Wade Smith Shawcroft
1928 ~ 2014

Wade Smith Shawcroft, beloved husband, father and grandfather, passed away peacefully of natural causes in Lehi, Utah, on Sunday morning, May 18, 2014. Wade transitioned from this earth on his terms, at home, surrounded by his family.

Wade was born on April 10, 1928, in Richfield, Colorado, into a cattle ranching family. His parents were David Earl Shawcroft and Martha Eliza Smith, and he was the youngest of eight children. Growing up, he was taught the gospel of Jesus Christ and the value of hard work, lessons that formed a solid foundation for him in charting the course of his life.

Wade married the love of his life, Bessie Ann Guymon, on September 22, 1953, in the Manti Temple. Married for over 60 years, seldom was a couple more dedicated to each other. They have always been best friends and partners in everything they did. With Bessie, Wade raised three children: Eric, Michelle and Christopher. They spent the majority of their married life in Highland, Utah, before relocating to Lehi in 2007.

Wade was a lifelong faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He exemplified the Lord’s teachings through service to others. As a young man, he was called to the Mexican Mission, and later in life—with Bessie—to the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission. He fulfilled many church callings and was a temple worker for many years. He also served his country in the US Army during the Korean Conflict.

Wade graduated from Brigham Young University with a BA in Secondary Education and an MA in Spanish. He later earned an MBA from the University of Utah. Wade taught Spanish in the Granite School District for many years in the ‘60s before a career change to being an auditor for the LDS Church, where he worked from 1970 to 1987.

Wade was a friend to all he met and was a man of integrity and unfailing kindness. A true green thumb, Wade was well known in Highland for his beautiful gardens and fruit trees. He was an avid BYU sports fan and loved spending time in the mountains. Above all, Wade’s family was his top priority, and he loved nothing better than spending time with them. Wade was preceded in death by his parents and his siblings: Zina, Lucy, Amel, John and Earl Shawcroft; Alice Guymon; and Hazel Westbrook. He is survived by his wife, Bessie, and children: Eric (Dan); Michelle Brown (Kevin); and Christopher (Emily). He is also survived by grandchildren Lauren (fiancé Jared) and Elder Matthew Brown; and Jenasie, Lillie, Chloe, Paisley, Charlie and Truman Shawcroft.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cedar Hollow 3rd LDS Ward Chapel, 2200 North 1200 East, Lehi. Friends and family may visit from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m prior to services. There will also be a viewing Wednesday evening, May 21, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at the Warenski Funeral Home, 1776 North 900 East, American Fork. Interment will be at the Highland City Cemetery following the funeral service. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the LDS General Missionary Fund.

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