Brent Boggs of Queen Creek, Ariz., a popular auto glass technician with Specialized Auto Glass in Chandler, Ariz., has passed away. Boggs was 61 years old.
Specialized Auto Glass owner Clint Hudlin grew up with Boggs and their parents were best friends. Boggs was working for A1 Quality Glass in 1984 when Hudlin brought his pickup in for glass replacement. The manager wanted to hire someone, offered Hudlin the job and he has “been doing auto glass ever since,” he says. Hudlin opened his own business in 1994.
Hudlin says Boggs “cared about what he was doing, and made sure he did 100%. He had a way of making everybody feel comfortable with him. They liked his smile.”
Hudlin says that Boggs was “the go-to guy on all the old classic [cars].” Boggs knew every part number for the 1960s and 1970s vehicles, and what tools to use, he says.
Boggs could talk to anyone, Hudlin adds. “He was a talker. So he’d talk everyone’s head off while he was doing the job.”
Hudlin will most miss his friend’s joking sense of humor, which he says made working on cars fun. Both men liked cars so much “in the beginning it wasn’t really a job,” he adds.
“Auto glass won’t be the same [without him].”
According to Jake Tanner Hudlin, a technician with Specialized Auto Glass, Boggs, a self-proclaimed jokester, “would always be joking around and brightening ours and our customers’ day.”
“I can’t think of a day where he didn’t come in whistling and with a smile on his face,” Jake Hudlin says.
Boggs was “a very good glass tech,” Jake Hudlin adds. He knew numbers for older parts by heart.
Randy Richards of Mesa, Ariz., has known Boggs since 1997, when Boggs worked with Richards’ first wife. Then Richards and Boggs worked together at Mygrant Glass, and later also Specialized Auto Glass. Richards returned to Mygrant in 2006 and serves as a branch manager.
“[His] smile. His teasing. He likes to tease,” Richards says of what he will miss about his friend. “He’s a big teaser — just to make you laugh, not to put you down.”
Richards says that Boggs was never in a bad mood, “always had a positive attitude” and a smile on his face.
As a co-worker, Boggs also had the same positive attitude and talked a lot about softball and his family.
Boggs is survived by his wife, Melinda Jean; children, Brandon and Cassidy; father, Sam; brother, Gary, and two grandsons, Bowen and Hendrix.
Arrangements are entrusted to Tempe Mortuary, and memorial services will be held at a later date.