Ferrol Dale Smart, 95, was welcomed into the loving arms of his Father in Heaven and family June 23, 2022. Dale was born March 31, 1927, in Tooele, Utah, to George and Margaret Miller Murray Smart. Dale married his sweetheart MarJean Shaw in Magna, Utah, June 4, 1947, and was later sealed in the Salt Lake Temple.
As a graduate of Tooele High School, Dale was the captain of the basketball team, placing in the state tennis tournament. He also played football, earning an athletic scholarship to Utah State University. He was a volunteer fireman for the Tooele Fire Department. Dale began his career at the Tooele Ordinance Depot and eventually became an insurance agent with Farmers Insurance. In 1960, Dale bought an insurance agency in Brigham City, Utah, where he moved his family. Dale later moved his family to Salt Lake City as he purchased a second insurance agency there in 1963. Dale excelled in the insurance industry, winning many awards including President’s Council, the most prestigious award in Farmers Insurance.
Dale enjoyed boating, singing, dancing and golf. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, where he served in many callings. Dale and MarJean also enjoyed serving as ordinance workers in the St. George Temple. He was very handy – he knew how to fix anything and everything, including his Model A Ford. He loved long car rides and road trips.
In 1948 he started what became the annual Smart Family Christmas party, which has continued for 73 years. He organized many family events including our annual Smart Family Reunion at Lagoon. He served as President of Bloomington Country Club, where he had two holes in one. In 2011 he was awarded the Alzheimer’s Caregiver of the Year Award for his care of his dear wife MarJean.
You are our sunshine
Our only sunshine
You make us happy
When skies are gray
You’ll never know, Dale
How much we love you
Please know your sunshine is here to stay!
He is survived by his spouse Coleene Neerings and her children; daughters Pam Clayton, St. George, Utah; Karen (George) Mower, Vail, Arizona; Deanna (Terry) Tucker, Draper, Utah; Marcia (Randy) Cronk, St. George, Utah; 11 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his spouse MarJean Smart; parents George and Margaret Smart; brother Floyd; sisters Barbara Madsen, Melba Powell; son-in-law Steve Clayton; great-grandson Oliver BC Clayton.
Friends and family are invited to attend a celebration of life, Thursday, June 30, 2022, 11 a.m., at the Bloomington Stake Center, at 200 W. Brigham Road, St. George, Utah. A viewing will be held prior to services, 10 – 10:45 a.m., at the same location. Interment will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, July 1, 2022, at the Tooele City Cemetery, Tooele, Utah. Zoom link https://zoom.us/j/95327259066. Arrangements and memorial tree planting by Serenity Funeral Home of Southern Utah, 435-986-9100.