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William "Bill" Wilbur Smith, 88, a longtime resident of Blackfoot, Idaho, died peacefully at home surrounded by his family on Friday, Oct. 30, 2015.
He was born Feb. 28, 1927 in Raymond, Alberta, Canada, the son of Silas Asael Smith and Hilda Luella Wilbur Smith. He graduated from Blackfoot High School in 1945 and was drafted six weeks later into the Army. He was sent to Germany with the Occupation Forces, where he served with the Military Police. He was honorably released from the Army on Jan. 7, 1947.
He married Jewel Eldean Christensen on May 11, 1948, in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. He worked as a plasterer with his father-in-law, William Dewey Christensen. during their early married life. He was hired by the U.S. Postal Service in 1963 and worked a rural carrier until 1988.
He served as a bishop, bishop's counselor, high councilor, ward clerk and teacher in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He and Jewel served two missions for the LDS Church, first at Temple Square in Salt Lake and later in Corry, Pennsylvania. They also served as ordinance workers in the Idaho Falls LDS Temple. They enjoyed traveling and spending time with family.
He is survived by his sisters Iola (Bob) Crowley of St. George, Utah and Afton Mangum of Blackfoot; four sons, Robert (Catherine), Scott, Larry (JaNae), all of Blackfoot; and Mark (Jeanette) of Salt Lake City, Utah; and two daughters, Karen (Ron) Howard of Gilbert, Arizona and Susan (Dale) Christiansen of Blackfoot; 36 grandchildren; and 48 great- grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Jewel; four brothers, R.L., Rex, Kenneth and Bobby; two sisters, Ida Mae and Margie; one grandson, Brady Knight Smith; and one great-granddaughter, Cozette Emmaline Johnson.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015 at the Blackfoot South Stake Center, 900 Riverton Road in Blackfoot, with Bishop Wes Potter conducting. The family will meet with friends and relatives from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, 2015 at Hawker Funeral Home, 132 South Shilling Avenue in Blackfoot and again for one hour prior to services at the church.  Interment will follow in the Grove City Cemetery. Military honors will be presented by the American Legion Stewart Hoover Post #23. Condolences may be sent to www.hawkerfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Morning News on Nov. 11, 2015
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