Sunday, June 17, 2012

George Henry Smith Obituary

      George Henry Smith, 82, died this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Frank Halverson of Riverside, following an illness of three weeks.  He was born in Lehi, Utah, April 23, 1860, the son of Samuel and Jane Smith. His early life was spent in Utah until 1903 when he came to Lewisville, Idaho, to work.  Two years later he brought his family to Idaho.  He was married to Jane Harwood in Lehi, December 24, 1881.  To This union were born 11 children of whom seven are still living.  His wife died February 8, 1938.
     He was agricultural superintendent for the Utah- Idaho Sugar Company for a period of 25 years during which time he was largely instrumental in encouraging the raising of sugar beets in this valley.  In the year 1909, he was sustained a member of the high council of the L. D. S. Church in Blackfoot Stake, which office he held until being selected as bishop of the Riverside Ward in 1914.  He filled this position until 1919 and was sustained in the high council upon his release from the bishopric.
    In 1935, he returned to Lehi to make his home and was sustained a member of the high council there.  After the passing of his wife, he remained in Lehi for a year and then sold his home and moved to Blackfoot where he has resided since.
     He also served two terms on the Blackfoot City Council.
     Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Friday afternoon from the Riverside L. D. S. Chapel with Owen Taylor of the Bishopric officiating.  Friends may call at the home of Frank Halverson in Riverside Thursday evening and until service time Friday.   Interment will be Saturday in Lehi, Utah cemetery.  Funeral arrangements are under the direction of the Brown- Elderidge Mortuary.
     Mr. Smith leaves the following son and daughters: George H. Smith, Jr., Lehi, Utah: Mrs. Annie Webb, Lehi, Utah; Mrs. Stella Wray, Riverside: Mrs. Rose Taylor, Ogden, Utah; Mrs. Mary Halverson, Riverside; Mrs. Zada Peterson, Thomas; and Mrs. Fern Gurney, Riverside; also 44 grandchildren, and 51 great grand children.

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