Roland Reed Smith, 82, returned to his loving Heavenly Father on Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Grand Junction, Colorado, after a long battle with several health ailments. He was born in Stockton, Utah, on May 10, 1938, to George Willis Smith and Mary Margret Hale. He was the third of four children. Growing up, he enjoyed playing baseball and basketball with his friends, and he loved driving nice cars. He was an HD diesel mechanic and a sales engineer for Detroit Diesel for 30 years.
He is survived by his wife Elberta Tripp, whom he married June 26, 1959. He is survived by his four children: W. Reed Smith (Joni), Tamara Smith, Linda Mendenhall (Neil), and Josh Smith (Saruul). He also is survived by 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
At his heart, he was a family man, and he loved his calling as a home teacher. He loved visiting with others. He also enjoyed his calling as executive secretary in several bishoprics. He loved helping others and working in his home garage. His greatest joy of all, though, was spending time with his family and he loved to hear all about their life adventures. He was truly a supportive and loving father and grandfather to all of his kids.
There will be a viewing for family only at Tate Mortuary earlier in the day, but we invite friends and family to the graveside service. The service will begin at 11 a.m., Nov. 28, 2020, at the Tooele City Cemetery. We would like to recommend for all attending to wear a mask and maintain social distancing standards.