Oliver Carl Smith

8/26/1934 ~ 2/2/2021

Oliver Carl Smith, 86 returned to his Heavenly Father on February, 2, 2021. He was born August 26, 1934 in Mt. Pleasant, Utah to Sherman Smith and Olive Anna Ellen Truscott. Oliver grew up working hard spending his summers herding sheep with his Father and Brothers in the beautiful Manti La Sal mountains above Mt. Pleasant. He has many fond memories, racing across the mountains on his beloved horse Tootsie. He developed a love for agriculture, especially livestock and horses. Oliver was a star athlete and excelled in Basketball, Football, and Tennis. He and his brother Allen were an unbeatable pair on the basketball court playing for North Sanpete High School. He graduated from North Sanpete High School and soon after proudly served his country in the United States Army. His commendations in the Army include Sharpshooter (Rifle), Expert (Carbine), and Good Conduct Medal. While in the Army he played on the Army’s Tennis team playing matches throughout the United States. After being honorably discharged from the Army he began his career as a journeyman carpenter. He became a master of his trade and started his own successful construction company in Mt. Pleasant. In addition to a construction company, he raised sheep and Quarter horses. Oliver married Louise Swensen in 1971. They divorced after 22 years of marriage. This marriage produced three wonderful sons- Justen, Carl, and John. Oliver instilled in his sons the values of hard work and service. He taught them a love of the outdoors, firearms, agriculture, camping, hunting, and sports. Many memories were made on horseback rides from Mt. Pleasant up Pleasant Creek and over the mountain into the canyons lining Miller’s flat for family camping trips. He taught his sons responsibility by teaching them how to raise livestock and horses, work construction, and haul hay. Oliver was a cowboy and loved western movies, especially John Wayne and country music. He was proud of the beautiful home he built himself in Mt. Pleasant and was able to raise his family there. He was an avid sports fan and loved watching NFL Football and NBA Basketball games, especially the Dallas Cowboys and Utah Jazz. Later in life, Oliver reunited with his high school sweetheart Nancy Staker and they were married on August 4, 1998. They spent 23 amazing years together and his sweetheart was by his side when he passed. Oliver and Nancy spent their years together pulling their travel trailer throughout the western United States. Oliver was a faithful member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and served in many capacities and callings. He was always first to volunteer for service opportunities. Family was everything to Oliver and he loved his wife, sons, and grandchildren dearly. Oliver is survived by his wife Nancy R. Smith, three sons- Justen (Zara) Smith, Farmington; Carl (Leslie) Smith, West Bountiful; John (Rachelle) Smith, Sandy as well as 10 grandchildren and one great granddaughter. Due to COVID-19 there will only be a graveside service on February 13, 2021 at 1:00 pm at the Mt. Pleasant Cemetery.

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10 Responses to “Oliver Carl Smith”

  1. Dale and Sheryl Neves says:

    We are so sorry for your loss of your sweetheart Nancy. You have shared a wonderful life together. These sweet memories will be with you and comfort you. Our thoughts and love are with you as is the love and comfort of our Saviour.

  2. Susan Bruschke says:

    Dear Nancy and Family,
    The beauty of a life well-lived continues on in the hearts and memories of loving family and friends. I have known Oliver and you, Nancy, for a year and half. In that time, the sweetness of your love, the kindness of your relationship, and the deep feeling of family has been keenly evident. May you and your family be blessed to feel the comfort of the Spirit and tender mercies of our dear Savior in your lives. We all are here with support and friendship, and continue to love our lovely, kind, and sweet Nancy. Loving you all!

  3. Brad & Alisha Pehrson says:

    We are so sorry for your loss. Please accept our condolences, and know that each of you are in our prayers during this difficult time. Please feel free to contact us if you need anything. We love you!

  4. George N and Kay Johansen says:

    We are sorry to hear of Oliver’s passing. He was a good friend through the years. He was our home teacher, we served in church callings together, he was the one that built the main cement dividing structure for our Twin Creek Irrigation Company. It was a difficult job but he did a perfect job. That’s the kind of man he was. He was a gentle and wonderful man. We’ve had many good discussions. He will surely be missed. Our prayers are with Nancy and his family.

  5. Jeni Cain says:

    So sorry to hear about his passing. I grew up next door to the Smith boys, Oliver was always just that quiet presence. When I think of him I picture him in his red plaid shirt with his black and white dog (Bandit, I think). Please know you are in my thoughts.

  6. Kelsey and Teresa Cain says:

    Our dear neighbors for years in Mt. Pleasant. My thoughts go back to many fond memories of his boys in Scouts and deer hunting with Butch Johansen and his boys on the Skyline drive. Our very best to your family.

  7. Neita Sorensen says:

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We loved Oliver. He was always pleasant and a kind friend and his smile was one of a kind. Bill worked with him on several large projects. His work ethic was a great example to follow….he will be missed.
    Bill and Neita Sorensen

  8. Dear Nancy, our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. have fond memories of our high school years and basketball..

  9. We love you Nancy and Smith Family! xoxoxo Our hearts are with you at this very difficult time. xoxoxoxo

  10. Ed and Lois Jessen says:

    Nancy such a hard time our thoughts and prayers are with you.