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BRENT ROBERT MACNAB
August 1968 ~ July 2012
"Lift up your hearts and peace to thee.
God wanted me now; He set me free."
Brent Robert MacNab, 43, of Vancouver, WA, died July 2012 in a car accident in the mountains of San Diego. He was born on Aug. 6, 1968 to Robert and Vernagene (Henzel) MacNab and graduated from Mountain View High School in 1986.
Brent received a BA at Portland State University and his MBA and PhD from the University of Hawaii at Manoa. He was a two-time Fulbright Scholar (2002 and 2003) and a published author.
Brent was a professor in International Business at the University of Sydney, Australia.
He was an avid outdoorsman who loved to surf, hike, and explore the scenic places of Washington, California, Hawaii, and Australia. Brent embraced his Scottish heritage by competing in the Portland Highland Games as well as by playing the bagpipes and other unique instruments; like the didgeridoo and the pan flute. He was a painter, a poet, a writer, an engaging educator, and a kind and loving human being.
Brent was a loving husband, father, son, brother, and friend with a wry sense of humor, bright eyes, a great smile, a sharp intellect, and a true sense of adventure. He will be sorely missed.
Brent is survived by his wife, Susan; his five-year-old son, Jacob; parents, Robert and Vernagene MacNab; sister, Heather MacNab Holter; uncles and aunts, Thurston and Judy Henzel, Sam and Julie Henzel, David and Joann Henzel and Michael MacNab; his in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews; and a diverse collection of friends and colleagues.
He was preceded in death by grandparents, Peter and Helen MacNab and Ben and Edith Henzel.
A memorial service will be held Sat., Aug. 11, 2012 at 11:30 a.m. at New Heights Church (main branch), 7913 NE 58th Ave., Vancouver, WA with a reception following. "Aloha" shirts and/or other native attire are encouraged to honor Brent's love of the Hawaiian people and culture.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to either Brent's son Jacob's college fund via www.rememberbrent.com, or to Open House Ministries, 900 West 12th St., Vancouver, WA 98666.
Please sign his guestbook at: www.columbian.com/obits.
Published in The Columbian on August 9, 2012