John J. "Jack" Smith, 85, died May 3, 1998 in Simi Valley, California, of heart failure.
Born April 13, 1913 in Salt Lake City, to John E. and Mabel Dean Smith. He married Rayola Simper on April 29, 1936 in the Salt Lake LDS Temple. She preceded him in death Sept. 26, 1993.He was member of the LDS Church, a temple worker, a member of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir for 15 years, member of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, charter member of the Salt Lake Chapter of SPEBSQSA, charter member of the Riverton Lions Club, Good Sams Club and sang in The Rivertones quartet. He was employed with Kennecott Copper Corp. for 46 years.
In 1930, when Jack was a senior at Bingham High School, he wrote the school song, "Bingham Sons and Daughters" which is still sung today as the school fight song.
Jack was happiest when slapping a high inside pitch into the right field corner, or singing one of the oldies in his beautiful high tenor voice. He was a man with a huge capacity for service to his fellow man. You might say he had a big heart which is ironic, since at the end, it was his heart that let him down.
Survived by daughters Marla S. McKinney, Riverton; Sylvia (David) Jorgensen, Simi Valley, Calif; granddaughters Rayett (Joe) Porchia, Osceola, Arkansas; Marlett McKinney, Murray; Lynett (Jeff) Garcia, Riverton and five great grandchildren.
Funeral Service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Riverton 3rd Ward 12888 So. 1700 West Friends may call Friday eve. from 6:30 to 8:30 P.M. at the Broomhead Funeral Home 12600 So. 2200 West, and Sat. from 9:30 to 10:45 A.M. at the church. Interment Elysian Burial Gardens.
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