ALAMOSA — Dr. Kent Whitford Myers was born in Alamosa on Aug. 6, 1949.
As the eldest of four siblings, Kent was a role model to his two brothers, Carl and Jeff; and sister, Michele. His mother, Helen Myers, and father, Whitford Myers, were both respected judges and raised them in small-town Alamosa.
Kent was known for being a rare child who was bright, focused, and truly serious about attaining his objectives.
He demonstrated this as an accomplished athlete in a variety of sports, including football, track, diving and especially judo.
More importantly, Kent knew from an early age that he wanted to be a doctor and excelled academically and was accepted into Johns Hopkins University. Kent completed undergraduate studies at Colorado State University in 1971 and achieved his goal of becoming Dr. Kent Myers, MD upon graduating from medical school from the University of Utah in 1975. He completed his Residency at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which started his career as a certified practitioner of family and geriatric medicine for over 40 years. It was in Nebraska that Dr. Myers met his wife, Cynthia, and married in 1979. They raised three children — Michelle, Ryan, and Kevin — in Scottsbluff where Kent opened a clinic in nearby Morrill.
The family moved to Arizona in 1990 adding to the family with three grand children, Mackenzie, Merrick, and Korah; and great grand-daughter Moa.
In Arizona, Kent earned a reputation as a brilliant geriatric medical doctor assisting patients out of clinics and hospitals in Sun City.
Dr. Myers also was commonly referred to as Sensei Myers as he spent his life teaching judo and was widely respected as an exceptional teacher.
Kent started judo at age 11 and earned a career- long goal of Rokudan — sixth- degree black belt — after contributing over 50 years to the judo community.
Dr. Myers joined Midwestern University as an associate professor where he wrote the curriculum and taught courses in general medicine and physical diagnosis for over a decade.
He was passionate about being a doctor and teaching, which is why Kent felt fortunate to spend his final years with the Podiatric Medicine program. He knew there wasn’t anything he would enjoy more than teaching and his Alzheimer’s research after he retired from practicing medicine.
Dr. Kent Myers, MD, passed away Jan. 11, 2020. In addition to his loving family, he leaves behind a legacy of knowledge that will live on forever in the medical and judo communities.Memorial Service will be Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020 at 2 p.m. at Royal Oaks 10015 W. Royal Oak Road, Sun City, Ariz., 85351.