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Dent loved cars, practical jokes

A celebration of life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 23, at the Nevada City Elks Lodge, 518 Highway 49 North, for James “Jim” Dent.

Mr. Dent, beloved father, husband, son and brother, passed away June 13, in Grass Valley, from complications of an injury suffered June 11. He was 50.

The lifelong resident of the Sacramento area and middle child of five, Mr. Dent was born Oct. 12, 1956, in Roseville, and graduated from Bella Vista High School. Coming from an extremely close family, Mr. Dent’s favorite pastime at family gatherings was being the family’s practical joker. Mr. Dent provided endless hours of entertainment with his tall tales from his “many lives lived before.” He would often begin his stories by saying “when I was a submarine captain” or “when I worked on the U boat during World War II.” He also played many tricks on his young great-niece.

A man of his hands, Mr. Dent spent most of his working life in construction and recently started his own company, Northern Sierra Homes, which built homes in the eastern Sacramento area. A carpenter, he had a love for woodworking, constructing many priceless wood boxes and clocks throughout his lifetime.

Mr. Dent had an immense passion for cars. Before his death, he was busy constructing a garage to house his two Mustangs, his 1940 Ford and 1957 Thunderbird. His membership in the Northern California Cruisers and Roamin Angels Car Clubs brought him many years of joy.

Although cars won much of Mr. Dent’s affection, his devotion was first and foremost to the people around him. Giving all of himself whenever anyone needed anything, Mr. Dent affected the many lives of his family and friends.

Mr. Dent is survived by his loving wife, Lydia Mayberry; son, James Jr.; parents Louise and Jim Dent; sister, Gail Neeley; brothers Ronald, Kenneth and David Dent; and a huge extended family. He was a social butterfly and will be missed by many.

In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that contributions be made to the American Association for Cancer Research or to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

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