RENO, Nev., (8-26-2007) Longtime Nevada business executive and
community activist Brent Tyler passed away at Renown Medical Center
in Reno on August 15. He was 79.
Brent Eugene Tyler was born
in Thatcher, Ariz., on May 29, 1928.
He served in the U.S. Navy and was stationed in Hawaii as an air traffic
controller from 1946 to 1948.
In 1950, Brent and the former
Anne Higley eloped to Reno, Nevada. They had been college sweethearts.
He earned a bachelor's degree in accounting from the University of Nevada
He had a 30-year career as the top-producing sales executive of Young
Electric Sign Company (YESCO) which built the current downtown Reno
Arch among many other neon landmarks.
In the late 1950's, Brent co-owned the Minden Drag Strip. His passion
for building and racing dragsters landed him a feature article in Hot
Rod magazine as one of the original promoters of the sport.
Brent ran for the Reno City Council in 1967. He advanced through the
primary but was defeated by Claude Hunter in the general election, 6125
to 5303 (54%-46%).
While he was not successful in his bid for public office, he never got
politics or public service out of his blood. Over a 30-year period,
he helped countless Northern Nevada candidates and organizations.
His lifelong interest in the political arena led him to establish Trendtab,
a marketing research firm which he operated for three decades. He conducted
extensive polling for both commercial and political clients.
He was a longtime member of the Wells Avenue Gang, which was established
by and for longtime residents of old central Reno. The organization
hosted annual reunions at Pickett Park located across the street from
Washoe Medical Center (now known as Renown).
Upon retiring from YESCO and after the passing of his beloved wife of
nearly 50 years, he turned his focus to public service, volunteering
for a wide range of community organizations.
Tyler served for several years as a full-time VISTA volunteer with the
Washoe County Senior Law Project.
He spearheaded the effort to establish Yori Park.
He chaired the statewide Nevada
Renters Hotline, a non-profit, non-governmental organization
which advocates for renters' rights and consumer issues.
Brent took great pride in joining his son, Joe, in his work to help
the mentally ill thru the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Northern
Nevada. Brent and Joe produced and appeared on a half-hour television
program on mental health issues which ran on Reno-Sparks Community Access
Along with his son Bret,
he helped incorporate a low income, non-profit mobile home park in Lockwood,
Nev., east of Sparks-Reno.
Brent is survived by his sons, Joe (wife, Bunchie) of Reno and Bret
(wife, Faith) of Lockwood; daughter, former State. Sen. Stephanie
Tyler-Jackson, R-Reno (husband, James Jackson of Las Vegas), and grandchildren
Ryan and Nicole Tyler (son, Nathan).
All of Brent's children were influenced by their father's love of public
service and politics.
A memorial service is planned for 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2007,
at Rancho San Rafael in northwest
Remembrances and photos may be e-mailed to Andrew
Barbano and will be permanently posted at resurge.us.
His family will send any
donations in his name to the National
Alliance on Mental Illness of Northern Nevada, an organization
he co-founded. Checks may be mailed to 14 Eagle Chase Ct., Henderson,
Before the Tuesday, Sept.
3, memorial, flowers may be delivered to 1240 Curti Dr., Reno, NV 89502,
in care of Mrs. Poe. The family will transport them to Rancho
San Rafael for the Tuesday remembrance.
For further details, please
contact Bret Tyler at (775) 342-2930.
Brent touched many people
with a heart that grew larger with every passing year.
He leaves behind a legacy of caring for those who could not advocate