TRENT“The Saint”




When I met Trent my goal was no different, connect with him, teach him, coach him, and prepare him for a bright and beautiful future.  However, Trent Thompson was different.  Period. 

Yes, I connected with Trent, very much so, and quite possibly more than I have with any other student.  The difference lies in the fact that in this case Trent made the impact—it was he who taught me.  What you are about to read are the stories of the countless times Trent Thompson made an impact in the lives of others, adult and child alike.   He reversed the role on me, and the relationship we had made my life better.

Remarkably, for a person his age, he did the same with students from all backgrounds; popular or unpopular, rich or poor, athlete or not.  There was something special about Trent and it was manifested in his words and actions with others.

—Scott Dille
Principal at Clovis North High School, Clovis Unified School District

The Accident

Excerpt from the book:

The tires squealed as I exited the freeway turning right, then left and left again onto Millbrook Avenue.  I sped through a red light and right past the police officer, who had positioned his car with the lights flashing to block traffic from turning onto this residential street, but he didn’t try to stop me, he just stepped aside.

My tears were clouding my vision and I could feel my heart pounding in my head.  I drove a couple blocks further until I came to the yellow emergency tape draped across the street to block off the area and then I saw the little blue Toyota, pinned against a pine tree and the block wall.

I pulled my car to the side and threw the gear into park.  I ran towards the blue car but two police officers blocked my path and four more were behind them just in case I tried to muscle my way through.  Once again I looked towards the crumpled car and while falling to my knees in the middle of the street I screamed out his name, his nickname from when he was just a toddler, Scooter!

My Life

As an example of great integrity, morality, and love, Trent Thompson lived his life in service to others and will forever be remembered as the inspiration for the phrase C.A.S.H.!

By using this motto in his daily interactions Trent gained the treasure of friendships and respect, treasures beyond material value.


The Journey

They say we can never truly count the ripple affect a tiny pebble has on a vast body of water, just as we can never fully know the positive impact one life can have on so many others or for how many generations.

Through the eloquent and beautiful example of his life, Trent reminds us all of the power we each have within us to have a positive impact on this world and to…