Earl Smith Obituary

Earl Ephraim Smith
Earl Ephraim Smith

July 28, 1917 - September 20, 2004
Born in Mackay, ID
Resided in Ogden,, UT
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Earl Ephraim Smith

OGDEN – Earl Ephraim Smith, age 87, passed away on September 20, 2004 at Manor Care in Ogden, Utah from complications of Parkinson’s Disease. He was surrounded by his loving wife, Afton Marie, along with four generations of family that loved him as a husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

Earl was born in Mackay Idaho on July 28, 1917, the son of Ephraim Jacobson and Beatrice Liddiard, who later divorced and Earl was raised by his stepfather George R. Smith.

He attended school in Driggs, Idaho, where he graduated from Teton High, lettering in all sports, along with being a Golden Glove Boxer, and was voted “Best Physique” in the class. After high school he served his apprenticeship as a finishing carpenter under his stepfather in the family business located in Anaconda, Montana, where he met and married his sweetheart and love of his life Afton Marie Massey. They were married on March 29, 1941; in 1963 their marriage was solemnized in the Logan Temple. They were friends and sweethearts for 63 years.

Earl moved his family to Ogden, Utah in 1947 where he worked for Wade Brothers Construction building houses until his retirement. He was an excellent craftsman and took great pride in his work.

Earl loved the outdoors. He loved to fish and spent many hours in his boat along with his wife at Flaming Gorge with both of them trying to catch the biggest fish. He had a soft heart for all animals, especially his dog Ginger.

Earl was a member of the LDS church and was an Elder in the Canyon View 3rd Ward.

He was preceded in death by his parents, two sisters and a great-great grandson, Haiden Johnson.

Surviving are his wife; one son and daughter-in-law, Brent and Laurie Smith, Eden, Utah; two daughters, Julie Johnson and Joan Davies, both of Ogden; eight grandchildren; and 19 great grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother and sister-in-law, Leonard and Dorothy Smith of Anaconda, Montana; and a special nephew Kevin Massey of Ogden; and many other nephews, nieces and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law.

Earl’s family would like to give special thanks to all the wonderful caregivers at Manor Care.




Myers Mortuary - Ogden
100 Monroe Blvd.
Ogden, UT US 84404
September 25, 2004
9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
September 25, 2004
11:00 AM
Myers Evergreen Memorial Park
100 Monroe Blvd.
Ogden, UT US 84404
September 25, 2004
11:00 AM