Gillies Funeral Chapel


David John Smith

David John Smith

June 24, 1940~September 2, 2012

Viewing: 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. at Brigham City LDS 5th Ward Chapel, 420 South 800 West.

Funeral services: Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 10:30 am

Interment: Orem City Cemetery approx. 1:00 pm.

BRIGHAM CITY - David John Smith, 72, passed away on Sunday, September 2, 2012 in Ogden, Utah due to a stroke.
He was born on June 24, 1940 in Lynn, Massachusetts, son of Ralph and Verna Scanlan Smith. He served in the US Navy during the Vietnam Conflict, continuing to use his acquired skills with helicopter maintenance at McDonnell Douglas in San Diego. He graduated from BYU with a bachelor's in Social Work, working at Timp Mental Health. Many families benefited from his excellence in drug and alcohol abuse therapy classes. He later became employed as a Utah County Appraiser retiring in 2009.
Dave married Rena Martin Nelson on June 25, 1976 in Provo, Utah. Their marriage being solemnized in the Provo LDS Temple in 1980.
He is currently a member of the Brigham City LDS 5th Ward. He served faithfully in his callings, as an instructor in the gospel of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Executive Secretary, currently serving as Ward Mission Leader.
Dave enjoyed BYU football, golf, racquetball, tennis, hunting, and fishing. First and foremost in his life were his family and his desire to teach his children to live independently.
Surviving are his wife, Rena; children of Dave and Linda Chase (deceased); Keith Smith; Shelley (Dave) Lemmings; Daniel (Renae Bringhurst) Smith; step children: Denise Nelson Abel; Shannon Warren Bryan; children of David and Rena, Devin (Zenna Webb) Smith; Mandy Smith (Gary) Hoffman; Blake Smith (Deceased); Jill Smith (Brady) Baxter; 26 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; brother, Ralph (Sue) Smith and one sister, Dorothy (Eugene) Hogan.
He was preceded in death by his parents, brother, Artie and sister, Ann Curtis.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 10:30 am with a viewing from 9:30 to 10:15 at Brigham City LDS 5th Ward Chapel, 420 South 800 West.
Interment, Orem City Cemetery approx. 1:00 pm.

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Dear Rena and Family.  Our hearts are with you all.  We are so sorry for your loss of David.  He loved without reservation and lead by fine example.  God's peace to all of you.

Howard and Ellen Merry and Family


Dear Rena and family.
My thoughts and prayer are with you at this time.  I enjoyed working with Dave at the County he was always upbeat and a joy to be around.
Love to you and yours.

Sandy Moore


So sorry to hear of the loss of our "Smitty". My mom, Millie Campbell, and I both had the privilege of working with him. Hoping it brings you some comfort knowing that others really do care.

Karen Campbell Stuart


 I was surprised to hear of Dave's passing. He was my case manager for years in the mental health system. I still have a saying he wrote for me hanging in my room. It says "Success is our own ability to overcome our weaknesses." Much of what I am today stems from things he taught me over the years. My heart goes out to him and his family at this time.

 Alva Mackay


Dear Rena and Family,
I am so sorry for the loss of Dave. Smitty was always so funny. He was great to work with at WMH. He liked to tease and laugh, I so appreciated that. May your family find a place in time, to enjoy his humor again.

Rena, I remember that Dave said every Friday was Pizza and a movie - that the wife deserved it cuz she worked hard too. It always made me smile.

Carolyn Nay


Dear Rena, My neighbor Maurine Harris made a point to tell me about the death of your husband. Needless to say I was shocked. He was far too young to leave this life. We have a granddaughter who lives in Logan and each time we visit her I think of you as we pass through Brigham City. We are very sad and know this will be a very hard time for you. I pray that the Lord will bless and strengthen you as you work through this difficult time. Your friend,

Joan Williamson


We are saddened to hear of your great loss with David's passing.  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

Ron & Lois Cottle






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