Obituary John William Smith |

Obituary John William Smith


John William Smith passed away peacefully on April 21, 2009, at the home of his son. For the last 18 years he battled prostate cancer and all its complications with courage and dignity. He is now free of the pain and discomfort he endured without complaint or bitterness.

John was born July 9, 1936, in Park City, Utah, to Theodore L. and Eva Smith. He was known as "Billy" until he joined the Air Force in 1954. In January 1962, John earned his journeyman status as an Air Traffic Controller and began a career he claimed was "the best job ever." He married Shirley A. Maier in April of 1960.

John was preceded in death by his father (1958), mother (1974), brother Ted Smith (1996), and his eldest child Scott W. Smith (1998). John (or "JW," as he was called) is survived by his sisters, Gloria and Marian; brother, Ed Smith; sons, Eric J. Smith (Marcela) and Greg L. Smith; and daughter, Kristina E. Smith.

After 38 years of service to the federal government, he retired and moved to Mesquite, Nev., where he made a lot of dear friends, played a lot of bad golf, and a became a surprisingly lucrative slots-player! However you referred to John (Billy, JW or Smitty), he’s remembered as a good and loyal friend. He never wavered in his friendships and could connect with you regardless of age or gender.

JW stayed active by playing golf, hiking, camping and skiing. His passion for skiing was evident in his mastery in the trees and the lengths he’d go to for a "great powder shot." Golf and hiking were more about time with friends. This was clearly evident when he’d tee off with his signature "banana ball." Some of his best times were his camping and river expeditions with family and friends. He always enjoyed the companionship, banter and maybe even a few cocktails along the way.

You might be one of his many friends asking the family, "What can I do?" JW’s last request was simply that all his friends gather for "one last toddy" to remember the friendship he enjoyed from you all. A memorial service will be held on Monday, April 27, at 11 a.m. at Redwood Memorial Mortuary, 6500 South Redwood Road in Salt Lake City. After the service please join family and friends to celebrate the life on JW with one last toddy at the home of Eric and Marcela Smith, 8958 S 2070 West in West Jordan.

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