In Loving Memory|
Bruce Nephi Smith passed away peacefully and without pain at his home with his family at his side. He passed a great test with flying colors suffering from alzheimer's disease, not being able to walk or talk or hear very well. He was always kind, considerate, and pleasant to work with, truly faithful and smiling till the very end. Bruce was born in Logan, Utah to Nephi Pratt and Laura Peterson Smith. He has three sisters, Carolyn (Frank) McNeil, Laurel (Bus) Gates, and Janet Smith. Bruce married his sweetheart, Ruth Aamodt in the Salt Lake Temple on December 18, 1959. They were blessed with six children: Rebecca Belle (Jeff) Moffat, Trudy Olean (Greg) Kelley, Alan Bruce, Marilee Ruth (Russ) Fotheringham, Edward Nephi, and Samuel Don. Bruce dearly loved his wife and children and all their families. He has 15 grandchildren and seven great-grandsons with one more great-grandson due any day, and two great-granddaughters due the first of April. He adored them all, laughing and admiring them in person or pictures Bruce thoroughly enjoyed his great life of service. He was an extremely devoted husband and father, willing to do anything and everything for us all. He was extremely capable and always willing to serve in any capacity that was offered, be it at home, work, church, or community. Bruce loved serving a mission in Brazil for three years. It was extended as he served the last year as assistant to President Asael Sorenson. Bruce absolutely loved his profession. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in Botany at the U. of U., Ph.D. in Plant Biochemistry at the University of Washington in Seattle, Post Doctorate at UCLA, research at Cal Tech in Pasadena for three years, Assistant Professor in Botany at UT at Austin for six years, and Professor for 30 years at BYU, serving as Chairman of the Botany Dept. for three years, and Dean of the College of Biology and Agriculture for six years. Bruce loved teaching and was a very gifted teacher, being a major professor for many post graduate students. Bruce also loved doing research in his field and gave many scientific research papers all over the world, including Germany five times, England three times, Syktyvkar, Russia in the Komi Republic three times, Israel, Japan, Australia, Spain; also a research sabbatical in Munich, Germany for six months with family, and a three month sabbatical in Hyderabad, India. Bruce was president of the Utah Valley chapter of NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) and president of the Utah NAMI board. He did much to stamp out the ignorance and stigma of mental illness and addiction. Bruce served with the Utah Valley Democrats. He was proud to be a good Mormon and a democrat. He served on the Orem City Council beautification committee. He served with the Sons of the American Revolution. Bruce loved the Lord and was always eager to serve Him in any capacity. He served as a bishop twice and served in 10 different bishoprics. He was a loved Scoutmaster for 11 years, and loved serving with his wife as a missionary in the LDS Addiction Recovery Mission for six years. We will miss him greatly.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, March 1, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. in the Sunset Heights 4th Ward Chapel, 600 West 500 South in Orem. Friends and family may call Friday from 6 to 8 pm at the Sundberg-Olpin Mortuary, 495 South State St. in Orem and also Saturday from 9:45 to 10:45 at the ward chapel. Interment will be in the Orem City Cemetery. Condolences may be sent to the family at .SundbergOlpinMortuary.com.
Published in Deseret News on Feb. 27, 2014