Brent Michael Gillis

Brent Michael Gillis passed away of a heart attack while rafting on the Sevier River on Friday, June 22, 2018.  He was born on September 10, 1952 in Reno, Nevada to William Grant Gillis and Nancy Heher Gillis.  He grew up in Lancaster, California where he graduated from Paraclete High School and attended Antelope Valley Community College. In 1972 Brent moved to Cedar City where he met and married Gail Sibley.

In Cedar City Brent and his brother Grant Gillis started Gillis Construction, Sunrise Concrete and Sun Ready Mix. Later the brothers worked for Cates Construction in Lancaster where they built 26 schools, a theater, library and several other buildings. After moving back to Cedar City, Brent was proud to work for Nichols Building LLC. Brent loved his work, hiking, river rafting and spending time with family and friends.

Brent was preceded in death by his wife Gail. He is survived by his companion Patty Neiman, step-son David Eric Wilson, brother Grant Gillis, sisters Sheila Eustice and Molly Machin. Brent also leaves behind his nephew Daniel Gillis and nieces Diane and Denise Machin.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. at the Enoch West Stake Center (3575 N Minersville Hwy, Enoch, UT). A viewing took place prior to the memorial at the church at 10:30 a.m.  Brent’s ashes will be scattered on the Virgin River later in the year. Online condolences can be sent at

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