Kent Devlin


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Kent Devlin Kramer

Jul 21 1944 - Feb 21 2024

Ahola and A hui hou!

Kent D. Kramer, a revered presence in McKinney, Texas, peacefully departed this life on February 21, 2024, at the age of 79, surrounded by his cherished family. Kent's journey began on July 21, 1944, in Los Angeles, California but with strong Hawaiian roots.  Kent's life was a testament to God, family, and athletic prowess.

Kent's passion for football was ignited during his formative years at Temple City High School in Temple City, California, where he was selected as All-CIF in 1961, a testament to his dedication, leadership on the field, and most importantly his love of the game!

As a collegiate athlete, Kent pursued higher education at the University of Minnesota, where he distinguished himself as a standout tight end. His tenure at Minnesota laid the foundation for a remarkable career in the National Football League (NFL), where he donned the jerseys of esteemed teams such as the San Francisco 49ers, New Orleans Saints, Minnesota Vikings, and the Philadelphia Eagles. To the end, Kent proudly wore his Minnesota Viking Superbowl IV ring. Throughout his NFL career, Kent was endeared by fans and teammates alike, a Player Union representative, and solidifying his status as a respected figure in the league.

After football, Kent's entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish a successful business, Professional Sports Marketing and Practical Parent Education where his innovative vision and unwavering work ethic left an indelible mark on the industries. His contributions extended beyond the realm of sports, as he dedicated himself to enriching the lives of others through his philanthropic endeavors, NFL Alumni Charity Foundation, and unwavering commitment to his community.

Kent's life was not only marked by his remarkable professional achievements but also enriched by the deep and enduring bond he shared with his high school sweetheart and best friend, Kendra Bock. Their love story, which spanned six decades, reached a significant milestone on July 20, marking their 60th anniversary. This enduring partnership served as the bedrock of Kent's life, offering unwavering support and joy through every triumph and challenge.

Beyond his successful career, Kent embraced a life filled with extraordinary experiences. Having traveled an impressive 8 million miles with American Airlines for both business and pleasure, he explored the far reaches of the globe. We all know Kent's passions extended to his love for golf, his cherished hunting dogs, and the joy he found in his grandchildren. His love for golf took him to various courses worldwide, with Ireland, Scotland, and Lanai, Hawaii holding special places in his heart.

As we reflect on Kent's life, it's impossible to overlook the profound impact his grandchildren had on his golden years. Never missing a school event, Kent reveled in the joy and pride that came with being a loving Papa to his grandchildren. In celebrating Kent's incredible journey, we remember a life well-lived, filled with love, adventure, and a deep appreciation for the bonds that truly matter.

A devoted member of Our Savior Lutheran (OSL) Church in McKinney since 1979, Kent's faith was a guiding force in his life, shaping his values and inspiring his dedication to serving others.  At OSL he served many years as an Elder, Sunday School teacher, and active member.

As we bid farewell to a beloved husband, father, grandfather, dog lover, entrepreneur, and friend, let us celebrate a life richly lived—a life defined by passion, integrity, and an unwavering commitment to excellence. May his memory continue to inspire us all to pursue our dreams with courage and conviction, and may his soul find eternal peace in the embrace of the divine.

He is survived by his beloved wife, Kendra Kramer of McKinney, Texas; son, Kurt Kramer of Lucas, Texas, son, Kyle Kramer and wife, Kim of Kansas City, Missouri; daughter, Kelley Kramer-Perez and husband, Avino of Celina, Texas; five grandchildren, Haylee Kramer, Rylee Kramer, Kyra Kramer, Sierra Perez and Koen Kramer; dogs, Bear and Tilley of McKinney; sister, Karen Kramer of San Francisco, California; and numerous other loving family and cherished friends.

Kent was preceded in death by his mother, Velma Kramer Moore, and Uncle Fred and Auntie Kay Kramer. His final resting place will be in Oahu, Hawaii, with his family.

Ahola and A hui hou!

A funeral service will be held at 4:00 p.m., Monday, February 26, 2024 at Turrentine-Jackson-Morrow Funeral Home in Allen, Texas. The service will also be live streamed at the following link: The family will receive guests for a visitation from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Sunday evening at the funeral home.

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