Obituary Jeffrey David Smith
April 14, 2009
Jeff Smith passed away on April 8, 2009, at his home in Park City, Utah. He was born in Greenville, Pa., on August 26, 1956. Jeff grew up in the East, but his love of skiing and the great outdoors brought him west after graduating from Saint Lawrence University in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics.
Jeff met his wife, Betsy, while on a ski vacation, and it didn’t take too much to talk her into leaving her East Coast life for the adventure of making a life together in the West. Betsy and Jeff married on June 11, 1988, and truly rode off into the sunset.
Jeff was a loving caring man who put others before himself. He loved his family very much and was a wonderful, wonderful dad and father figure to many. When he wasn’t standing on the sidelines of a lacrosse field rooting for Park City and chatting it up with the other parents, he was running a successful roofing company. Smith Roofing was established in 1984 for the sole purpose of being able to work in the summer so he could pursue his true passion of skiing in the winter yes, Jeff was a closet ski bum. Of course, Smith Roofing grew into much more than a summer job and became the company that it is today because of Jeff’s great work ethic and vision for the future of the company.
Jeff was an avid golfer and he loved being on the water boating, waterskiing and fishing. Endless hours were spent pulling young children behind a boat. He never tired of turning the boat around and around and around. "Hit it" was a favorite phrase of Jeff’s.
Jeff was preceded in death by his father, David Henry Smith, and his mother-in-law, Tamara Dudley Shotwell. He is survived by his wife, Betsy Shotwell Smith; daughter, Whitney Elizabeth Smith; son, Samuel Shotwell Smith; mother, Sandra Hallett Smith; sister, Caryn Hallett Smith; brother, Marc Harris Smith; and his loyal dog, Gypsy, who accompanied him to work each day.
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Jeff touched the lives of many and there will be an empty spot in our hearts for a long time. Please join us on Wednesday, April 15, at 4 p.m. to celebrate Jeff’s life. Services will be held at Mountain Life Church, located at 7375 N. Silver Creek Road in Park City, Utah.
In lieu of flowers, please consider donating to The Jeffrey Smith Donation Fund that has been established at Zion’s Bank for his children.