Tommy Joe Smith
Tommy Joe Smith passed away on Thursday, May 30, 2019.
He was 76, at the time of his passing. He was a long-time resident of Roy, Utah. He was born on March 23, 1943, in Temple, TX, the 5th of 7 children, to Earl Smith Sr. and Ineta Blunson. Tommy grew up in Temple, graduated from Dunbar High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Huston-Tillotson University, Austin, TX, and a Master’s degree in Management - Public Administration from the University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT.
In 1965, he married Kathleen Jones. From this union two children were born — a daughter, Tracye, and son, Trystan. He was a member of the Second Baptist Church, Ogden, UT, where he served as a Sunday School teacher, Deacon, Chairperson - Long Range Planning, Consultant - Church Construction and Renovation, and was instrumental in Second Baptist’s purchase of the Touch of Paradise camp in Paradise, Utah.
Tommy worked for the State of Utah, in the Department of Human Services. Prior to his retirement, he served as the Director of the local Division of Rehabilitation Services. He retired in 2007, after 30 years working for the State of Utah.
Tommy also served his community. He served two-terms on the Roy City Council; and two terms on the Roy City - Planning Commission. He was an appointed member of the Roy City - Water Conservancy District. He was also a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., (Utah Chapter - Pi Xi Lambda). Tommy had a passion for his community and was always open for a new project.
He was preceded in death by his parents — Earl Smith and Ineta Blunson; brothers Earl Smith, Richard Smith and Charles Smith; and a sister Lula Flowers. He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Kathleen Jones Smith; children Tracye Smith Rollins, Bloomington, IL and Trystan Smith (Shannon), NSL, UT; four grandchildren, Richard Kevin Rollins and Kellin Rollins, Phoenix, AZ and Grey Smith and Lena Smith of NSL, UT; numerous nieces and nephews of Temple, TX; a sister Louise Porter, Temple, TX and brother Murray Smith of Austin, TX.
We will remember Tommy for his love of family, especially his grandchildren; and his passion and commitment to Second Baptist Church and its members. Wherever he participated, he had one thought “I want it to have meant something.”
Funeral services scheduled on Saturday, June 8, 2019, at 2:00 p.m., at Second Baptist Church, 227 – 27th Street, with a viewing prior from 12:30 – 1:40 p.m. Interment, Evergreen Memorial Park, 100 Monroe Blvd.
Arrangements entrusted to Myers Ogden Mortuary.
Condolences may be sent to the family at www.myers-mortuary.com