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Obituary: Dr. Brent Andersen Laughlin

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Brent Andersen Laughlin passed away unexpectedly July 28, 2001 in the arms of his wife at their mountain cabin.

He was born Aug 28, 1951 to Eugene and Ruth S. Andersen Laughlin, who preceded him in death.

Brent is survived by his wife and soul-mate of 18 years, Sheila Stovall Laughlin; sisters, Annette (Loren) Burton, Salt Lake City, UT, Linda (Gary) Klumker, Sandy, UT; brother, David (Lynda) Laughlin, Green River, WY; and beloved animal companions, Mickey, Bhienny, Towzer, Rio.

As a licensed clinical social worker, he earned the following degrees: BA in Psychology, Master's degree in Social Work, and Ph.D. in Special Education, all from the University of Utah. He was a member of Kappa Phi Honor Society and previously served on the U of U Graduate School of Social Work Alumni Board. Brent was the President and founder of Winterlake Associates, a consortium of therapists serving individuals with disabilities.

Previous positions include Clinical Director of Intercept; Therapist with Associated Clinical and Counseling Psychologists; Director of Clinical and Research Services - Division of Services for People with Disabilities; Adjunct Faculty - University of Utah; Implementation Specialist - Division of Services to the Handicapped; Director of Residential Services and Grant Coordinator - Columbus Community Center. He was a popular presenter and the author of numerous journal articles, manuals and professional publications. He also served on the Governor's Committee for the Handicapped.

Few people have had such a profound positive influence on the world as Brent. With a caring, sensitive, unselfish nature, and sense of humor, his entire career was devoted to serving people with disabilities.

Brent enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid cyclist, hiker and animal lover. A talented drummer, he loved rock 'n roll, travel and especially movies. Hobbies demonstrated his artistic talents through stained glass, woodworking, drawing and photography.

Brent's devotion to his aging parents and unconditional love for his family was remarkable. Words cannot express the family's love and devotion for this incredibly great man.

A celebration of a life so well lived will be Wed. Aug 1, 2 p.m. at the Larkin Mortuary, 260 E. South Temple, Salt Lake City, UT. Friends are invited to call Tues. 6-8 p.m. and one hour prior to the service Wed. at the same location.

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