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Wildon H. "Weldon" Smith


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Smith, Wildon (Weldon) H.
Wildon (Weldon) H. Smith, born January 21, 1931 in Mesa, Arizona to William Henry Smith and Ruby Rogers, the third of four children, passed away Sunday, September 25, 2016. Weldon graduated from Mesa High School in 1948. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean War and earned the rank of Second Class Petty Officer. He earned a B.S. degree in Natural Sciences, 1956, at Arizona State College. Weldon married Doris Naidine Tatlow on October 12, 1950. They had five children but later divorced. On September 26, 1969 Weldon married Judie Thomas. They had two children but later divorced. Weldon and Doris remarried October 12, 1991, later solemnized in the St. George Temple. Together they have 10 children, 43 grandchildren and 76 great-grandchildren. Weldon worked hard and had several careers. He worked for General Electric for fifteen years where he was involved with the NASA Saturn rocket program. Later, he joined his brother, Arvard, in real estate development. Finally, he spent ten years managing the construction of the Hughes Helicopter Facility in Mesa, AZ. Weldon and Doris retired to Diamond Valley, Utah over twenty years ago. They served two LDS missions overseeing the construction of the Baton Rouge, LA and the Lubbock, TX temples. Weldon is survived by his wife, Doris; brother, Marvin (Morine); sister-in-law, Lenna; and children: Wayne (Sharon), Linda, Brenda (John), David (Barbara), Sheri (Rick), Mike and Dan (Jennifer); and stepchildren: Donald (Laurie), Amy, and Sam. Funeral services will be Monday, October 10, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at the LDS Brimhall Ward Chapel, 1249 South 48th Street, Mesa Arizona. A visitations will be held prior to services from 9:00 to 10:30 a.m. Interment will be at Arizona's Mesa City Cemetery on Monday Oct. 10th with Military Honors. Arrangements entrusted to the care of Metcalf Mortuary, 435-673-4221. For condolences, full obituary, and funeral listings please visit our website www.metcalfmortuary.com.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Oct. 2, 2016
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