Memorial service for Donald Bently is Oct. 18
October 2, 2012
A public viewing is 4-8 p.m. Thursday in Gardnerville for professional engineer, industry pioneer, philanthropist and business man Donald Emory Bently, 87, who died Monday at his home.The viewing will be held at Walton’s Funeral Home, 1521 Church St. A memorial service is 10 a.m. Oct. 18 at St. Gall Catholic Church.Born in Muscatine, Iowa on Oct. 18, 1924, he served in World War II as a Seabee, making four major amphibious landings in the Pacific theater. He attended the University of Iowa to receive a bachelors of science in electrical engineering in 1949, followed by an masters of science in electrical engineering in 1950. Mr. Bently began operating a small business, Bently Scientific Co., out of his garage in Berkeley, Calif., in 1956. He would create a new global industry as well as an entirely new field of engineering. He moved his fledging company to Minden in October 1961 and re-named it Bently Nevada Corp. His ability to bridge the gap between laboratory success and commercial success resulted in substantial growth of the business. By the time he sold Bently Nevada to GE Energy in 2002, the company had 2,000 employees worldwide and operated from more than 100 offices in 42 countries.He founded many other successful Nevada businesses, including Bently Pressurized Bearing Company, Bently Tribology Services, Bently Agrowdynamics, Bently Biofuels,Gibson Tool & Supply, and RoMaDyn, a mechanical engineering services and diagnostics company. In each of these endeavors, Mr. Bently stressed a core business value that he dubbed the “enlightened use of resources.” This ethical standard entails the efficient use of renewable resources, avoiding the waste of natural resources, and the conservative use of corporate resources to provide the best overall win for customers, company, employees, and the environment. In his own words, “It has been said that if you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything. That is how it is with principles. Early in my career I decided that I would be absolutely true to my principles. In the end, I have never regretted adhering as closely as I know how to a set of timeless principles.” Mr. Bently was a well-known philanthropist, working to preserve the natural beauty of Nevada’s Carson Valley region via his love of agriculture and ranching. To the end of his days, he was a forward-thinking individual who tirelessly labored to innovate green technologies and to conserve the natural beauty of Nevada’s Carson Valley. Further, in addition to countless local programs, Mr. Bently gave to multiple schools, and contributed to the U. S. Navy Seabee Museum at Port Hueneme, Calif.