Emory Smith “Smitty”, our much loved father,
grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend
passed away on July 5, 2015 at the age of 93.
Barclay was born June 4, 1922 in Magna, Utah to Thomas
Alonzo Smith and Frances Avon John, the second of 11 children.
He married his sweetheart Mary Katherine Mitchell on December
7, 1941 (Pearl Harbor Day) and was sealed in the Salt Lake
Temple on March 11, 1957 and was ever close by her side.
He served in the Coast Guard during World War II. He was
an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints, faithfully serving the Lord in many callings including
Bishop of the Northridge II Ward in Northridge, California.
Smitty touched many lives. He was genuine, accepting and
loving to all who knew him. He never met a stranger who
didn’t immediately become his friend. He was selfless
and eagerly served so many others. We were constantly entertained
by his banjo playing, songs, and quick wit. For many years,
he and his wife Mary resided in Northridge, California and
in 2004, they moved to Highland, Utah so they could be closer
Since he was a little boy, the movie theater always captured
his fascination. He later lived out his dream and had a
distinguished career with Mann Theaters becoming the Vice
President of Facilities. One of his “claims to fame”
was assisting many stars such as George Burns, John Travolta,
Clint Eastwood, and Sylvester Stallone place their hands
and footprints in the cement at Graumans Chinese Theater
Barclay is survived by his daughter, Cecile Avon Fernandez
of Taylorsville, Utah, and sons Barclay Jr. (Gail) of Mesquite,
Nevada, and Adrian (Linda) Carlisle of Marina del Rey, California,
10 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. He is also
survived by his sisters Adele Smith, Wanda LaValle and brother
Adrian Smith as well as numerous in-laws, nephews and nieces.
He is preceded in death by his parents, wife Mary Katherine
Mitchell Smith, sisters Avon, Afton, and Fawn Smith, and
brothers Kenneth, Raymond, Eliinn (Sweed) and Donald Smith.
The family wishes to express our gratitude to the caregivers
at Highland Cove of Salt Lake City who were so kind to him
the last three years.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 14, 2015, at
11:00 am at the Highland 27th LDS Ward Chapel, 11800 North
6411 West, Highland, Utah. Family and friends may call Tuesday
morning from 10:00 to 10:45 am prior to services at the
church. Interment will take place in the Highland City Cemetery.
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