Trent Pettry, age 66, of Ogden, UT, died fighting a long battle of cancer on November 30, 2016 at Heritage Park in Roy, UT. Trent was born on May 28, 1950 to parents Eugene and Avril Pettry in Ogden, UT. He was born and raised in Ogden, UT where he went to Ben Lomond High School. He was proud to be a Ben Lomond Scot!
He then enlisted in the Navy when he turned 18. He deployed to Vietnam during the war and served on the aircraft carrier USS Coral Sea. After the war, he traveled with the carnival for a couple years. He was great at fixing anything with an engine. He worked as a mechanic for Eagle Rental which became Greenline Equipment and Ahern Rental in Salt Lake, Las Vegas and St. George. His final employer was Winecup Gamble Ranch as a lead Mechanic and ranch hand. He also worked as a gold miner and mechanic in Alaska for a seasonal position for 3 seasons.
He was a loving father and grandfather, an excellent teacher because of his patience and mild temper. His first marriage was to Laura and they had 2 children, Meggie and Shawn. They divorced in 1986 and he married Tracy Avallone in 2000. He quickly became a fatherly figure and huge part of Tracys daughter Rhianna and Rhiannas one- year old daughter Breezs lives. He never considered Rhianna or her children “step” kids or grandkids. He lived in Montello for many years and loved the secluded lifestyle. He loved going to Alaska for gold mining and living a simple and rugged lifestyle. He could live and survive in any condition, a trait his grandson Allen also shares. Trent lived many places throughout his life. He lived in Ogden, UT, Hurricane, UT, San Andreas, CA, Monterrey, CA, Las Vegas, NV, and Montello, NV and few places while he traveled with the carnival to several places across the country.
Trent was patient, easy going, and very social. He loved going and watching his son Shawn play hockey. He looked forward to going to games with Shawn and traveling for his tournaments. He was a rock and gem hound, who enjoyed rock and gem hunting like no other. We have many memories of finding trilobites in Monte Cristo, arrowheads and panning for gold in Rock Corral, topaz at Topaz Mountain, amethysts, quartz, pyrite and many other stones and gems in so many places! You could rarely get in his truck without stepping on rocks. He was known for pulling crystals and other stones out of his pocket and telling a story or explaining its origin to those around him. His favorite thing to say when someone would hand him a plain rock was, “that’s a leverite, so, leverite there.” His dream was to have a business where he could take people hunting for gems and fossils and fun places to search for rocks. He had a great sense of humor and laughed all the time. His kids Meggie and Shawn get their sense of humor from him and laugh and joke like he did. He enjoyed reading and was often reading several books at a time. He would read one or two chapters out of 5 or 6 books every night. His favorite thing to read were books about Buddhism, meditation, Native American history and culture and poetry. His family and friends will always remember him as a powerful and spiritual person. He was so patient and rarely mad or raised his voice. These qualities made him a good teacher and a good listener. When his daughter Rhianna was asked what she wanted to be added to the obituary, she said to say, “he could make anything better.” This was so true, he could comfort anyone when they needed it and make them feel better. He gave us courage and strength.
Thank you so much Debbie Harms for helping with everything and for always loving and being there for Trent. You made sure he is taken care of and he is watching you be the bad ass woman, friend and sister that you are! The family would like to thank Legacy Home healthcare, especially Stefanie his nurse and Ashley his aid, for the excellent hospice and end of life care. He loved you ladies and would light up when he saw you. Thank you also for being there for my dad and my last day together, you helped make it happy for both of us (Meggie). Thank you Leavitt’s for your services and for your help with his final affairs.
Trent is survived by his brother, Von Pettry (Debra) of Arizona; wife, Tracy Avallone of Montello, NV; his son, Shawn Pettry, of Salt Lake City, UT; daughter, Meggie Guerrero (Ernie) of Ogden, UT and their kids, his grandsons, Allen (14) and Gabriel (12); daughter, Rhianna Rodriguez of Prescott, AZ and her kids, his grandkids, Breez (18), Marcus (14), Romeo (3) and Collin (1). He is preceded in death by his grandparents, his mother, Avril Thornton Pettry of Roy, UT and father Eugene Victor Pettry of Roy, UT, and many aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.
Services have not been scheduled yet. There will be an update on Trent’s and Meggie’s Facebook page when we know more. At that time, those who wish, we will get together in Monte Cristo to spread some of his ashes and there will be a Celebration of Life. He was a simple man and did not wish for a funeral, but his life needs to be celebrated. All are welcome to attend and celebrate, as well as spreading his ashes. In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to Leavitt’s Mortuary at 836 36th St. Ogden, UT 84403; 801-394-5556.