Brent Clinton Girton

February 17, 1973 ~ January 9, 2018

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Brent C. Girton, 44, Brandon, died Tuesday, January 9, 2018, suddenly and unexpectedly, at the Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls.

Funeral Services will be 1:00pm, Friday, January 12, 2018, at Heartland Funeral Home with Visitation beginning at 11:30am. Burial will follow at the Lennox Cemetery.

Brent was born February 17, 1973 to Earl and Becky (Smith) Girton and raised in Sioux Falls, graduating from Washington High School in 1991. He attended South Dakota State University, and graduated in 1998 with a pharmacy degree. On August 11, 1995, Brent married Laura Hanssen in Sioux Falls. The couple was blessed with two beautiful children that he was very proud of. Brent worked first for Lewis Drug in Brandon for 12 years and was currently employed with Cigna Tel Drug.

Brent was a softball pitcher, loved to play cards and hunt. He was an animal lover. Many of his favorite family trips were to Reptile Gardens near Rapid City, South Dakota, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium, and to California, Hawaii and Alaska. Many enjoyed his dry sense of humor.

Brent was a believer and found Christ in the fall of 1998. He had a very strong faith.

Brent will be deeply missed by his children, Anthony and Sarah Girton, Garretson; his parents, Earl and Becky (Smith) Girton, Sioux Falls; and one brother, Brooks Girton, Modesto, CA.

Brent was preceded in death by his grandparents and one uncle, Clark.

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  • Rich Blue IV says:

    Blessings to you all. I went to school with Brent and Brooks, and enjoyed catching up with Brent when he moved to Brandon and I would see him at the pharmacy. He always had a smile, and was so proud to talk about his kids.

  • Darren King says:

    Brent was one of the most unselfish compassionate men I had ever met. He always put other before himself, praying for others that he noticed were struggling, even when that person didn’t know. He was the type of guy that would do absolutely anything for a friend. He would always drop everything to help out wherever he was needed and would have no complaints. Throughout his journey in this life, he has touched the hearts of many many people and made this place we live a brighter place. Now he is in a place where there are no struggles, no pain, no tears. Just peace Joy and happiness for eternity. you will be missed my brother my friend.

  • Marlene and Bob Nelson says:

    Our deepest sympathy to you Becky and Earl. You will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days and weeks ahead. So sorry for the loss of your son.

  • Adelpha says:

    Beck and Earl, my heart is breaking for you!! No words can express the sorrow. Prayers for you and Brents loved ones!

  • Marilyn Johansen Grage says:

    Becky and Family I am sorry for your loss. My sister Marlene Nelson called this morning to tell me of your son’s death. My prayers for you and your family. My deepest sympathy, Marilyn

  • I was so sorry to read this, he left this earth much too early. He worked with our daughter who also is a pharmacist at Brandon.
    God bless and comfort his family and hold them in His comforting arms. Know that our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Carol and Virge Mikkelsen

  • Gary & Barb ohnstad says:

    Our deepest sympathy to Earl & Becky and to Laura! We were neighbors for many years in his childhood.

  • Frankie Chen says:

    I worked with Brent when he started at Cigna. We ended up in different departments after a few years, but he continued to work with my late husband, Grant Stahl, who passed away in May. Brent was very caring and reached out to us when Grant was ill. I’m forever grateful for that. We will miss Brent. We do rejoice, though, that he is forever with our Lord and Savior!

  • Dale & Judy Bergh says:

    Dear Family, Our hearts ache with your hearts. So glad we got to know Brent in our lifetime. He surely had a care for others and especially for his children. He knew the things that mattered most in this life for the future life. We will miss him. Our sympathy to you all.

  • We are so sorry for you all. We have many good memories of family outings together. We think of the hymn that says “When my heart is heavy burdened, and I cannot understand, what I have no power over, I will leave in Jesus’ hands.” Our deepest sympathy.

  • Mark Church says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Brent, he was a great ma. and I was honored to have spent time as a co-worker of his. Blessings for his family and loved ones.

  • Kristi says:

    It has been many years since I worked with Brent but he was always a kind and helpful upbeat person. Thoughts and prayers to the family at this difficult time.

  • Cindy Davis says:

    I have been so sad for you and pray for God’s help through this tragedy. I am glad you have the comfort of his faith and Steve and I will pray for God’s help through your grief. Brent was a great Dad and a great son!

  • Dawn Van Hoepen (Ribstein) says:

    My deepest condolences and prayers for Brent’s family. I remember Brent fondly from my years at Cigna. He was most kind, helpful, and humorous- and we played many practical jokes on one another.
    May God’s peace and strength surround you at this time, and loving memories flood your hearts and minds.
    I give thanks to our Heavenly Father that Brent is a believer!

  • Shawn Ohnstad says:

    Words cannot express my deepest sympathies to the Girton’s. Spent many hours of my youth playing and hanging out. From outdoor sports to board games when weather was bad as well as the time spent at the card shop on other side of town when we would convince our parents to give us a ride to spend every last penny we earned since the last visit on more baseball cards. We may have lost connection as we grew older but I will never forget those younger days. God bless

  • Dick Moss says:

    Very sorry for your loss.
    Brent was a true inspiration and mentor to me. He took the time to listen, provide support, and to be a living example to me.
    We will miss his dry humor and his compassion for others.
    Rest In Peace, Brother.

  • Bobbie Larsen says:

    Earl and Becky I am so saddened to read abount Brent.My dad Delmar Lamb spent many hours in your family’s lives.My daughter went to SDSU at the same time as Brent.

  • John Koeck says:

    Brent touched the lives of so many people, especially in the last 10 years. He was a wonderful father, putting his children first, and loved them with all his heart. Brent was the founder of a 12-Step group that was new to the Sioux Falls area. That fellowship has grown in great numbers over the past nine years. He started a weekly meeting with just 1-2 members, but over the years the fellowship has grown tremendously and there are now three meetings per week. Brent sponsored numerous recovering addicts and helped them heal and grow closer to God. Brent, I will miss you greatly. Thank you for being a wonderful friend! I look forward to seeing you again in paradise with our Lord and Savior!

  • brian hagler says:

    I met Brent and Brooks, in 1984, after moving to Sioux Falls from Sioux City. Both brothers, were great friends. As life would have it, I didn’t keep in contact. We talked, briefly, in the past few years on social media. We shared our Faith experience and I’m so happy, Christ called Brent into His fold. Sorry to the family for the loss.

  • Paul Anderson says:

    Earl, Becky and Brooks, Its hard to believe. So sorry for your loss. I remember when you guys were born Brooks…seems like only a few weeks ago. I am thrilled to find out that Brent had found peace with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Such a comfort at a time like this.
    Earl and Becky you have a hole in your hearts that can never be filled. I will continue to pray for your comfort.
    I am reminded of Philippians 4:7 And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding , will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.
    Stay the course all of you. It seems that Brent would have wanted that.
    Love you all.

  • Myron Kargel says:

    Earl and Becky ….. I find that I am still in dis-belief over Brent. Please allow yourselves time to fully grieve this out, from experience I say: hold nothing back. Nancy and I have our three children and understand how hard this would be.
    So good to see that Brent was ready to meet his Lord and Savior. The message of Jesus is: Never leave this earth without him.
    In times like this, I am so glad we have maintained our close relationship all these years.

  • Kelly Hicks says:

    Anthony and Sarah, so sorry for your loss. Sean really enjoyed the time he spent with you and your dad. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Anthony Girton says:

    My dad was an amazing person and father. Even though he had his faults he still strove to be better than them. I will miss him greatly. Rest in peace dad.

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