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Albert Blen Smith

January 7, 1946 - September 7, 2013

Albert Blen Smith, 67 passed away in Layton, Utah on Saturday September 7th, 2013. Blen fought a courageous battle against cancer for almost 10 years.Blen was born January 7, 1946 to Vern M. and Elaine Alsop Smith in Brigham City, Utah.

As a toddler, his family moved to Clearfield. Blen grew up with his older sister and two younger brothers. Through his teenage years, Blen excelled in scouting and earned his eagle scout award. Also, a great Skier and a popular student, graduating from Clearfield High in 1964.

At an early age, Blen began his family and a career. He married Carol Ann Nalder and began selling insurance in Clearfield. They later divorced, but their bond remained strong until the end.

Blen and Carol had two daughters, Elyse and Stacey. Elyse is married and resides in St. George with her husband Bill and her daughter Bailey who is teaching school lives very near to them.

Stacey lives in West Point with her Husband and two daughters Tatum and Sydney.He loved his girls and his grandkids with all his heart and soul. Blen served his country by joining the Utah National Guard and proudly gave his time and efforts. There were few things that hindered Blen’s enjoyment of life.

Along with his love of family, friends and business associates, he was crazy about sports.  Being an avid Utah Jazz and NY Yankee fan.

After years of working in the family business at Vern M. Smith Insurance, He opened his own agency named Blen Smith Insurance. He operated in Clearfield for over 30 years until recently selling in 2010. His daughter Stacey working along his side for many of these years.

Blen also enjoyed many friends and loyal customers throughout his years.  A selfless person: thought entirely of others and always careful not to hurt the ones he cared about.

If Blen possessed a fault at all: it was that he could not say “no”. He had an open-door policy to those in need, and at times his generosity was overwhelming.  He will be sorely missed and will be a blessing wherever his passing takes him. His father Vern: whom Blen shared many common feelings, preceded him to the hereafter in 2000′.

Surviving are his two daughters Elyse Groves (Bill) and Stacey Garr (Tony). Three grandchildren: Bailey, Tatum and Sydney.  Also surviving are his mother Elaine Smith whose mutual love will remain eternal. Grieving siblings: Stephanie Broschinsky (Charles), Roger Smith and Gary Smith will also feel a deep loss.

A better person could not be found. Always there to help and comfort, his kindness and humor was always unconditionally given.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, September 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. at the Leavitt’s Mortuary Waterfall Atrium.  A visitation will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. prior to the celebration.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Children’s Cancer Research fund at www.childrenscancer.org  Please send online condolences to www.leavittsmortuary.com

 

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Born: January 7, 1946
Died: September 7, 2013

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ken gardner posted on 9/14/13

So sorry to hear about Blen. When Roger and I were best friends all those years I thought of Blen as my big brother as well.Loved Vern and Blen and you, Roger...and your Mom, too. My very best & you're in my prayers, Kenny Gardner

 

Pat King Barber posted on 9/14/13

My brother, Felshaw King, and I, were sorry to learn of Blen's passing. Even though we have not seen all of you for years, our families go way back, beginning with Vern and our Dad, William (Bill) sharing an office in the Smith Building. Our thoughts and prayers are with all your family. Our condolences to all of you at this time and in the coming days. Sincerely, Felshaw and Mary King and Patricia K. Barber

 

Jeannie Nalder posted on 9/13/13

I' m sure you're in a lot of pain and I wish you, Elyse & Stacy my heartfelt condolences. I apologize for not making it so the service, but I didn't get to the computer in time to find out when it was going to be. The last time I saw Blen he looked much better than I had expected and it was good to see him. I will keep your family in my prayers and I hope that Blen & Bruce are enjoying getting to see each other again without all the pressures from down here on earth. That would be my wish for them. Take care and best wishes.

 

Jim and Eileen Buchanan posted on 9/12/13

Elyse, Bill and Bailey, We were sorry to read about your loss and wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.

 

George Hotchkiss posted on 9/12/13

Carol take care of yourself at this sad time, I did not know Blen but sure sounds like he was a great man. my condolences !! your friend George

 

Loretta Ruiz posted on 9/12/13

Carol & Family, My thoughts a prayers go out to your entire family. You are all very strong with everything you have been through. Blen is now in a better place. Loretta

 

Earl Livingston posted on 9/12/13

I've know Blen since grade school. We fished, golfed and had good times over the years. I will miss him and his friendship. Please accept my condolences. Earl Livingston

 

Mel Larew posted on 9/12/13

I knew Blen in our youth. He was always one of the good guys.

 

Judy Lake posted on 9/11/13

Blen treated Gene & I (Judy ) like we were his Family when we first met, yet we were simply customers, in the beginning ! We had just started a new business after 20 years in the Air force, but we later became more like FAMILY!! I felt like Blen was more like a beloved Brother as we grew to love him for the wonderful person that he was!! He was there for me when Gene passed away, helping me with the business. A wonderful, kind, giving man....You will be sorely missed Blen :O) May you rest in peace !! Our thoughts & prayers are with the Smith family! We are sooo sorry for your GREAT LOSS!! Judy Lake & Family

 

Gae Nalder Perkins posted on 9/11/13

I have good memories of Blen. He and Carol were with my sons and I during some of our darkest hours. I will never forget all the help and love that he gave to us. Blen...you are one of a kind and I will miss you very much!

 

Lynn Perkins posted on 9/11/13

Some of my best memories of Blen are from our experiences at Fort Ord, boot camp. When we would march to the gun range, Blen and I would take turns carrying another mans gun, for him. Of course Blen had a few snappy comments to make and that make the whole thing easier. I enjoyed his friendship and quick wit! I will miss you Blen!

 

Gae and Lynn Perkins posted on 9/11/13

We are so glad for the opportunity to have known and loved Blen. We enjoyed him as a brother-in-law, insurance agent and dear, dear friend. Blen always had a cheerful word to greet us and always made us feel that he was glad to have us around. He put on a big smile when asked about his family. He really loved all of his girls! We will truly miss him! WE LOVE YOU BLEN! Gae and Lynn

 

Dave Stephens WINDOW MASTER posted on 9/11/13

I always enjoyed visiting with Blen. He was always very good to me. I wish that our friendship could have lasted for many more years. I look forward to associating with him again someday.

 

Paul J Beech posted on 9/11/13

Sorry to hear of Blen's Passing...Didn't know he had been suffering from cancer..He keep it from me...I was friends with Blen since high school, he handled my Insurance needs off and on for over forty years..He will be missed By many..He was a good friend....My condolences to his family..Sorry I cant make the services, I'm in Wyoming for the summer...

 

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