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Lot Delano Smith

06/01/1934 - 12/02/2023
Service Date: 12/08/2023
Service Time: 9:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 777 E. Elliot Rd. Gilbert, AZ. 85234
Visitation Date: 12/08/2023
Visitation Time: 8:00 AM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 777 E. Elliot Rd. Gilbert, AZ. 85234
Interment: Central Cemetery


Dr. Lot Delano Smith, age 89, passed away December 2, 2023, at his residence in Gilbert, Arizona. 

Lot was born June 1, 1934 in the home of his parents, James and Winnie Smith of Central, Arizona.   

Lot is a graduate of Thatcher High School, Eastern Arizona College, and he earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree at Colorado State University. 

He married Portia Karen O’Quinn, September 9, 1960 in the Mesa Arizona Temple. They recently celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary. 

Lot was a successful Veterinarian working on both small and large animals. Lot loved serving in his community. He was President of Thatcher-Central Parent Teachers Association, Alumni President of EAC, President of the EAC Foundation, and Board Member at Thatcher Unified School District. 

Lot was a man of faith and served in several callings in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He served a 2 ½ year mission in Uruguay.  He served as Bishop of the Central Ward, First Counselor in the Thatcher Stake Presidency, and as a ward chorister with his wife Portia at the Organ.   

Lot is survived by his wife of 63 years, Portia Karen O’Quinn and his 5 children, Robb (Lisa) Smith, Heidi (Steve) Allred, Heather  (Mark) Howard, Ladd (Audra) Smith,  Nikki (Kevin)  McEuen and 18 beautiful Grandchildren and 22 Great-Grandchildren. 

Lot is the 9th of 10 children and was preceded in death by his parents James and Winnie Smith, siblings; Omer, Keith, Eldon, Kent, Max, Arvid, Dale, Fawn and Roger.   

Funeral services for Lot Delano Smith will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints chapel on Friday, December 8, at 9 a.m. Address: 777 E. Elliot Rd. Gilbert, AZ. 85234 

Lot will return to his birthplace for his burial and resting place. A Dedicating the Grave will take place at the Central Arizona Cemetery, Friday, December 8, at 2 p.m.  




Arrangements by Bunker’s University Chapel, www.bunkerfuneral.com. Should this obituary appear anywhere but bunkerfuneral.com, please check our website for accurate details and service information.


  • I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. My love to each of you. I have so many good memories of your dad and some crazy ones having to do with animals on the farm. Lol
    I remember one very stormy night, hiding in the bathroom, because the old house my parents were in the middle of fixing up, had part of its roof blown off. My parents were out of town as far as I know, I was very little, but I remember your dad coming to save us!!
    He meant alot to our family. I remember my dad always having good things to say about him in all the work they did together.
    He helped so many people and left a mark on many lives. Again, my life and condolences to your family.

  • Sending prayers and love to your family at the loss of such a great guy! It breaks my heart to miss the celebration of Lot’s life, but my health does not allow me to travel. Lot was always such a good friend and example, in school, in sports, and in life. Happy trails, Pard’ner! I’ll be seein’ you soon!

  • One of my best bishops EVER!

    My heart goes out to all of the family. I sure love you guys! You are all in my prayers. I couldn’t have asked for better neighbors growing up.

  • Chrissie McBride

    I’m so sorry to hear about Lot. He will be missed. He was the best home teacher to our family. He and Clark Butler visited us for over 10 years. My family alll loved him so much.

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