially as psychologist and later as Director of Psychological Services. Dr. Trent received various recognitions throughout his tenure at Rusk State Hospital. In 1991, he was awarded a Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation Showcase Award. In 1995 he was awarded the Texas Department of Mental Health and Mental Retardation’s most prestigious honor, the Preston E. Harrison Award (having been also named as a finalist in 1989). In recognition of his excellence in 1999 he was named Ambassador of Texas A&M University-Commerce Alumni Association. Dr. Trent retired from Rusk State Hospital in 2006 following 21 years of service.
A kind man who appreciated a simple life, Richard loved sunsets and thunderstorms; a great seafood meal and the company of good friends. Richard was an avid diamond hunter and fisherman who preferred the outdoors. An ardent collector, his love of American antiques was only surpassed by his devotion to his wife and daughter.
A private memorial will be held at the family home in Rusk, on Sun., Oct. 13 from 2 to 5 p.m. In lieu of flowers the family request that donations be made to Tyler Junior College’s Roy Milton & Dennea Anne Trent Armed Forces Scholarship Endowment, American Heart Association or American Cancer Society.
Messages and tributes may be sent to the family at wallacethompson.com under "obituaries."