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
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
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.