Mearle B. Smith 1929 ~ 2011 Mearle B. Smith passed away peacefully of natural causes on Friday, May 27, 2011. He is now back with his wife, Eleise, who he has missed tremendously since her passing nine years ago.He was born November 2, 1929, in Joseph, Utah. He was the son of Melvin D. Smith and Elva Sophia Wells. Mearle was raised, along with his one brother, Kyle, in Monroe, Utah. He graduated from South Sevier High School in 1948 and then went on to attend Brigham Young University where he met his beloved wife, Eleise Bergquist. They were married March 5, 1952 in the Logan Temple. Mearle is "Dad" to eight children: Jeff Smith (Mary), Stephanie Smith, Brian Smith (Jan), Marilynn Howard (Tom), Julie Smith, Craig Smith (Suzanne), Leslie Smith (Scott Draper), and Gary Smith (Sara). And he is "Grandpa" to 23 grandchildren and one great-grand-child. He was preceded in death by his mother, stepmother, father, older brother Kyle, and his little daughter Julie. In his early-married years Mearle served in the United States Air Force on active duty for four years at Hamilton Air Force Base, California. Following his active duty years he joined the Air National Guard and served faithfully there for 30 years. He received his bachelor's of science degree in accounting from Brigham Young University and later a master's degree. He also obtained a teaching certificate. He began teaching type, bookkeeping, and history at Tintic High School in Eureka and eventually ended up at Lehi High School as a business teacher, where he remained until his retirement. Mearle was an active member of the LDS Church. He served for many years as ward clerk and later as a bishop. He served two LDS missions with his wife. The first in the Provo-Utah Mission and the second in the Scotland-Edinburgh Mission. He also served in a branch presidency at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. In his later years he was an ordinance worker at the Provo and Mount Timpanogos Temples. Mearle will be remembered for his willing service to others and especially his family. He was always there to help fix a broken down car or build a new bookcase or doghouse. Whatever was needed, he was the man for the job. We love you "Dad" and "Grandpa." Say hello to Mom for us. A viewing will be held on Sunday, June 5, 2011, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Wing Mortuary (118 East Main Street, Lehi, Utah). Services will be held on Monday, June 6, 2011, starting at 11:00 a.m. at the Lehi East Stake Center (1200 East 900 North, Lehi, Utah), with a viewing preceding from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be in the Lehi City Cemetery. The family would like to thank everyone who has contributed to "Grandpa's" care in the later years of his life, including his grandchildren, in-laws, and the Greenwood Assisted Living Center. Online guest book at wingmortuary.com.
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