Irvin Davis Smith

05/14/1935 - 08/08/2016
Service Date: 08/16/2016
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Superstition Springs Ward, 4640 E. Holmes Avenue, Mesa, Arizona

Irvin Davis Smith, 81, passed away peacefully at his Mesa, AZ home on August 8, 2016 after a short battle with leukemia.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years Christie Carver Smith, children Rod Smith (Marcea), Brad Smith, Brandi Jex (Vernon), Tyson Smith (Kara), Cody Smith (Brittney), Angie Draughon (Mike), 23 grandchildren, 20 great grandchildren, and sisters Etha Clark, Juanita Chambers, and Barbara Walker.

Irv was born in Roswell, New Mexico the youngest of Clyde and Hazel Smith’s 8 children. He was raised in Phoenix, AZ where he spent his youth milking cows and playing ball. He moved back to New Mexico with his parents and graduated from Central High School in Kirtland in 1953. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1961, traveled the Western United States working in sales and settled in Phoenix where he started and ran Irvin D. Smith Pest Control for 40 years. Irv was an avid sports fan and spent many years and hundreds of hours coaching his children’s sports teams. He understood many important life lessons could be taught through sports and in his patient, caring, and loving way influenced hundreds.

He was a hard working, faithful man who loved his family, an ice cold drink, and two scoops of any ice cream available!

A visitation will be held on Monday, August 15, 2016 from 6-8 PM at Bunker’s University Chapel, 3529 E. University Drive, Mesa, Arizona. Funeral services will be Tuesday, August 16, 2016 at 10 AM, preceded by a visitation at 9 AM, at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Kimball East Stake Center, 4640 E. Holmes Avenue, Mesa, Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, a Memorial Fund has been set up at https://www.gofundme.com/2jemngd5

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  • Scott and Denise Carpenter

    I am a friend of Brandi’s and have worked with her in various church callings. My children know and care for her children. I know that good people are a reflection of what they experience from those who love them. Sending my condelences to an obviously loving family. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • R.i.p. Uncle Irv
    Thank you and Christy for the visits and fun with Tyson , Brandy , and Cody when we were young . God bless and comfort the family .
    Jason Romero

  • I grew up with great memories with the Smith family. Irv was an awesome family man business man and good person. I have so many good memories and stories. I was saddened to hear of his passing. My thoughts are with the family.

  • Broth Irv Smith was the only person that could control our rowdy group of teenagers in Sunday School class. Prior to him, we had run off about a dozen teachers (it seemed that many anyway), but he told us from the get go he was there for the long haul – and he was. He was awesome. Such a kind, sweet man. My thoughts and prayers are with you, Christie, and your great family.

  • So sorry Christie. He was a great guy. Sending you my condolences. Love, Sydney

  • Shauna Montierth Hart

    Irv and Christie were good friends of my parents. He kept those pesky cocroaches away along with other bugs. He also taught my Sunday School class and we weren’t very nice. Loved his smile and his friendly manner. He can join my dad Gordon Montierth up in heaven now!

  • Steven and Loretta Campbell

    We are friends of Brandi and Vernon. They are such wonderful people and know that they are blessed by having such a wonderful father and grandfather. Please know of our love.

  • So sorry Christie, thoughts and prayers💔

  • Karen Smith Tate

    Condolences, Christie and family.
    Uncle Irving will be missed. Though we’ve only seen each other occasionally over the last several years, I will always remember him with a smile on his face. He was never anything but kind and good. I hope he is enjoying a good reunion with my dad and others!
    Wishing the Smith family peace and comfort at this time.

  • Karen Smith Tate

    And I apologize that auto correct typed out Irving. *Irv

  • I am very sorry for your loss. My heart goes out to you in this difficult time. One encouraging thought you might find comforting is found at John 5:28, 29. “The hour is coming in which all those in the memorial tombs will hear his voice and come out.” God gives us this beautiful hope that he will soon resurrect our dead loved ones and we can see them again on a paradise earth. If you’d like to learn more about this hope, you can visit jw.org.

  • Truely one of the best and men to have been in my life.

  • Our condolences to the Smith family, we have missed you both in the San Tan 1st Ward. Christie, you added a sweet smile to our ward, and a lovely countenance. My Husband,Tom mentioned Brother Smith many times and always spoke kindly of him . It was a blessing knowing him.

  • So sorry about your loss. I wish we would have visited more. Uncle Irv was a great man and I always remember his nice smile. Contessa

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