Erwin Jay Smith

12/7/1948 ~ 10/18/2020

Erwin Jay Smith passed away on the 18th of October 2020 at home due to complications from cancer. Erwin was born on December 7th, 1948 to Mahlon and Annie Mae (Gardiner) Smith, the second of seven children. He attended school in Lindon and Pleasant Grove graduating in 1967. He served in the Alaska/British Columbia LDS mission. He continued to serve the LDS church during his life in many capacities throughout the years to include: Bishopric, Sunday School Teacher, Young Men’s, and as a Temple Worker which he truly enjoyed. He married Deon Beveridge for time and all eternity on March 4, 1971 in the Salt Lake Temple. They were blessed/cursed (depending on one’s point of view) with three sons; Brett, Kayle and Justin.

Erwin worked hard throughout his life as a brick mason and coal miner. He was never one to shirk from a tough day’s work, taking pride in the fact that he made an honest living. He also served in the Utah National Guard, retiring as a Sergeant First Class. Erwin was proud of his time in Delta and Alpha companies of the 1457th Engineer Battalion and of his service in support of Desert Storm. After finishing his service to his country in uniform, he continued to serve as he revitalized the American Legion Post 4 in Mt. Pleasant during which time he served as the commander for several years.

Erwin supported his three sons and their families in all their endeavors throughout the years.

Grandpa Erwin and Grandma Deon were delighted with their 19 grandchildren as they tried to attend most events of grandchildren’s events to support them. It didn’t matter whether it was football, dance, softball, baseball, soccer, boxing, choir, basketball, wrestling, scouts, young women’s, a mission, an academic achievement, military service or a graduation; Grandpa would be there to cheer/console, congratulate, love and let them know that he cared for each of them.

Erwin is survived by his wife of 49 years Deon, his three sons, Brett (Merri), Kayle (Shelley), and Justin (Sara) and 19 (+ 4 additional that married in) grandchildren; his mother-in law Rosalyn Beveridge, his sisters Renda Bahr, Denise Sorensen, Cindy (Kerry Graves) three brothers Dan (Jane) Smith, Tod (Krystal) Smith and Tony Smith. Preceded in death by his parents Mahlon and Annie Mae Smith, father-in law Darrell Beveridge, and two brother in-laws Kent Sorensen and Carl Bahr.

A viewing will be held on Sunday evening the 25th of October from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at Rasmussen Mortuary located at 96 N in 100 W in Mt. Pleasant. Funeral services will be held Monday the 26th of October at 11:00 am at the Mt. Pleasant 1st Ward Chapel with a viewing form 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. prior to services at the church. Erwin will be laid to rest in the Mt. Pleasant City cemetery with Military honors provided by the Utah National Guard, American Legion Post 4, and the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9276. Online condolences at

19 Responses to “Erwin Jay Smith”

  1. Gary Gilbert says:

    So Sorry to hear of Erwin’s passing!!! Heaven just got another great man!!! He will be missed!! Condolences and Prayers to the family!!

  2. Bill and Paula larsen says:

    Thoughts and prayers for the Smith family. Erwin was a great guy. Always so thoughtful and kind. He and Deone have always treated us as family and took in Merri, Mazie, and Clayton as their own. He is gone too soon and will be missed.

  3. Liza Lee says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

  4. Ross Shelley says:

    We extend our love and sympathy to all of you. Erwin was a great friend.

  5. David Asay says:

    Dear Deon,
    I am so sorry to hear of your husbands passing. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and know that I will keep you in my prayers. May the Lord bless and comfort you.
    Love, Dave Asay

  6. Maurice and Shelly West says:

    So sorry to hear of Erwins passing he is a great man and will be missed alot. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Deon and your family.

  7. Bill and Neita Sorensen says:

    Deon and family…we are saddened by the news of Erwin’s passing. He always had a grin and a wave when he seen us in passing or at the store. He will be greatly missed by all…love is eternal…Bill and Neita Sorensen

  8. Katie Young says:

    Deon so sorry praying for you and your family.

  9. Ronald Brailsford says:

    Erwin thanks for being a friend and helping me through high school. I have a lot of fond memories of classes and actives we participated in together. Till we meet again. Ron Brailsford

  10. Louise Flyfare says:

    Deon, I lived in Erwins ward growing up, my maiden name was wigginton, we graduated together, he was a great per6, he will be missed, Louise Wigginton Flygare

  11. Steven & Lorraine Jensen says:

    Dear Deon
    We were so sad to hear of your sweet husbands passing. We were so blessed to be able to work with you and Erwin at the Temple. We pray for you and your family. Love Steven & Lorraine

  12. Lynn brothersen says:

    Erwin- will miss you. Well done Warrior. RIP

  13. Jim and Donnalee Thornton says:

    Dear Deon and family
    We know this is a very hard time for all and we express our love to you. We have known you for many years and have had many ward times and other occasions to be together. We will miss Erwin. May God bless you and all the family with the peace the gospel brings. Love Jim and Donnalee Thornton

  14. Milton & Vicki Larsen says:

    We are so sorry to hear of Erwin’s passing. We as a family was blessed to know and associate with your family. Our thought and prayers are with you and your family at this time.

  15. Dear Deon & Family,
    We were saddened to hear of Erwin’s passing. He was a true friend. I had the opportunity to learn the many skills as we laid brick together. We served together in the Elder’s Quorum, and even went on trips together. He always had a love for his family, and worked hard to provide for you. We both felt loved and accepted by him and enjoyed our friendship with him and Deon. He was so happy and caring for people around him. We hope that you will find comfort at this time as you share your memories of him. He was a good man. We will treasure his memory and the times we had with him. Love Craig & Jamie Olsen

  16. Janis Hanks says:

    So sorry for your loss,Deon and family. He will be missed by all, he was always so friendly. You two shared a great love and respect for each other. My prayers are with you and your family. Love, Janis Hanks

  17. Douglas Dyreng says:

    We will miss Erwin at the Temple. He was such a pleasant person and a wonderful Ordinance Worker. I am sure that he will continue this great work of gathering on the other side of the veil. We also appreciate the great service provided by Deon when she served at the temple. Love and condolences, President and Sister Dyreng

  18. Paul & Penny Hamilton says:

    Deon and family. How saddened we were for you and your wonderful family to belatedly
    learn of Erwin’s passing. We enjoyed many years with you in family home evenings and numerous gatherings that brought joy to us. He was a man of integrity, service to his country and to the his Savior that he did so very faithfully serve. You would be hard pressed to find anything worthy or good that he would not help with, regardless of how sick or weak he might have felt. He will be missed by many. May you receive all of the many eternal blessing possible that come through the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Our love and prayers for you all.

    Paul & Penny Hamilton.

  19. Larry Hanson says:

    Deon and family. So sorry for for your loss. May our Heavenly Father send down much love and comfort as you navigate this tough time in your lives. I send my deepest condolences. I enjoyed working for Erwin and learned much from him. The year Erwin coached our basketball team was one of the funnest times in my life. He and Craig brought a group of young men together and taught us many life lessons on and off the court. Our trip to St. George was a blast! Winning the tournament was special, but being together with the team and our families was even more meaningful. I know my father really enjoyed working with Erwin in the American Legion and cherished their friendship.