Founder of Jent's House of Music dies at age 86 - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/15/09

Founder of Jent's House of Music dies at age 86

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Music lovers across Texas is mourning the loss of the founder of Jent's House of Music.

Ray Jent, 86, died on December 11th, 2009. For 48-years, Mr. Jent worked closely with the school band directors and local music teachers to ensure that his inventory and services matched their needs.

NewsChannel 11 spoke to Mr. Jent's daughter on Tuesday. "He was probably the best dad in the whole world," says Jent's daughter, Karen Jent Pollard. "He was a veteran of World War II. ... he was icon in the music industry and in our musical community."

Jent sought to bring service to the Lubbock, Texas, community when he opened a music retail store just after serving in World War II.

In July of 1961 Jent opened the business on a shoestring budget at it's current location on 34th Street. He only owned a portion of the building at first and kept buying more and more square footage inside the same building over the years.

He continued with this focus over the decades, which in part explains why Jent's Music continues to grow and develop.

Services for Mr. Jent will be held on Wednesday, December 16th at 10:00 a.m. at Oakwood Methodist Church in Lubbock, Texas.

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