On Sunday, September 27, 2020, Dell Evan Smith passed away at the age of 72, at his home in Oakley with his children by his side.
Dell was born on April 13, 1948 in Rupert, Idaho, to Rural (Pink) and Leanor Smith. He was one of eight children; Dennis, Ira (Jim), Pamela, Christie, Debbie, Lori Sue, and his twin brother, Dale.
Dell attended high school in Oakley, Idaho but soon realized that he already had amazing, natural skills in mechanics, so he quit school and began working in local mechanic shops for a short period of time. Before long he built his own shop and began running his own business, “Smith’s Repair”. The business excelled furiously, as Dell was a masterfully skilled and honest mechanic. He eventually expanded his business and opened another shop in Burley and made his two sons equal partners. Together they have always kept the business family owned and operated and the trio was always known as extremely skillful, hardworking, trusted mechanics.
On May 16, 1965, Dell married Barbara Lynn Walton and they quickly started their own family. They had six children, Donna, Dixie, Dell, Daniel, Deanna, and Delta. Eventually all of Dell’s children gave him many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Dell dabbled in other areas of work throughout his life, including running a farm and ranch in Utah and also moving to Hawaii to try his hand in logging the beautiful exotic wood, Koa, which he was fascinated with. No matter what Dell did he always excelled. He was an extremely intelligent man that was great at everything he did.
Dell was a lifetime member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, of which he was very proud. He lived his life the best way he could and many, many people not only knew him but truly loved him. He was extremely caring and never turned anybody away for any reason. He tried every day to teach his children to always have good morals, to be humble and always take pride in who they are and to always help others even when they didn’t believe it was deserved - and above all else, to always be honest.
Dell absolutely adored all of his children and truly lived his life for them down to his very last breath.
Dell was preceded in death by his mom and dad, Leanor and Pink Smith; his sister, Pamela; his oldest daughter, Donna; and his youngest son, Daniel. He is survived by his other four children, Dixie, Dell, Deanna, and Delta and many grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday, October 2, 2020 at the Oakley Stake Center in Oakley with Bishop Ryan Hawker officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakley Cemetery. A viewing for friends and family will be held from 6:00 until 7:00 Thursday evening at the Church in Oakley and from 10:00 until 10:45 Friday at the church prior to the services. Those attending any of the services are asked to practice CDC recommendations of wearing a mask and social distancing. Arrangements are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home, 188 South Hwy 24 in Rupert.