Harold Kent Oborn

March 20, 1945 ~ September 23, 2020 (age 75)



On the evening of September 23, 2020, Kent Oborn, age 75, came home from another day driving a school bus for special needs children in Alpine School District.  While sitting in his favorite chair on the backyard patio, Kent lost consciousness.  Despite the valiant efforts made by his wife of 50 years, Sharyl, and emergency personnel, he could not be revived. He left this life quickly and painlessly.

Kent Oborn was born on March 20, 1945, in Payson, Utah.  He was the youngest of five children born to Norman and Afton Oborn. At age 3 he contracted Polio and was healed at the hands of Elder Harold B Lee, one of many miracles of Kent's life. As a teenager he attended Payson High School where he became a decorated athlete in multiple sports: Football (All-American), Basketball (All-State), Track & Field (100m All-State), and Baseball. After graduating from Payson High School in 1963, Kent received a scholarship to play football at Brigham Young University, where he set the record for longest put return (94 yards) and led the Cougars to their first ever WAC Championship in 1965.

After college Kent served a two-year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to the Irish Mission.  Following his mission he was admitted to the Physical Therapy Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles where he went on to earn his Physical Therapy degree.

On November 21, 1969, Kent married his high school sweetheart and fellow BYU and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles graduate, Sharyl Hermansen, in the Salt Lake City Temple. After graduation they made their new home in the Los Angeles area, where they were blessed with three children: Patrick, Gale, and Spencer. In 1975 Kent and Sharyl moved the family to Diamond Bar, California, where all three kids grew up and graduated high school. During this time Kent started a physical therapy company with two partners called OTA Physical Therapy, which focused on sports rehabilitation and convalescent care.  Kent was a natural at making friends, helping the elderly, and quickly became one of the most popular therapists in the industry. Kent also was an active youth soccer coach, baseball coach, and basketball player in the local LDS Church basketball league. While competitive, he always strived to make sure everyone had fun and opportunities to participate.

In June of 2013 Kent and Sharyl left the physical therapy profession and moved to Cedar Hills, Utah, where Kent picked up his dream job: driving a bus for Alpine School District. Like in his previous job, Kent got to work with those who required extra love and attention: special needs children. Kent was easy to love and liberally gave it to all who he encountered. His eagerness to volunteer and help others were the hallmarks of his life.  Kent had many interests, most of which revolved around watching his grandchildren participate in sports: football, baseball, volleyball and more. He was known for never missing a game and was a consistently familiar face in the stands for his kids and grandkids.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Sharyl (Cedar Hills), their three children, Patrick (Debbie) Oborn of Pleasant Grove, Gale Oborn of Temecula, CA, and Spencer (Angie) Oborn of Yorba Linda, CA, his older brother Lynn Oborn (Montgomery, AL), his brother-in-law Carl Ingersoll (American Fork), and his sister-in-law Pam Oborn (Provo). He is also survived by his ten grandchildren: Morgan, Elizabeth, Anna, and Kate Johnson, Luca and Olivia Licata, Gavin, Darien, Grace, and Jake Oborn. He is preceded in death by his parents: Norman and Afton Oborn, and his siblings: Ralph Oborn, Gene Oborn Ingersoll, and Gordon Oborn.

A public viewing for Kent will be held Sunday, September 27, 2020 (masks required) from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Olpin Family Mortuary, 494 South 300 East, Pleasant Grove.  Due to Covid-19, a private family funeral will be held Monday, September 28, 2020 at 10:00 a.m. in the Manila 9th Ward Chapel located at 3396 North 900 West, Pleasant Grove. (Friends may stream the funeral service via link at top of obituary). Ward members, friends and associates are invited to the dedication of the grave in the Payson City Cemetery, 400 North 800 East State, Payson, Utah at 12:00 p.m. Following the dedication, there will be a luncheon held at 1:15 p.m. at the Manila 9th Ward Building for family and friends. Condolences may be sent to the family at 

To honor Kent's life of quiet service and help to those in need, Telarus has set up a legacy fund called the Kent Oborn Memorial Fund.  If you'd like to donate to this fund to help those struggling with life's challenges, go to


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Recording of Service


September 27, 2020

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Olpin Family Mortuary
494 South 300 East
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062

September 28, 2020

12:00 PM
Payson City Cemetery
800 East 400 North
Payson, UT 84651

Private Family Services
September 28, 2020

Manila Ninth Ward Chapel
3785 West Box Elder DR. Cedar Hills, Utah (4000 North Canyon Road)
Cedar Hills, UT 84062

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