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Jayne Kent Kempton

01/25/1936 - 09/22/2015
Service Date: 09/26/2015
Service Time: 10:30 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Three Fountains Ward, 1852 N. Stapley Drive, Mesa, Arizona

Jayne Kent Kempton, 79, lovingly known as “Grandma Jayne”, passed away peacefully on September 22, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona.

She was born on January 25, 1936 in Mesa, Arizona to Dr. Melvin Lloyd and Editha Smith Kent. She was the youngest of 3 children: brother Dr. Horace Kent, and sister Marilyn “Terry” Kent Clawson. Growing up in Mesa, Jayne graduated from Mesa High School, where she later returned as a Home Economics teacher following her graduation from Arizona State University. She married Wayne J. Brown in 1958 and together they had 4 children: Elizabeth Brown Solomon (Wade), Sarah Ann Brown, Martin Wayne Brown (Steffani), Patrick Kent Brown (Melisha).

In 1984, she wed Albert Newell “Newt” Kempton in the Mesa Arizona Temple. She and Newt enjoyed serving for many years in the Mesa Temple and together served a full time mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Missouri. Her legacy lives on through her children, 15 grandchildren, and 4 great grandchildren. She is also survived by her sister Terry (Charles) Clawson, and numerous nieces and nephews. Jayne was predeceased by her parents, her brother Horace, daughter Sarah and her beloved husband Newt.

Services will be held on Saturday, September 26th 2015 at the LDS Chapel on 1852 N. Stapley Dr. Mesa, AZ 85203 at 10:30 am, with a viewing at 9:30 am. Interment will be in the Mesa City Cemetery with arrangements provided by Bunker’s Garden Chapel.


  • Lee Smith of Fallon, Nevada, a Smith cousin

    Dear Jayne, I wish I had known you better. Now I send sympathy to those who are grieving your passing .

  • Elizabeth and family, I am so sorry to see this. She looks like she was a great woman and if she’s anything like you, then it must be true. I pray our Heavenly Father will bring you peace and comfort in the knowledge of where she has gone and that you will see and be with her again. Ellen

  • I have always loved you “Little Jayne”. My love and sympathies to all your family at this time of grieving. Aren’t we so very grateful for the knowledge we have of where she is and that we will someday see her again. I am so grateful for the time I had with her at our Cousin Reunion this past winter. Cousin Gerry

  • Roman and Nancy Darien

    Jayne was and is a great woman-she was a great neighbor to us when we lived on 6th Place. She was not a person that had the need to be in the spotlight, but was always a caring person and loved her family so much. May your memories comfort you in this difficult time.

    Roman and Nancy Darien

  • To Mrs. Kempton’s family, I’m very sorry for your loss. I wanted to offer you some comfort that I’ve found in the Bible. In John 11:25 Jesus said “I am the resurrection and the life. The one who exercises faith in me, even though he dies, will come to life.” It’s my hope that you can draw comfort and strength from this promise that we can see the loved ones we have lost again.

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