Ethan Allen DeMent passed away suddenly following a car accident on March 2, 2023.

He was born on April 21, 1990, in Muncie, Indiana to Donna (Griffith) DeMent and the late Fred DeMent.

Ethan graduated from Randolph Southern High School in 2008, and he later continued his education at IU East and IU Bloomington. He was a lifelong learner, diving deep into topics that caught his interest. He had a love of languages, especially French and Mandarin, and other cultures. He loved exploring and logged countless hours of walking in his signature Doc Martens during his adventures in Richmond, Bloomington and Seattle. Though he seemed reserved at first glance, he was readily eager to strike up conversation with strangers wherever he went. He genuinely enjoyed connecting with people and learning their stories.

Ethan was an avid gamer from the time he held his first Super NES controller at the age of two, exploring the worlds of Zelda, Metroid, Mario, and more. He enjoyed good food, strong coffee, and craft beer. He had a dark, quirky sense of humor and a quick wit. He was always there to help a friend in need, and he provided the most comforting bear hugs anyone could imagine.

Ethan worked in the warehouse and food service industries. His work history included Howard Enterprises/Nivel (Lynn, IN), Lennie’s (Bloomington, IN), Star Brass Works Lounge (Seattle, WA), Amazon (Seattle, WA), and most recently, KFC/Taco Bell (Richmond, IN).

He leaves to cherish his memory a large family including: his mother: Donna DeMent; sister: Rochelle (Chad) Cortner; grandmothers: Betty and Elaine; aunts and uncles: Connie, Anita, Marsha, Susie (Dallas),and Kevin (Tammy); cousins and their families: Amy, Beth, Jennifer, Nate, Jessicah, Hannah, Mandie, Brittany, Rodney and Adam; his lifelong best friend: Luke (Riley); extended family of great-aunts and great-uncles and their families; and his adjacent family of Cortners’ and Gwins’, especially including Gail Cortner.

He was preceded in death by his father: Fred; grandfathers: Fredric and Robert; step-grandfathers: Leonard and Jim; and his uncles: John and Joey.

His family would like to express a special thanks to: Community Family Funeral Home, especially Tracy and Samantha Lewis, without whom navigating the arrangements of a life cut short would have been unbearable; the staff of Burke & Schindler, especially Kelley; the staff of Wayne County Government; all the friends and family who have reached out; and anyone not mentioned who had a positive impact on his life. The outpouring of thoughts, prayers, kindness, support and sympathy is humbling.

Ethan was the best son, brother, and brother-in-law a family could ever ask for. He will be forever loved and missed. May he rest in peace.

A Memorial Visitation will be at Community Family Funeral Home on Thursday, March 9, 2023, from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM.  Community Family Funeral Home has been entrusted with arrangements.  Send online condolences to the family via the guestbook at