Oct. 30, 1921 – Sept. 4, 2013
Fred Thomas Smith, 91, of Lehi, Utah, died peacefully with his family gathered around him on Sept. 4, 2013, of complications due to an automobile accident.
Fred was born in Cowley on Oct. 30, 1921. He graduated from Cowley High School and continued on to receive a bachelor’s and master’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Wyoming. Fred served as an ensign in World War II.
Fred was sealed to his sweetheart, Loa Jean Peterson, in the Salt Lake Temple March 25, 1946. They were married for 67 wonderful years.
Shortly after graduating, Fred taught mechanical engineering at the Colorado School of Mines. He worked for several companies as Director of Engineering. He created a number of different companies, culminating with his consulting business, F.S. NEW PRODUCTS, INC. Fred was an inventive genius and held more than 100 patents.
He loved his family and enjoyed playing horseshoes and reading, but he particularly enjoyed solving problems. Fred served diligently in many church callings, including as bishop of the Fox Valley Ward in Illinois. He and his wife Jean served two LDS couples’ missions together, the first in Albuquerque, N.M., and the second in Riverside, Calif.
Fred is survived by his eternal companion, Jean; his children Kent (Laurie), Fred (Marlene), Sonya Stucki (Randy), and daughter-in-law Linda; siblings Rawlen (Maxine), sister-in-law Ida Mae, Melvin (Lorna), sister-in-law Donna, Clara (Jim McDermott), Blake (Virginia), Ellis (Donna) and Neff (Joan); 20 grandchildren and 29 great-grandchildren.
Fred is preceded in death by sons Dennis and Reynold, and siblings Grant, Rachel (Doug) and Dean. Funeral services were held in the Lehi 33rd Ward Chapel. Interment was in the Alpine, Utah, City Cemetery, Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013.