Elias Smith Castle 1914 ~ 2011

Elias Smith Castle, 96, returned home to his Father in Heaven Monday evening while surrounded by his family. Elias was born in Salt Lake City on 13 April 1914. He lived a life of integrity that makes his posterity proud and honored to be associated with his name. As a young boy he developed a strong testimony of the gospel of Jesus Christ which he maintained throughout his life. Music was a great love for Elias and brought him much joy. Elias enjoyed singing, playing piano, and more. He particularly emphasized the great times he had during his college years performing with the Melody Knaves, a musical group that also performed comic skits. He attended 9th grade at Irving Jr. High School following that he attended LDS High school graduating in 1931. Upon graduation, he attended South High for a year for post graduate studies. This is where he enrolled in his first botany class and his interest in plant science flourished. Elias enrolled in the University of Utah in 1932 where he joined and served in the Field Artillery unit of the ROTC. Elias served a mission in the East Central States. After returning he finished his Bachelors degree at University of Utah and later completed a Master of Science degree from Brigham Young University in 1939. On 26 December 1941 Elias married his bride June Sorenson in the Salt Lake City Temple in a special ceremony preformed by Heber J. Grant. He and June then returned to Ft. Sill, Oklahoma where Elias continued his active military service. Their first son Robert was born there in 1942. During World War II he served in the US Army in Europe. Later he served as a military advisor during the Korean War. Following the war, Elias and June moved to Provo, Utah where Elias took a teaching position in Botany at Brigham Young University. In 1947 they moved to SLC where he taught in the public schools. This is where their second son Paul was born in 1948. In 1953 they moved to Oakland where Elias began a PhD program at the University of California Berkley. It was here in Oakland their youngest son Roger was born in 1954. Elias, June and their boys remained in the Oakland and Concord California areas for many years. Elias taught at Merrit Jr. College until he retired. Elias enjoyed serving as a temple worker in the Oakland Temple. Elias and June served as full time missionaries in the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission. Their later years were spent in Utah enjoying their extended family. Elias was preceded in death by his parents Orie O. Castle and Sarah Susannah Smith, his older brother Orie, his wife June Sorenson and a grandson John Castle. He is survived by his older sister Sarah (Castle) Thomas, his three sons and their wives Robert and Jolayne (Henderson, NV); Paul and Marsha (Show Low, AZ); Roger and Wendy (Cedar Hills, UT); 12 grandsons, nine granddaughters, one of whom is currently serving in Virginia the same mission that Elias served in 1936. Elias has 53 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m., Friday, 1 April 2011 at the Cedar Hills 7th Ward Chapel, 9737 North Chesterfield Drive, Cedar Hills, Utah. The family will receive guests at the church Thursday evening from 6 until 8 and Friday morning from 9:30-10:45 a.m. prior to services. Interment will be in the Wasatch Lawn Cemetery, 3401 South Highland Drive, Salt Lake City, Utah. Condolences to the family may be emailed to info@bergmortuary.com