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Obituary: SMITH, HOWARD

Published: Friday, Nov. 28 2014 5:39 p.m. MST

Howard B. Smith1921 ~ 2011Our loving husband, father, grandpa, and friend, Howard Blencowe Smith, passed away Thursday, November 17, 2011, in Layton, Utah. He was born November 7, 1921 in Sunset, Utah to LeRoy B. and Sylvia Stoker Smith. At an early age, Howard excelled in athletics. He qualified to participate in the Junior Olympics in 1932, in Los Angeles, CA. In high school, his passion turned to flying. He earned his pilot's license at the Ogden Airport.He graduated from Davis High School in 1939 and attended Weber State College for two years. He completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Utah in 1948.In 1942, Howard joined the Army Air Corp and served in World War II as a P-51 fighter pilot for General George S. Patton. As part of the 354th Fighter Squadron, he escorted bombers across the English Channel and was involved in many combat missions over Belgium, France, and Germany. During the invasion of Omaha Beach, a few days after D-Day, he met General Dwight D. Eisenhower and helped plan the location of landing strips in France. After the war, he returned to Utah where he met and fell in love with Carma Cook. He married the love of his life in the Salt Lake Temple on June 25, 1948. Howard and Carma moved to Los Angeles, CA; where he worked for North American Aviation. He returned to Utah in 1951 and worked for the Ordinance Depot and Hill Air Force Base as a Mechanical Engineer and later as a Division Chief Manager. He retired in 1974 and was able to devote his time serving in the Kiwanis Club, Layton Planning Committee and the American Institute of Industrial Engineers. Howard and Carma were blessed with three children; Bryan, Joann, and Marilyn. Howard and Carma loved spending time with their children and grandchildren. The family cabin in Nordic Valley provided the perfect setting for family fun, especially snowmobiling and golfing. His other hobbies included working in his garden and yard and oil painting. As a faithful member of the LDS Church, Howard served in every organization, also as a High Councilor; counselor in the bishopric, Bishop and Ogden Temple ordinance worker.After Carma passed away, he married Rozella Burton in 1995. They enjoyed many years together, traveling, serving as ordinance workers in the Ogden Temple, serving as stake missionaries, working together in their yard, and hosting family parties.Howard is preceded in death by his wife Carma, infant daughter, Joann; brothers and sisters, LeRoy, Keith, Marjorie, Larene, and Lou Jean.He is survived by his wife Rozella, son Bryan (Jeri), daughter Marilyn (Todd) Honstein, grandchildren, Emily Olsen, Matt, Stan (Nayeli), Bennett (Becki) Tyler, Adam and Heather, great-grandchild, Dante Bry Smith.Private family graveside services will be held Interment, Kaysville City Cemetery.Special thanks to the staff of Layton Legacy Village and Aspire Hospice.Arrangements entrusted to Lindquist's Layton Mortuary, 1867 No. Fairfield Road. Condolences may be shared at: www.lindquistmortuary.com