Jent was in Florida where he and wife Shirley had planned to spend the winter. He passed away unexpectedly Thursday morning.
He and brother, Ben, developed Darben Plaza in Marion and he opened the former Tudor Inn next to the shopping center. Jent also built and operated the skating rink in Marion in the 1980s.
Jent was among the original developers of the West Kentucky Outlet Mall in Eddyvlle and his company, The Jent Group, headed a number of other developments around the lakes area and in southern Illinois and central Kentucky.