Doug Smith

August 31, 1950 ~ September 27, 2020


Oct. 4, 2020
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
3688 West 12600 South, Riverton, UT 84065
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    Oct. 5, 2020
    12:00 PM
    1950 East Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, UT 84092
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  • Doug Smith, revered husband, father, grandfather, uncle, brother, and friend died of natural causes unexpectedly in Salt Lake City with his family near on September 27, 2020. Doug is survived by his wife, Freda Smith, his children; Christopher Martinez (Kristen), Jason Martinez (Karen), Cami McAffee (Ryan) and Kari Smith (Danny), eight grandchildren, and his siblings; Darl Smith, Janet Smith Ward, Don Smith, Susan Smith DeMinck, and Kim Smith. He is preceded in death by his parents; Zeanes Parnell Smith and Beverly Tracy Smith, and his brother, Brent Smith.

    He was born on August 31, 1950 in Ogden, Utah to Zeanes Parnell Smith and Beverly Tracy Smith. He graduated from Ben Lomond in 1968 and BYU in 1976. In October of 1969, Doug served a mission in the Great Lakes Mission area. On November 3, 1979, Doug married the love of his life in the Manti Temple. He worked at Aetna, USF&G, and retired from UMIA as Vice-President of Claims. He was called to many positions in the church and most recently served as a volunteer at the Utah State Prison for eight and a half years until he became an ordinance worker at the Oquirrh Mountain Temple.

    Doug was a warm, welcoming person. He graciously opened his home to family and friends when it would help them throughout his life. He lived modestly and gave graciously when others needed help. His home is practically a clubhouse for his grandchildren and their neighborhood friends. He loved sports, particularly BYU football, and was an avid reader. Doug possessed the wisdom and innate goodness to give his all in service to others. He made the most of his life by living his values and remaining true to his faith and family every minute of every day. He never wavered in his convictions or in his commitment to his family. His selflessness and the love he shared has enriched the lives of all those who knew him. He will always be remembered and cherished by his loved ones.

    A public Viewing will take place on the evening of Sunday, October 4, 2020 At the Larkin Mortuary in Riverton, 3688 West 12600 South form 6-8 PM. A socially distanced graveside will take place at Noon on Monday, October 5, 2020 at Larkin Sunset Gardens Cemetery in Sandy, 1950 East Dimple Dell Road.


    We are deeply saddened to learn of Doug's passing. We send our love and sympathy to Freda and all the family. How we enjoyed his humor and friendship. I served as a ward clerk with him for years and grew close to him. That's where I learned of his love for Freda, children and his love of the gospel of Jesus Christ. I wish I could have attended the service.

    - Blake Hobson
    Dear Aunt Freda and Family, There are no words to express our sincere condolences for the loss of Uncle Doug. Brandon has always appreciated Doug and his welcoming nature and conversations. I (Liz) will NEVER forget all that Doug did for me. Many summers of adding in an extra “daughter” to watch over and put up with and then a pre-wedding bride to put up with. One who was prepping for a move to California with no where to store new furniture other than you and Doug’s front living room. You are both saints. My heart is broken and knows the immense loss that comes from losing a loving father. So my heart goes out to all my sweet cousins. I’m here for all of you. I pray for an extra measure of peace and comfort for all of you as you face the next few days and months and years to come. Look for Doug in the little things and I promise you will feel him there. All my love, Liz Mueller Weilenmann and Family

    - Brandon and Liz Weilenmann
    Dear Freda and Kids, We are so sorry to learn of the loss of Doug. You guys were some of our favorite neighbors. Even though it has been years since you lived behind us, we have fond memories of both of you and of our kids playing together. Doug was the best! My the Lord bless and comfort each of you during this difficult time. Pres and Becky Gunnell

    - Pres and Becky Gunnell
    Fredia There are no words for the lose All week long i keep hearing his laugh. I loved his laugh. My uncle have always had away of making me laugh. it is a gift to be able to bring laughter into other peoples lives. doug Was an amazing man and we are all going to miss him. THE lore will be blessing you and watching out for you and your kids and grandkids. YOur are all in my thoughts and prays. I love you Fredia. 'What a blessed day it was when you and Robbie Douglas got married,

    Dear Freda, My heart sank when I saw this! I know for sure that Doug was your rock, but that you were also his. I remember the love that you and Doug shared for one another, it was obvious. May you be comforted during this hard time! Maryann

    - Maryann Crofts
    Hello, I am a coworker of Jason's and know the loss of a father myself. I am sending my deepest sympathies to you and your family. May you keep his smiles and kindness close to your heart.

    - Sharon Carroll
    Freda, We are sorry for your loss. We have been friends since Jr. High School and have many fond memories. Doug sounds like a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend. When things settle down, we need to meet and have lunch. We love you! Kathy & Vauna

    - Vauna Parr
    Dearest Freda and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Reading about Doug makes me so happy that you had him in your lives. Even though it has been a very long time since I saw you Freda, I often have thought about you. You are one of the kindest persons I have had the pleasure to know. I am sorry I didn't know you Doug, rest in peace. Dolores Martinez-Tschirky (Richard's sister)

    - Dolores Martinez-Tschirky