Trent Penn


Trent Lamont Penn Sr. age 60, of Columbus, Ohio was born April 15, 1960 and passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020.

Trent went to Linden McKinley High School and later graduated from The Ohio State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in communication where he also played football as wide receiver on the 1981 team. Trent was a snazzy dresser who had love for fine clothes and shoes. He was also a smooth talker. He was charming, athletic, and above all, he touched each and every persons heart whom he came in contact with. Trent was a beloved brother, father, son, uncle, and friend to many. His memory will continue to live on through his family and friends.

Trent is preceded in death by parents John and Elizabeth Penn.

He leaves to cherish his precious memory, brothers John Penn Jr., Todd Penn, Tracey Penn, and Ronald Penn, also a host of other relatives and friends.

Visitation 1:00 PM and Memorial Service 2:00 PM Saturday, May 16, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Condolence Messages

  1. Rest well Trent…

  2. Rest in heaven big brother I have so many fond memories of us back in the day! Much love to Todd,Tracy and the entire Penn family.


  3. Belinda R Coffman

    My deepest condolences to the Penn family..May God cover all your needs and give you Peace. Penn men bought so much to the community. Love them at McGuffey MS where I met them and Linden where I last seen them.
    I’m speaking on the behalf of the Reeves family..
    Love you Guys

  4. I grew up following the Penn brothers. So sorry to hear of your loss here. Wishing you peace during this difficult time.

  5. Vickie Billings

    Years and years ago I had Trent in my math class at McGuffey. Full of life, he was a joy for this new teacher to have in class. I knew he would be a success. I am sorry you lost him too soon. I think my name was Smith when I had him. Had Todd in study hall. The Penns were terrific.

  6. My deepest sympathy & condolence to Donny & Todd & the rest of the Penn family. I know the pain & grief of losing a brother. I pray for your continued strength & sustained comfort. God bless you.

  7. Michelle Fayson Miller

    My condolences to the Penn Family on the loss of Trent. My memories of Trent, Todd and Tracey are from our days at Linden-McKinley. I remember Trent being popular, very charismatic, mannerable and athletic. Keep all your memories close to your heart and let God guide you through the difficult days and nights. Praying for all of you.

  8. I send my sympathy and sincere condolences to the Penn brothers and family, on Trent’s passing. My heart and prayers are with you all. RIH Trent.

  9. Regina Douglas

    Condolences to the Penn family. Trent was a smart African American man. He was always willing to help someone else. While you n high school I still remember him telling me to do math 5 nights a week to conquer Algebra I and I. In college he sat down and advised which classes to take. He was not selfish, but generous. He was willing to help others. His guidance was helpful to me. Gone too soon, and we love you. Panthers for life.
    Michele Peaks

  10. Jacqueline Burton

    My Condolences and healing Prayers to the Penn family.

  11. I have some very fond and personal memories of Trent. He was one of my closest childhood friends growing up in the Linden area. My thoughts and prayers go out to Donny, Ronnie. Todd, and Tracy and the rest of the family during this difficult time. Please feel free to call on me to help anyway I can. May God give you comfort and peace.


  12. Mona King Jones

    My years at Linden McKinley High School gave me the opportunity to meet a host of wonderful students, but none more dear than Trent Penn, who was a favorite of both students and staff. Always respectful and charming, he was a delight in the classroom. Heartfelt condolences to his family.

  13. Teresa Holliday

    Prayers for you during this difficult time. Peace will come in the morning!

  14. My deepest condolences to the Penn family..May God give you Peace during this time.


    Gena M.

  15. Karen Ervin-Lee

    Condolence to Todd and the Penn family. There are no words of comfort to ease your pain. I pray that God give you peace and strength. Panthers 4 life.

  16. Elma Childs Bush and the Prysock family

    Wow, sorry for you lost. Prayers for the family

  17. Yolanda Gates Howard

    My Condolences to the family. I grew up with Trent and his brothers went to school with
    He was very nice person.

  18. My condolences to the entire Penn family. May God continue to bless you. Praying for your strength!

  19. Ron and Debra Contini Marshall

    My thoughts and prayers to the Penn family. I remember Trent aka “Ghost,” being a very tough and dedicated athlete when he was at Linden. Trent had great hands as a receiver and could play defense with the best of them. Trent was a good kid !!! I was very lucky to have him as a player and student. I will sum up Trent’s heart. During basketball practice one day he was guarding Doug Ferguson. As we all know Trent would drive guys nuts by guarding them so closely. Doug was little frustrated with him for being in his face. Doug gave him a good right hander to the face ! Trent didn’t even blink, he just kept guarding him very closely. Not a word was said but both kids knew Trent would never give up, he played with all of his heart. I miss Trent as I miss all the kids from Linden !

  20. Condolences & Prayers to entire Penn family

  21. Niccy Chapman

    So Sorry For Your loss. Prayers To The Family In Their time of Sorrow. God Bless you all.

    The Chapman Family

  22. Michele Douglas

    Condolences to the Penn family. Trent was a smart young man. While in Geometry together I recall him saying if you memorize the hypothesis and the theorems you will be able to solve the problem. While at Ohio State he recommended taking some of the general requirements that the athletes took. Again this was good academic advise. He was not selfish. He wanted to help others
    Rest In Peace Trent.

  23. Trent & Cora Clark

    To the Penn Family,

    You Are All In Our Prayers. May God Give You Peace, Comfort, and Strength.

    I have fond memories of the Penn Family when we were neighbors on 5th Street. He will be remembered.
    -Trent Clark

  24. Lucretia McQueen

    Condolences to the Penn Family.My God continue to keep you lifted up during this tome

  25. Leonard Loftus

    Todd,Tracy and the rest of the Penn family. I was very saddened to here of the the passing of Trent. I enjoyed the time I had teaching and coaching Trent and the Penn family while at McGuffey. I had the opportunity to watch his growth as a great athlete and his growth into manhood. He will surely be missed by his family and friends.

  26. Condolences to the Penn Family. Keeping you in my prayers. Trent was a wonderful loving guy. He will always have a special place in my heart. Rest in heaven my friend.

  27. Ronald/ Ida Smith

    Our memories of Trent and his family go back to the 60’s . Trent’s parents and we were members of the Church if Christ of the Apostolic Faith. He and his brothers were very nice young men. Our prayers and sympathy are with his son, Malia and his brothers.
    May God give you the comfort you will need during your bereavement!!

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