Kent Hsien-Chen Chou

Passed: September 09, 2018

Kent Hsien-Chen Chou

Passed: September 09, 2018


Kent Hsien-Chen Chou passed away peacefully and surrounded by family on September 9, 2018.  

 Kent was born on July 25, 1970, to Valerie Chen and I-Hsin Chou.  He grew up in New Jersey, then studied English at BYU and medicine at Yale University. Following residency and a hand fellowship through the University of Pittsburgh, Kent joined Ortho Arizona (formerly Canyon Orthopedic Surgeons) in 2004, and never unexpectedly missed a day of working at his dream job until he was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in April of this year.

 Kent’s great love of medicine and surgery was dwarfed by his love for his family.  Kent was lucky to find Anne Michelle (“Shelly”) early in life, and had the good fortune to marry someone who complimented him, supported him, and softened him.  Kent and Shelly’s strong marriage produced four exceptional children–Jordan, Emily, Ryan, and Natalie–all of whose achievements in academics, music, and athletics have made their parents proud.  

To his survivors–Shelly, Jordan, Emily, Ryan, Natalie, his two parents, and three siblings Christina, Franklin, and Catherine and their families–Kent leaves behind a legacy of steadfast church service, exceptional hard work, an irrational dedication to the Phoenix Suns, and a consistent voice of sound advice and reason, which will continue to guide the lives of those who were blessed to know him in his too-short time on earth.

Services will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 425 S Estrella Pkwy, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

Viewings will be held on Friday, September 14, from 6-8pm and Saturday, September 15, from 11-12:45.

A funeral service will be held on Saturday, September 15, at 1 pm.

Flowers may be sent to Thompson Funeral Chapel, 926 S Litchfield Rd, Goodyear, AZ 85338.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to lung cancer research. 

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20 responses to Kent Hsien-Chen Chou

  1. I was a patient of Doctor Chou, one of the kindest men I had the pleasure of knowing. my sympathy to the family. Rest In Peace Dr. Chou

  2. Brenda says:

    I just found out about this and am so devastated 🙁 he was my doc since 2004. Amazing doc that I will truly miss :’(

  3. manny says:

    I just heard about you’re passing, I’m sorry to see this, you were a good Doctor, I worked with you 2 yrs ago as a Ortho tech.

  4. Darren Boyce says:

    I was just thinking about Kent for some reason after he did both of my r wrist repairs back in 05 and 06 after I was injured on the fire department. I am very sad to read of his passing and hope his family can find peace. He had a great attitude and was always in good spirits. A great hand surgeon and family man is now gone. God bless the family and his children.

  5. Peter Tang says:

    Peter Tang

    Kent was my chief at UPMC when we were both residents. He would claim that I would be “killing him” multiple times a day and it was not even noon. He taught me a lot and always gave me a hard time. He was always direct and I appreciated it. He was hard on the outside but one of the kindest persons I will ever know. For some reason I was thinking about him this evening and found this site. Kent we miss you. You should still be with us. I turn 50 this July 2023 – I wish you were here. See you soon. — Peter

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