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Stephen Parkinson Smoot
Civil Rights Champion
Stephen Parkinson Smoot, died May 16th, 2012, after enduring 22 years of cancer.
Born June 13, l928 in Salt Lake City, to Isaac Albert and Nettie Smart Parkinson Smoot.
Attended Salt Lake public schools, graduated 1945 - East High School, 1952 - University of Utah (Political Science), graduate studies at U of U in 1960's. Fraternities: Sigma Nu & Delta Phi; mining prospector, broker in oil and gas leases, securities and real estate; Scout and Landman with Gulf Oil Corp; Democratic party positions, including Salt Lake County and Utah State Democratic Party Chairman and as a delegate to the 1960 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles; appointed during the Kennedy administration as the Director of the Salt Lake District Office, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce; established an export-import business working in India, the far east and the former Soviet Union; US Court appointed trustee, appraiser and real estate broker; co-founder and president of the Utah chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) and 2011 recipient of its Torch of Freedom, Lifetime Achievement Award; board member of numerous civic committees and councils. Director/Executive Secretary of the Salt Lake Committee on Foreign Relations (1963 to1996);
His service in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints includes missions to Hawaii and Eastern Canada, high council, gospel doctrine teacher, bishop of the University 4th Ward, Salt Lake Inner-city missionary for 11 years, co-director of the Storehouse of Specialists; athlete in football, basketball, skiing, scuba-diving, running and rock climbing; Eagle Scout; enjoyed good jazz, classical music and the NBA Jazz; loved vacationing at his Costa Rica home and cabin in his beloved Pine Valley, Woodland.
He married Marilyn Stewart Hewlett August 21, 1950 in the Salt Lake Temple; married 47 years until her death in 1996; married Paula Margetts Swaner and was amicably divorced; survived by his present wife, Mary Lou Jenkins Thurston; children: Shauna S. Bradley (James), Stephen Hewlett Smoot (Jill), Sherman Isaac Smoot (Nan Waller, Sherri Oyler) and Allison S. Kilbourn (John); 18 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren. Mary Lou added her 3 married children, 15 grandchildren, and 23 great-grand children to the marriage. Preceding him in death were his parents and all his siblings- Ruth, Park and Richard and their spouses.
Services will be Thursday, May 24th at 12 Noon at the Monument Park Stake Center, 1320 So. Wasatch Drive. Friends may gather Wednesday evening from 6 - 8 pm at Larkin Sunset Lawn, 2350 E. 1300 So. and at the church Thursday morning from 11:00 - 11:45 am prior to services. Interment, Woodland, Utah Cemetery. Share online condolences at www.larkincares.com.
In lieu of flowers, please donate to The Perpetual Education Fund via the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


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Published in The Salt Lake Tribune from May 20 to May 23, 2012.
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May 20, 2019
I was just yesterday thinking of Steve, I am once again serving with young adults and I was thinking of the blessing that Steve and Marilyn have and continue to be in my life and the lives of my loved ones.
Dan Perry
June 16, 2012
Although a distant cousin, I most frequently ran into Steve in an unlikely place: Loeb's Perfect New York Deli in Washington, DC. I was saddened to learn of his passing while my family and I were visiting our summer home last week, because I wanted to tell him that Loeb's recently reopened at a new location on I Street NW between 17th and 18th Streets, more convenient to the Center for Strategic and International Studies (which I imagine Steve knew well). It's being ably run by the founder's son, David, and serving the same great tasting, but diet-breaking, food. Instead, I'll make it a point, the next time I stop there, to lift a can of Dr. Brown's Cream Soda in Steve's memory as I have my hot pastrami on rye.
Nick Snow
May 28, 2012
I have been honored by having had the great opportunity to have had acquaintance with parts of this mans family. Thank you.
Robert Bennion
May 26, 2012
Dear Mary Lou and Cousins,
Uncle Steve will be remembered as a real gentleman. He was so kind, and always genuinely interested in all his nieces and nephews and their families.We loved the get togethers at the Ranch and the cabin. What a legacy of goodness the has left! Our prayers are with you, Shauna, Steve, Sherm, and Allison. Until we meet again, Uncle Steve.
Celia McDonald
May 24, 2012
Dear Shauna & family. I am very sorry to hear of the loss of your father. You expressed your love and care for him many times to me so I know that he leaves this world being very loved. My condolences to you and all of your family.
Teri Swaner
May 23, 2012
Sherm & family,Sorry to hear of the loss
of your father.Our thoughts are with
you. Mike&Ruth Crittenden
May 23, 2012
I was so sorry to hear of Steve's passing. I grew up with the Smoot family and thought every one of them was an exceptional person. Steve was so kind to me and made me feel welcome and important. What a wonderful man. My condolences to you all.
Ann Draper
May 23, 2012
Dear family of Stephen Smoot, I offer my condolences to you and feel bad about not getting to you in person. Someone has to be with Joan full time and at the times mentioned for viewings that soemone is me.
Stephen has awqys been there for support as have the rest of you. My love and the blessings of the Lord be there for all of you.
lAbraham Owen Smoot 5
May 23, 2012
Stephen Smoot is a great man with an amazing legacy. I knew him all my life and never heard a unkind word leave his mouth. He's kind as the day is long. He is missed but I am sure he is happy to go home.
Zac Holzapfel
May 23, 2012
I always appreciated Stephen and Marilyn and each of you children. It was great growing up with such good people; you have inspired me in various ways throughout the years. Thank you.
Amy Dixon
May 22, 2012
Dear Mrs. Smoot, Shauna, Steve, Sherm, and Allison,

I have very vivid memories of growing up on Monument Park Circle with The Smoots. Your parents were loving and wonderful neighbors. I am thinking of you as you reflect on your Dad's exemplary life. I'm so glad I knew him and all of you. I'm thinking of you!

Gayle (Pyke) and Donn Griffith
Gayle Griffith
May 22, 2012
We loved Uncle Steve so much and will really miss him. He was always super nice, caring and fun to be around. We have wonderful memories and will never forget how loved we felt when we were with Uncle Steve. What a special man. All our love to you.
Brian & Vickie Smoot
May 22, 2012
Dear Shauna, Steve, Sherm-

We are so sorry to hear of your loss. Our thoughts are with you-
Mike & Lori Kelsey
May 22, 2012
We were so sorry to hear of your sweet father's passing. He was one of our favorites (along with your Mother). What a wonderful reunion for them. We love your wonderful family and please know you are in our thoughts and prayers; and aren't we blessed to know we will all see him again. In lieu of flowers we will do as requested. All our love, Romney & Mayrene
Romney & Mayrene Stewart
May 22, 2012
Dear Family of Stephen Smoot,
We were students at the U of U when Stephen was a counselor in the first or second student ward at the U of U. He served with Oscar W. Mc Conkie Jr and Neal A. Maxwell. Spiritually in tune and loving and kind to all with a great sense of humor. We loved him for his example and love for us and all. He lived the first and second commandments at all times in our presence.
Harlan and Mary Alice Clark
Glen Harlan Clark
May 22, 2012
Dear Shauna, Steve, Sherm, and Allison, Nola and I have many fond and dear memories of the "Growing up years" of our families". We love all of you. Your Dad was a man of many talents and accomplishments. We always enjoyed the time we spent with him and your Mother. Marilyn was our choice and dear friend also. We loved her dearly. As life goes on we wish all of you the best, and hope our trails cross more often.
Don and Nola Swenson
May 22, 2012
Smoot Family, May you find peace and comfort in the knowledge of our Savior's plan. Our thoughts are with your family at this time.
Paul Lindsey Family
May 22, 2012
To the family of "my Bishop": Your dad will always be my Bishop. You will never know the impact he made in my life. I got out of the Navy and was welcomed into the University 4th Ward with my wife, then not a member of the LDS Church. Your father and mothers example to us showed us and me where we wanted to go. All of you children saw my family start to grow and Shauna helped us with them.

I loved seeing him and you at the ranch 2 years ago with so many others whose lives he impacted. I am forever grateful for such a great man and his family. You children, you have a great legacy to live up to. I am sorry I will not be able to attend the service but my youngest daughter Rebecca Call will be there, she too is part of his legacy.
Dan Perry
May 22, 2012
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Ron Howard Family
May 21, 2012
I am in Bangkok, Thailand and got a text message from my brother Joe telling me that Steve Smoot had died. It saddened me deeply. Steve, a relative on my mom's side, was one of my heroes. He was one of the co-founders of the ACLU of Utah, along with Mickey Duncan and Spencer Kimball. Mickey and Steve were students at the University of Utah and Kimball, the eldest son of President Spencer W., was a professor at the University of Utah law school. The organization of the ACLU took place at the height of the McCarthy era, one of the darkest times in the history of civil rights infringement in the U.S.

Steve was one of those rare “liberals” who maintained his devotion to the LDS Church while at the same time being involved in helping to silence McCarthy, being a leader in the civil rights movement in Utah and later the gay rights movement.

I'll never forget an hour we spent together last spring with Millie in support of one of our young gay friends at a disciplinary council in one of the Rose Park churches that had ultimately resulted in the excommunication (unfair in our opinion) of our young gay friend.

Steve had been a bishop in an adjacent ward while we lived in University Village while in med school. He will always be remembered for his kind, gentle and fair approach to difficult Church issues, his warm smile, his graciousness, his intellectualism, his thoughtfulness and his magnanimity. A truly great man I was proud to call a relative.
Gary Watts
May 21, 2012
Your dad was always the same kind, friendly, and honorable man wherever I saw him. Thank you for all the kindnesses you showed our family growing up in your neighborhood. We are grateful for the history we have with your dad and mom. God bless you all.
Christina (Buxton) Nilson
May 21, 2012
Hi Allison Steve, Sherm and Shauna.....
I knew your parents very well, and loved them dearly. Of course I saw you guys grow up, what with living next door. I am very sorry, however, he really got the most out of life. We didn't see eye to eye on politics....or having your loved one cremated, but then I guess that is what makes us
all different. He and Marilyn were a GREAT couple. Much love to you all.,,,,,Claudette
Claudette Bigler
May 21, 2012
Dear Smoot Family. You are in our thoughts and prayers. Thank you for being such great people. Bless you always.
Love,
Darol and Loree Wagstaff
May 20, 2012
Sincere condolences to our Pine Valley friends. We are sorry for your loss.
Zane & Elizabeth Woolstenhulme
May 20, 2012
My condolences to all of the Smoot kids. Your dad was a great guy. He always treated me with such friendly kindness, always made me feel welcome at the ward and he was the only other democrat I knew of in the ward. So sorry for your loss. He was a wonderful man.
Liz Draper Steele
May 20, 2012
Steve (and his friend Dr. Joseph E. Black of the Rockefeller Foundation) were consistent supporters of the United Nations, of which I was once a part, and also they were leaders for many years in the international affairs community of Salt Lake City, as also during those times, was the late Dr. S. Grover Rich.
Dr. Robert S. Jordan
May 20, 2012
Dearest Smoot Family,
We send our love and are so sorry to be traveling in Ohio all week and unable to attend the funeral on Thursday. We love your precious parents and are delighted to know that they will join again after these years of separation. Many fond memories of them in the University 4th Ward live on in our hearts and minds.
May you each be blessed as you continue the rich legacy so beautifully modeled by your exemplary father.
With much love,
Craig and Jan Zwick
May 20, 2012
As his closest neighbors in Pine Valley, Patsy and I miss him already, All our love to his family.
David Goates
May 20, 2012
Mary Lou and family.

We were saddened to hear of Steve's passing. He was a good friend of my father, John Archer and together they had many prospecting adventures and business arrangements. They remained close up to the time of John's passing in 2008. There was much commiserating while they shared the latest trials and tribulations of prostate treatments. John always thought highly of Steve and appreciated his friendship, integrity and business acumen. We send our love, heartfelt prayers and positive thoughts to you and your family during this most difficult time.
Betsy & Bill Williams
May 20, 2012
Very sorry to hear of the death of Stephen Smoot. Brings back a lot of good memories of the old childhood neighborhood and the Smooth family. He was a great guy in so many ways.
Tad Bullen
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