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Obituary: SMITH, BOYD

Published: Friday, Dec. 19 2014 3:03 p.m. MST

Boyd A Smith 1931 ~ 2011

On January 21, Boyd A Smith quietly slipped away from us to be with beloved wife, Ruth--who he missed greatly. Born November 8, 1931 in Salt Lake City. Son of Clarence Tuttle Smith and Verda Heiner: great grandson of Samuel H Smith and Mary Bailey. At 16, a motorcycle accident nearly took his life and left him with pain that he quietly endured for nearly 50 years. It was during the summer of his sophomore year at South High that he met his sweetheart, Ruth Mary Wesemann. Their first date to a school play, was eight days before his sixteenth birthday. With no license, he boldly asked his father, a police officer, for permission to take the family car. He said okay! Their love deepened and in September of 1952, they married in the Salt Lake Temple and enjoyed a long, happy life together. A lifelong educator, he studied at University of Utah; Humboldt State, California; Cal Berkeley; Oregon State; Northern Michigan; University of California, Riverside. He taught biology and counseled at Covina High School in California for nearly 40 years and touched the lives of any who knew him-most of all his children and grandchildren! Active in the LDS Church throughout his life, he blessed his family with a rich pioneer heritage. Preceded in death by his wife Ruth, and his two brothers, Keith and Rex, Boyd is survived by his children and grandchildren, Mark and his kids: Laura, Michelle, Jonathon, Amy and step-daughter Christina, and their mother Robyn; Karen and Mark Dell and their boys: Aaron and Adam (of Bountiful, UT); and David and Kathleen Smith and their children: Ian, Emily and Abigail (of Beaumont, TX); his brother Gary, wife Lucien and family (of Sandy, UT); and many others who considered him their father, grandfather, teacher, mentor, and example. We deeply appreciate all the fasting, thoughts, and prayers that sustained our father during the last days of his life. We are touched by such demonstrations of love and faith. Funeral services, arranged by SereniCare of Draper, UT, will be held at the Mueller Park Stake Center located at 1800 E Mueller Park (1800 South) Road as follows: Viewing Tuesday evening, 6-8 p.m. and Wednesday morning, 11:30-12:30 p.m.; Funeral service will be Wednesday, Jan 26th at 1:00 p.m. Internment to follow at Valley View Cemetery, 4100 S. 4400 West, West Valley City, UT 84119. Please share condolences at www.serenicare.com