Brenton J. Palin

  • Born: February 25, 1939
  • Died: February 28, 2019
  • Location: The Hills, Texas

Weed-Corley-Fish Funeral Home Lake Travis

411 Ranch Rd. 620 S.
Lakeway, TX 78734
Tel. (512) 263-1511

Tribute & Message From The Family

Brenton J. Palin
1939 – 2019

PALIN, Brenton J. passed away very unexpectedly on February 28th, surrounded by his family. He was 80 years old. Brent was an amazing human, husband, father, mentor and friend- filled with integrity and a goodness that few humans rivaled. He was quick to laugh, gave the best hugs, was an artful listener, a man of his word and his generosity knew no bounds. A native Minnesotan, Brent loved the lakes and all Minnesota sports. Brent received his degree from The University of Minnesota, and also attended law school there. He had vision and launched a career in the technology industry where he ascended the ranks of Control Data Corporation, Seagate Technology and Datalink as a senior executive in Sales and Marketing. Brent met the love of his life, Roseanne, and promptly married her on June 26th, 1965. He knew she was the one and they were soulmates for almost 54 years. He also proudly served in the U.S. Army, and was the son of a WWII veteran. Brent's career took the family to Massachusetts and Texas- where they made a wonderful life and raised their two children. He became a full-fledged Texan, during his 44 years here and delighted in all things Texas- especially Austin. Brent had a very strong faith which was foundational to his life and his family. He loved music, was an incredibly talented whistler and harmonizer, and enjoyed good wine. Most of all Brent loved his family. His wife, kids and four grandchildren were the center of his universe. He has left an amazing legacy for his family and friends who were fortunate enough to hear his wisdom, receive his hugs, share his laughter, and witness how he lived. We will carry those memories forward with us. Brent is preceded in death by his parents, Clare and Genevieve Palin; and his brother-in-law Joseph O'Connell. He is survived by his loving wife, Roseanne Palin. His children, Chris Palin and wife Tes, of Austin, TX; Carrie Palin Sandstad and husband Jesse, of Burlingame, CA. His siblings, Paula O'Connell and Jim and Lynn Palin. He was blessed with four grandchildren, who could do no wrong in his eyes; Ava Palin, Clare Palin, Jack Sandstad and Sloane Sandstad. A memorial mass will be held to celebrate Brent's life on Saturday March 16th 2019, at 1:00pm at Emmaus Catholic Church, 1718 Lohmans Crossing Rd, Lakeway, TX 78734. Reception to follow.


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was so sad to hear this - Brent and Roseanne were the most welcoming people to us when we moved and started our family in the neighborhood 21 years ago. They reached out, engaged us and always had time for a kind word. I miss seeing him walking in the neighborhood or up at the gym or park. His generosity, openness, humor and encouragement made us feel at home. Our prayers and love to Roseanne and his family.

Posted by Tammy Spooner - The Hills, TX - Neighbor   March 16, 2019

Brent was a true gentleman and scholar. I had the pleasure of working with Brent at Crossroads Systems 20 years ago -- and again as a Partner while he was at Datalink.

While a serious businessman, Brent's approach and demeanor were always positive, coaching, encouraging -- with a great sense of humor.

He was also a really good friend who always made himself available to meet for coffee to talk about this business and personal. He was also a devoted and proud husband -- from the day I met him, his wife Roseanne was ever-present by his side and in his stories and anecdotes.

I deeply regret that I have not seen Brent as much in recent years, and my heart goes out to Roseanne, Carrie and the entire Palin family.

Posted by Mark Fitzmaurice - Austin, TX   March 12, 2019

Brent was a kind, smart and excellent leader. I had the good fortune to meet and work for him at the beginning of my career. He was a top notch mentor and friend. He will be missed. My prayers go out to Roseanne, Carrie and Brent's family.

Posted by Gwen Sargent - Asheville, NC   March 12, 2019

Posted by GWENETH SARGENT - Asheville, NC   March 12, 2019

I worked with Brent at Seagate Technologies. Although he was my superior, he treated everyone with respect and as an equal. I learned so much working with him and always admired him. Brent was a fine person. My prayers go out to his family.

Posted by Kathy Wood - Austin, TX - Coworker   March 11, 2019

I had the distinct honor of working with Brent during his tenure at Datalink. He was one of those people that was a joy to work with. He was smart, witty, and a man of integrity. My heart goes out to you and your family. God bless!

Posted by Brent Miller - Minneapolis, MN - Coworker   March 11, 2019

I was very sad to hear of Brent's passing. I have fine memories of Brent during my working career. He was a mentor to me and someone I looked up too. He was one of the best managers I ever had.

Posted by Dave Brancato - Houston, TX - Coworker   March 11, 2019

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