Dennis Kay Smith


Dennis Kay Smith, 67, of Cedar City, Utah passed away peacefully, surrounded by his family on Saturday January 20, 2018 due to complications from liver cancer.

Dennis was born in Cedar City on April 25, 1950 to McKay and Norene Heyborne Smith.  His youth was spent in the hills east of Cedar City in what many called “Dog Town.”  While still a student at Cedar High School he began working for Iron County Lumber. He graduated from Cedar High School in 1968.  In 1970 he started working for California Pacific, this began his career in the power industry that would last more than 40 years.  On August 7, 1970, he married his sweetheart and best friend, Karen Ence.  They were later sealed in the Provo Temple on May 28, 1975.

Dennis served faithfully in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many capacities, including Bishop of a young single adult ward and married student ward, and as a counselor to five bishops. Dennis loved serving with the youth of the church.  He served in the scouting program for 28 years and was instrumental in helping many boys receive the Eagle Award.  Dennis was recognized for his years of service with the Silver Beaver Award.

Dennis was a hard worker and jack of all trades. He loved cooking especially for his family and friends. He catered for many work and church functions.  Dennis had a knack for fixing and making things from marshmallow and potato guns to heavy duty water balloon launchers and copper bracelets. He was always taking things apart trying to make them bigger and better.  He enjoyed working on his Samurai with his grandsons.  The last few years he found great solace on Cedar Mountain at the Ence family cabin.  Everyone he met quickly became a friend.  All were welcome in his home and at his dinner table. Dennis leaves a legacy of love and service.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Smith; son, Brady Kay Smith (Jill); daughter, Michelle Smith; his grandchildren; Mitchell, Logan, Kordell, Carter and Jaycee; mother, Norene Heyborne Smith; sisters, Marilyn Bauer (Lynn), Cindy Rodet (Steve); father-in-law, Douglas Ence; sister-in-law’s, Teresa Skougaard (Dave), Evelyn Ashworth (Stephen); brother-in-law, Rodney Ence (Pam), Jerry Jensen and many nieces and nephews. Dennis is preceded in death by his father, McKay Smith; a sister, Terri Christiansen; sister-in-law, Elise Jensen; and nephew, Zachary Rodet.

Viewings were held on Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at the Southern Utah Mortuary and prior to the services at the Cedar North Stake Center.  The funeral was held at the Cedar North Stake Center on Wednesday, January 24. Internment was held at the Cedar City Cemetery under the direction of the Southern Utah Mortuary.

The family would like to thank Ethan Bunker of Sun Tree Home Health and Hospice and all of the staff at Southwest Cancer Center in Cedar City Utah for the special care they gave.

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