He was a 1966 graduate of Barberton High School then served 3 years in the U.S. Marine Corp serving one tour of Viet Nam, six months in Cuba and the remainder of his time at Camp LeJune, N.C. as the base mailman and mascot handler. He was employed at Babcock and Wilcox in Barberton prior to moving his family to Southern California in 1973. There he went to work for Todd Shipyard in San Pedro, Calif. He built oil tankers, barges for the Alaska pipeline and did repairs on the original Love Boat of T.V. fame. He built 15 missle launcher frigets for the U.S. Navy, the first one being the USS Ruben James which starred in the movie “Hunt for Red October”. He then began working at the U.S. Navy shipyard in Long Beach where he walked the decks of the WW II battleships USS Missouri and the USS New Jersey. He then began working in the Aerospace industry as an aircraft assembler with McDonnell Douglas in Long Beach. There he built the first C-17 air cargo transport for the U.S. Air Force. After 3 years he was promoted to production manager in the wing department. He also owned a swimming pool maintainence service with his most memorable customer being Robert Reed who played Mr. Brady on the TV show “The Brady Bunch”, was a mobile notary public, operated a driving/traffic school and was a trucking broker here in Ohio.
He was married to Elizabeth (Rader) Vasquez who preceded him in death from cancer in 1994. They met in the seventh grade and were married in April of 1966. In addition to his mother he is survived by his 3 children Trent Vasquez, Jr. of Strasburg, Ronnette Vasquez and Brent (April) Vasquez both of Bakersville, California; a sister Yolette Boatwright of Dover; a brother Dallas (Yvonne) Vasquez of Cape Coral, Fla.; 4 grandchildren and 3 foster grandchildren and aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews throughout Ohio, W.Va., Florida and California.
His favorite past time was fishing and hunting. Having received God's Grace of Salvation through his faith in Jesus Christ he now rests peacefully in the everlasting arms of God.
Funeral services for Trent will be held Tuesday May 22, 2012 at 11:00 AM in the Lebold-Smith Funeral Home at 248 Park Ave. Bolivar. Pastor John Lee Will officiate and burial will follow in Lakewood Cemetery at Barberton where Wadsworth V.F.W. Lodge #1089 will conduct military honors. Friends may call Monday from 5 to 8 PM at the funeral home. For those unable to attend please visit the funeral home web site to share a memory and sign the guest register.