December 31, 1953 ~ February 5, 2020

Born in: Rochester, Indiana
Resided in: Arvada, Colorado

Kent Gaff, of Arvada, Colorado passed away on February 5, 2020.

A Celebration of Kent’s Life will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 1pm at Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 W. 80th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80003.

Please share memories of Kent and condolences with his family by signing the online guestbook below.


Celebration of Life: February 12, 2020 1:00 pm

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  1. I will always remember Kent. I never saw him treat anyone with anything but respect and he earned mine. He was always there as a rock of strength for his employees. He will be missed.

  2. Kent will be dearly missed by us all that worked with and for him. He had many, many friends in Kansas that will miss him. Condolences and prayers to Pat and all of Kent’s family. Rest in Peace Kent.

  3. I can clearly picture the day Kent hired me to work at SCL Health about 12 years ago. Even though I reported directly to him it was more like working WITH him. He was a true gentleman and will be GREATLY missed. My condolences to Pat and his family.

  4. I knew Kent from his time in Kansas, he was always so nice to everyone and had many friends. He will be truly missed by many. My thoughts go out to Kents family.

  5. I worked with Kent throughout his tenure at SCL Health. I always found him to be of the highest integrity and such a wealth of knowledge about anything IT. I learned so much from working with him.. My deepest sympathies to his family. He was such a good man so I know he will be sorely missed.

  6. What a genuine, kind and gentle man. Kent was always the most pleasant person when we spoke, his deep voice and hearty laugh was hard to miss. My deepest condolences to the family for your tremendous loss. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  7. I was extremely saddened when I heard of Kent’s passing yesterday. I had the pleasure of working with Kent for 7 years at SCL. Working for Kent provided me with carrier changing skills I will never forget; he was a great leader.

    I want to thank Pat and the family for sharing him with us, his work family, as I know the long hours, weekends and vacations he never took kept him away from you, his loved ones. I look back at all we accomplished during my time working with Kent, it was a true honor.

    God speed Kent and I know you will put in just as much time in your next journey, its just who you are.

    Pat and family, my sincere condolences.

  8. I am truly sorry for your loss. Kent will be missed and he will never be forgotten, may his soul rest in peace. My condolences to Pat and his family.

  9. Kent left a lasting impression on me. As our customer and industry leader, we had always held Kent in high regard. Most importantly, he was just a pleasure to be around as a great human being and a friend to his coworkers.

    My condolences to the family for this huge loss. May the powers above us give you all the strength in this difficult time. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  10. I was extremely shocked and saddened buy Kent’s passing. He was definitely a one in a million man that will be greatly missed by all. He advanced countless associates to higher levels of their careers and always had a great attitude not only in his work, but life in general. His knowledge over a vast amount of subjects was always insightful as well as his wisdom and of course his humor. We lost a great man, one I considered to be my very close friend and confidant. We shared many good times together at work and leisure. Condolences to Pat and his entire family.

    • Kent was good man who treated everyone with respect and with the highest level of integrity. Kent was also empathetic to others and their challenges. He was nothing but an asset in my life. We enjoyed a few beverages and those times will be missed. God bless you Kent.

  11. I had the pleasure of working with Kent on many projects – Kent was the absolute epitome of what it means to be a leader in the work place. He treated everyone with genuine respect and always was complimentary and showed such admiration for the people who were part of his projects. It resonated with me deeply . I will miss his iconic voice and his genuine kindness.

    My deepest condolences to his family.

  12. I am saddened to hear of Kent’s passing. Kent forgot more about technology than most of us have learned in our careers. I remember when his father passed and how hard that hit him. Same thing when I lost my mother a few years later.

    Kent you will be remembered by all of us and forgotten by none.

  13. Spent a lot of time with Kent in planning the EMR and system IT platform for SCLH – as with most plans somethings went sideways-he was always calm and practical in trying to move forward, even when we had to sue the vendors! God bless and prayers to his family and friends

  14. I met Kent in August 2001 when he interviewed me on a Saturday morning for the job I still have. I was very tense and nervous for the interview and showed up in a suit, but Kent was in the office at Renner in jeans and a very comfortable shirt. He told me had just mowed his lawn. He put me at ease right off the bat. We talked about the goals he had for the position, and also for his group. We talked for a couple of hours about technical things, and also personal stuff and I knew right there I wanted to work for him. After the interview he walked me out to the lobby and stopped me by those revolving doors and told me he wanted to hire me and asked how much it would take to get me to relocate from Tulsa. I gave him a number and he stuck out his hand and said he would make it work. I was stunned. The decision to take the offer when it came in the mail a few days later was one of the best ones I ever made. Not only did I get to finally work as a real Database Administrator, but more importantly, I got to work for a man who did everything to encourage not only me, but all of us in our group. We accomplished a lot with not a lot of resources and that was because of Kent. He was the best boss I have ever had. When he moved to Denver and I went remote to OKC I didn’t get to see him very often, but when I did it was he always seemed glad to see me. He was a very special and kind person who I am already missing very much.

  15. I’ve read each of the condolences to this point. All so thoughtfully written and each demonstrate just a piece of the man. Kent touched each of the staff, whether you reported directly to him or not. When I think of Kent most of the time I smile based on a conversation or interaction we had, other times the memory makes me realize how much I appreciated his support or guidance. My thoughts and prayers to Kent’s family.

  16. I worked with Kent for 14 years both in Kansas City and Denver. He was a great person to work with and will be missed by all. He was a great leader for SCL Health. He treated everyone with great respect and kindness. Prayers from my family to the Gaff family.

  17. Kent was a sweet man. A gentle soul who always offered a smile, never a harsh word. My prayers to his family and all those whose lives he has touched. He will be missed.

  18. My heart is heavy. Kent was one of the nicest people I’ve ever met. A gentle soul that treated everyone with respect. He only saw good in people. Rest In Peace dear Kent.

  19. I was very said to hear about Kent’s passing yesterday. It was an honor to work for Kent for 12 years at SCL Health. He was a true leader with highest professionalism and integrity.

    He was a wonderful person who always provided inspiration, support and encouragement to everyone working in IT. Every interaction which I have had with Kent at work has been positive. Kent touched the lives of many people and will be missed.

    On a personal level, Kent was example for me how to treat everyone in the team with respect and value every person’s opinion.

    To Kent’s family, on behalf of my daughter, husband and I, please accept out deepest condolences.

  20. I am so sorry to hear about the loss of Kent. Words cannot express the sadness I feel.

    I was blessed to work with him for five years. I will always remember him as having a kindness that many in his position do not process. He always made time for you if you had questions and was just an all around nice guy. He will be missed.

    My heart goes out to your family during this difficult time.

  21. I worked with Kent in Kansas and Colorado. It was always a pleasure to work with him. He had a kind disposition, a great sense of humor and firm leadership quality that demanded respect and brought experience to every interaction. May Kent rest in Peace and may God supply Peace to the Gaff family at this time. He will truly be missed. Kip B.

  22. The light that led so many. You will be forever remembered Kent with a shining smile and spark. Hugs and prayer to you Pat!

  23. I had the good fortune to work with Kent for several years. You could depend on Kent to give you great advice, offer his technical expertise, share his ideas and lend ongoing support. Kent was always willing to go the “extra mile”. I remember a dear friend and valued colleague.

    To Kent’s family, I extend my deepest condolences.

  24. I worked with Kent at SCL Health for 11 years in both Kansas City and Denver, and I always respected and admired him as a mentor. We spent many times outside on break talking about technology and life. Kent will be greatly missed….

  25. I worked with Kent for 14 years and saw greatness and humility in him. Kent was bigger than life. While many may not appreciate the magnitude of the work, he led our technology teams through some amazing and challenging times, bringing all of our hospitals together on a shared network and infrastructure, no small task at the time. No matter the time or how hard things might get, if the teams needed Kent, he was there for us with his deep, calm voice of reason.

    Pat, thank you and your family for sharing him with us. We often spoke of you when we were stuck after hours or working over a weekend. Whenever he spoke of you or the grandkids, his whole face would light up, it was something special to see. My condolences to all of you during this time.

  26. My condolences to the family. I remember the first time I met Kent when he joined the organization and we both retired at approximately the same time. He was consistently the same even handed, vision driven leader. He was always available and present when you needed to talk to him. He was able to pull off that difficult relationship of manager AND friend. You succeeded completely Kent, good job. Peace be with you, and your family.

  27. My deepest sympathies to Pat and Kent’s family. As has been said, Kent was a kind and gentle soul. He was a member of our leadership team, a trusted colleague, and a dear friend. As many will attest, I never met a harder working person. Kent was always supportive and 100 % engaged in whatever task we took on and he was a mentor and teacher to me on so many things. But, he was also a great friend and confidant. We had many happy memories of traveling the health system and installing technology for the care of our patients. And, while he is remembered for his excellence, leadership, and expertise in technology, know that Kent was a true caring spirit always thinking about what was best for his fellow man. As much as he loved work, I think it was the people he worked with and in his life that brought him the greatest joy. When we weren’t working, we often talked about our dogs, our hobbies, the kids and our families. A generous spirit and a man who I will miss and always remember. Peace.

  28. My condolences Pat to you and your Family. I got to know Kent while working at SCL implementing the Kansas hospitals and also the building of the new St. Josephs Hospital. He was a wonderful person to work with. Kent always had time to say Hi and ask how you were doing.

  29. Where do I begin…as a working team member, Kent had forgotten more about technology than I even knew…he always amazed me with how much he had accomplished during his technology journey. As a mentor, well, while we didn’t always agree, he had my highest respect as a leader and someone that was tremendously passionate about people and improving healthcare!! As a friend, there isn’t a time I can remember that he didn’t lend me his ear, truly listen and provide great advice. I was so happy for him to accept and move on with his much deserved retirement and live life…it breaks my heart to know he didn’t get to do that; however, he as left behind a beautiful trail of accomplishments and people who loved, admired and respected him — God is pleased!

  30. My condolences Pat to you and your Family…..Kent was a wonderful man to work with, and had a vast amount of knowledge. Kent always had time to talk about work or just shoot the breeze. He had such a kind, warm heart. He will be greatly missed. God Bless you and your family

  31. I knew Kent for 13 years, with SCL Health in Lenexa and Denver. We did not work directly, but he presence was always felt.
    After the move to Denver whenever I saw Kent he always asked how I was doing. He always cared.
    When I found out he was retiring, I emailed him with congrats! and he returned the email with uplifting words for me…he truly was a good man.
    I wish Kent’s family peace during this most difficult time. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

  32. As many have said, Kent loved his work and the people he worked with at SCL Health. He believed in the mission and worked tirelessly guiding the evolution of technology across the health system. But, what Kent was truly passionate about was his family. He loved to talk about Pat, his kids, and grand kids. He was a husband, father, and grandfather first and foremost with a pride that showed through when he talked about all of his family. If he wasn’t talking about family, or technology, he loved to talk about Indiana basketball as well. That is how I will remember Kent, passionate about his family, enjoyment of his work, and his roots in Indiana.

    Loving prayers of peace to Pat and all of Kent’s family.

  33. My deepest sympathies go out to Pat and the entire Gaff family. My journey with Kent started back in 2000. He and I were the 2nd and 3rd staff members hired into the new SCL centralized I/T department. Over the next 16+ years I was blessed to work alongside of him on a multitude of initiatives. He was a great coworker but even more importantly, he was a great person. The world (and my world) was a better place with Kent in it.

    Rest in Peace brother.

  34. I worked with Kent very closely for 2+ years on a hospital divestiture project in Kansas. I was always amazed at how he could recall technical, legal, and financial details off the top of his head. I could ask him a question about anything, and without checking any notes, he could provide an incredible amount of information no matter how long ago it happened. Over those two years, I also came to appreciate him as a wonderfully warm and caring friend. He always finished up a meeting, no matter how difficult, by saying “good job”, or “nice work” to me or his team, and always seemed to sincerely appreciate and believe in the work we were doing.

    He was a great person to work with, and I’m deeply saddened to hear about his passing. My condolences to Kent’s entire family.

  35. Kent was one of the finest people I have ever known. I was privileged to know Kent as a person, as well as, a leader and to be part of his team.
    My deepest sympathy to Kent’s family. He was so proud of all of you.

  36. I had the tremendous pleasure of working with Kent since I started at SCL in 2003. He was one of those individuals that just made you feel like you could do the impossible. He worked tirelessly on behalf of the organization striving the make our systems and infrastructure they best they could be. Kent was always kind and supportive throughout the time we worked together but I will never forget the day he retired. We had a few moments to reminisce about the time we worked together and then embraced just before he left. Kent usually kept his emotions pretty close but that day I saw another side of him, that helped me to see how much he cared about the mission and each person he had worked with. God speed Kent. Heaven is blessed to have another angel like you. My thoughts and prayers are with the family during this difficult time. May you be comforted by his memory and the lasting impact he had on so many lives.

  37. I was deeply saddened to hear of Kent’s passing last week. Kent was an awesome and inspiring gentleman. I was fortunate to work on several projects with Kent from 2012 to 2019. He was my “weekend warrior” – always quick to respond with solutions to whatever issue needing resolution on a Saturday or Sunday for important projects on tights schedules. He always had a smile for anyone passing him in the hall at SCL Health. My sincere condolences to his family, you are in my prayers.

  38. We’re friends of Kent’s from Kansas and ownWallaby’s Grill & Pub in Lenexa. Kent will always be remembered as one of our first customers when we opened. He quickly became one of our best & most loyal regulars. He made many friends at Wallaby’s and was liked by all. We all hated to see him leave when he moved to Colorado and missed his friendship and seeing him on a regular basis. But when he came to town on business, he always stopped by to see everyone and was always welcomed back by all his friends as if he had never left. We just saw him a few weeks ago on his last visit here. We were all shocked and saddened to hear of his passing and will greatly miss his visits and friendship. We send our deepest sympathy & condolences to his family during this difficult and painful time.

  39. I am very sorry to learn about Kent’s passing. Such a shock and way too soon! He was delightful to work with — very well-grounded and likeable.

  40. I will miss you Kent! I so enjoyed our conversations about technology and about life. You were a joy during those long conversations and our many dinners together. I am sure you are entertaining those in heaven!

  41. My condolences to the Gaff Family. I was very fortunate to have worked with Kent for several years at SCL. He was an amazingly supportive man who loved technology and its challenges. I will always remember Kent’s caring spirit and our gardening “chats”.

  42. Condolences to Pat and the entire Gaff family. Working with Kent was always a joy. I remember him most for his love of his family. When asked what he was going to do on vacation or long weekends he would light up and say he was visiting his children and his grand children. His love for Pat and the family is what I will remember most about Kent.
    Blessings to Pat and the family. Kent and the family are in my prayers for peace and the love to shine forever.

  43. My thoughts and prayers for Kent and his family. I worked with Kent at the SCL Health Kansas office and he supported all of his employees and was very well respected. He will me truly missed.

  44. Prayers to Pat and the rest of Kent’s family. He was a great husband, boss and friend. We will be missed daily. Sincerely, Missy Duprey

  45. I knew Kent from the Kansas office. Even though I never worked directly with him, he was always kind to me. Even after he moved to Denver, if I would see him he always remembered me and said hello. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.

  46. While I only had the PRIVILEGE to work with Kent for only 1 year, I was able to quickly recognize the visionary and dedicated man (to his family and to his work) that he truly was. It didn’t take long for me to develop a deep sense of respect and admiration for the way he treated everyone that crossed his path, and also for the immense knowledge/ passion for IT.

    My sincere condolences to the Gaff family! Kent – I miss you boss! May God bless you and your family. Thank you for being Kent Gaff!! Until next meeting…..

  47. I have enjoyed reading the sentiments and memories shared by so many I recognize from Kent’s work family. I’m thankful for the opportunity to have worked for Kent for the past 8 years until he retired. And I’m grateful for the opportunity to have met up with him and others for a visit a few months back. He looked good, energized, at peace, and shared about his travels since retirement and upcoming plans with the family. As others have said Kent’s love of his family shined bright alongside his endless dedication to doing the work. He was a wonderful mentor and support for me in my work as a leader and as just another person who was so fortunate to have shared daily challenges and triumphs with him. In times of frustration he would often share his words of wisdom from the Indiana farm – “the cream always rises to the top – you just have to figure out who is shaking the damn bottle!” Wishing prayers of comfort to Pat and the rest of the family he loved dearly!

  48. It is with much sorrow and heaviness that I am forced to say goodbye to not only a long time coworker but to a true friend indeed. As a manager that I reported to directly, Kent truly earned and held the esteemed title in my mind of Best Corporate Manager of my entire working career! I thought it a blessing to work hard for him on the first day of my employment and after 15 years of his influence I thought it a continuing blessing to have worked for him and to have known him. Kent was definitely a kind and gentle person, but could still stand his ground with fervor when it came to his inner convictions. He was at the center of many outstanding technology achievements that many hospitals and clinics are enjoying to this day because of the diverse teams he was able to coalesce. And in the lingo of the computing professions, he was often the unsung “root cause” of many averted disasters, many conflict resolutions, many team successes!

    To the Gaff family, please accept my deepest condolences. It is my prayer that you continue to have many vivid and fond memories of Kent to propel you through this difficult time.

    Farewell Kent.

  49. Deepest condolences to the Gaff Family at Kent’s passing. I and the IT staff from Saint John’s Santa Monica (California) were privileged to work with him while our hospital was with SCL. He was so technically competent, great at engaging teams, and mastered the balance between corporate and local priorities. Our team is dispersed now, but we remember Kent and count it a blessing to have worked alongside him. Prayers for strength and peace during this time from Karen Oi, Robert Konishi (T2 Technology Group), Martha Ponce, Debby Ishihara, and Gigi Hauber.

  50. Dear Gaff Family,
    Kent was a true friend and partner…he always remembered that their was a patient behind information technology work. As a nurse, I remember calling him frequently and he always answered the call and helped me work through the issue of the day. He was a great man who did great things.

    Thank you for sharing him with his work family-we are all better for knowing him.

    May peace be with you all during this time.

  51. Kent was an amazing man to work for, and learn from. I consider him to have been a fantastic manager, mentor and friend. He was always available to answer any question no matter how trivial, and had a vested interest in seeing all of his subordinates develop into the leader he knew was in all of us.

    I cannot count the number of calls at odd hours, while working through issues, where suddenly Kent’s voice would sound out to validate the processes that were being worked on. The out of the blue instant message or email of congratulations on resolving a difficult issue, and then subtle advice to promote further growth in us. m

    Kent’s passing has hit all of us at SCL hard, as it has been like losing our own father. My prayers to Patti and the rest of the Gaff family.

  52. My life was certainly touched by having known Kent. He was a great leader and a great friend. I know he will be missed by many and I send positive, healing thoughts to the family.

  53. I went to High School with Kent. Kent was a very kind person and so much fun. I am so sad that he had such a short life. Kent accomplished a lot and certainly made a difference. A life that ended to soon.

    Prayers of comfort to his family.

    Linda Anglin

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