SMITH, Byron

Posted: February 25th, 2019


On Friday, February 22, 2019 we said goodbye to our beloved husband, father and grandfather, BYRON CHARLES SMITH.

We, his family, will miss our loving patriarch. Dad is survived by his eternal companion of over 72 years, Roberta (Billingsley); children Craig (Colleen) of Glenwood, Wendy (Dave) Miller of Coalhurst, Barbara (Robert) Nish of Lethbridge, Aileen (John) Duncan of Austin, TX, Kevin (Kelly) of Glenwood, Danny (Wanda) of Bow City, Drew (Ross Robinson) of Seattle, WA, and Julie (Marc) Walker of Highland, UT; 35 grandchildren, 69 great grandchildren, 1 great great grandchild; and brother Bryce of Bow Island.

We have faith that Dad has been welcomed home by family and dear friends who preceded him including his parents Clarence and Elizabeth, brothers Thaine, Grant and Cleon, and grandchildren David, Sariah, Andrew and Nathan.

Dad was born in Cardston on April 11, 1926 and spent almost his entire life in the Glenwood area. As the middle of 5 sons, he began farming with his Dad and brothers at a young age and it became his passion and vocation. He attended school in Glenwood where he made friends lasting a lifetime. With them he enjoyed playing baseball and basketball, riding horses, going fishing and later going dancing.

Near the end of WWII, Dad joined the armed forces and served within Canada until March 1946. He returned home and married his sweetheart on Sept. 12, 1946 in the Cardston Temple. Together they raised 8 children who in turn gave them a grand posterity.

After spending a few of their early married years working in Welling, Dad and Mom returned to Glenwood where they eventually started a dairy with Dad’s parents and brothers. He worked tirelessly on the farm to support his family while still finding time to devote to church and community, serving on the Cardston School Board for 18 years and in ward and stake callings throughout his life. He and Mom served in the Cardston Temple and then a mission together in the Canadian Maritimes.

Dad’s greatest joys were his family, his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and life on the farm in Glenwood. He was devoted to the love of his life, Roberta, who misses him deeply.

We extend our heartfelt appreciation to many wonderful friends and extended family who have enriched Dad’s life and supported us in our grief, to the church and community of Glenwood for being his lifelong home, and to the compassionate caregivers who have helped ease his way at the end of his earthly journey.

The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 11:00 am at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Glenwood. Friends are invited to meet with the family at the church prior to the service from 9:45-10:45 am. Interment to follow in the Glenwood Cemetery.

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