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Robert William Smith


1949 - 2016 Obituary Condolences
Robert William Smith Obituary
Robert William Smith, 66, of Blackfoot, Idaho died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, March 11, 2016, after a short courageous battle with pancreatic cancer.
He was born June 14, 1949 in Blackfoot, Idaho to William and Jewel Smith. He graduated from Blackfoot High School where he was active in wrestling. He served an LDS mission in Munich, Germany. After serving his mission, he continued his education at Ricks College, where he met his wife, Catherine Brown. They were sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
Robert worked at Baker's Shoes in Salt Lake City, Utah, Brownview Farms as a dairyman in Gooding, Idaho and eventually started his 37 year career for the US Postal Service as a Rural Carrier in Blackfoot.
Robert had a great love of the gospel of Jesus Christ. He was a faithful member who diligently served as a Bishop of Blackfoot 10th Ward and a member of the Blackfoot South Stake Presidency. He was currently serving as the Bishop's Counselor in the Blackfoot 15th Ward. He was kind, gentle, caring and uplifted many people's lives. He enjoyed reading, gardening, and playing with his grandchildren. Most of all, Robert loved his family and their dear friend, Minnie Maruji Adams.
He is survived by his wife, Catherine Smith of Blackfoot; son, Brant (Jennifer) Smith of Fremont, Ohio; two daughters, Brittney (Dusty) Simpson of Carey, Idaho and Courtney (Dan) Felix of Brownsburg, Indiana; three brothers, Scott Smith, Larry (JaNae) Smith both of Blackfoot, and Mark (Jeanette) Smith of Salt Lake City, Utah;  and 2 sisters, Karen (Ron) Howard of Gilbert, Arizona and Susan (Dale) Christiansen of Blackfoot, Idaho; and 10 grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his son, Brady Knight Smith; and parents, William and Jewel Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, March 19, 2016 at the Blackfoot Stake Center, 1650 Highland Dr. in Blackfoot, with Bishop Dennis Mendenhall conducting. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-8 p.m. Friday, March 18, 2016 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 S. Shilling Ave. in Blackfoot and again one hour prior to the services at the church. Interment will follow in the Grove City Cemetery.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.hawkerfuneralhome.com
Published in The Morning News on Mar. 16, 2016
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