James Brently “Brent” Murnion, age 54, of Halliday, North Dakota died unexpectedly and peacefully at his home with his wife, Sabra, by his side. The world was blessed with his light on July 19th, 1960 when he became the youngest son to loving parents John D. and Mary Alice Murnion. Since then, few words have been able to describe the unique and beautiful human being that he was.
Brent had two loves in his life. He was born with diesel in his blood. Trucking had been a passion for him since his early childhood and at 18, he turned that passion into a calling and made it his way of life. He and his rig “Dixie” became legendary from coast to coast. He wasn’t known simply as the man behind the wheel. He was also considered a guardian, a mentor, and a friend to all of his cohorts. If someone was in need he was there in body, mind, or spirit to help in any way he could. He knew every back road, two-lane, four-lane, scale and scale operators (and a way around them). He could lift spirits with ease and a certain quirky finesse made evident by his unending use of completely original one-liners. His heart knew no strangers and the number of people whose lives he touched, God only knows. Walk into any big truck stop and ask “Hey, anyone in here know Brent Murnion?” and see what happens.
The second love of his life was his beloved wife, Sabra. They knew each other as teenagers but it wasn’t until a cool night in November of 2007 that they found each other again. It was a fairytale kind of love filled with flatbeds and music. It was a love worth waiting for that will last forever and a day.
Brent was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father, John D. Murnion. He is survived by his wife, Sabra; daughters, Krynn Kelly and Jamie Mickels Grebb; step daughters, Savannah and Taylor Stone; his mother Mary Alice Murnion; brother, DeWayne (Candy); sister, Mystie (Mac) Rail; mother and father-in-law, Roger and Sherrie Mack; sisters-in-law, Chevy Cooperman, Tamaira (Jody) Wacker, and Monie (Brandon) Harrison; and two grandsons, Damon and Darrell; along with numerous nieces and nephews.
We are asking friends to bring pictures and share stories at their leisure. Memorials may also be made to help defray funeral expenses if so desired.
Visitation will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014 from 1:00-6:00 p.m. at Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home in Jordan. Funeral services will be held on Friday, August 29, 2014 at 1:00 p.m. at the Garfield County High School Gym. Interment will follow in the Pioneer Cemetery. Stevenson & Sons Funeral Home of Jordan is in charge of the arrangements.