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Vance Gilbert Smith

11/10/1983 - 08/03/2020
Service Date: 08/14/2020
Service Time: 10:00 AM
Service Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1430 N. Grand, Mesa, Arizona
Visitation Date: 08/13/2020
Visitation Time: 6:00 - 8:00 PM
Visitation Location: The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1430 N. Grand, Mesa, Arizona
Interment: City of Mesa Cemetery, 1212 N. Center St., Mesa, Arizon

“Vance Gilbert Smith passed away Monday, August 3rd, 2020 at the age of 36 while deployed in Portland, Oregon.

Vance was born November 10, 1983 in Canon City, CO to Vance Gordon and Patricia Ann Smith. He is the second of twelve children. He did the majority of his growing up in Wisconsin. At the age of 19, he was a Missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints serving in Salt Lake City, Utah.

On April 14th, 2006 Vance married Heather Winsor in the Mesa, Arizona Temple. Together they have 4 children, Gemma Lorel (11), Vance Gabriel (10), Brynlee Eliza (6) and Charley Kate (2).

For 12 years Vance has served his Country as a United States Border Patrol Agent. He joined the U.S. Border Patrol in 2008 in the graduating class 796 and was stationed in Douglas, Arizona. Vance completed the selection course for the US Border Patrol Search, Trauma, and Rescue Unit (BORSTAR) graduating class XXI, May 2011. Vance became a full time Operator with the Tucson Sector Special Operations Detachment (SOD) serving there for five years. In 2016 he transferred to Yuma Sectors SOD where he served as an integral asset to both Yuma Sector and the Nations needs as called upon to do so frequently.

Through his work he received many certifications including but not limited to: Paramedic, Austere Medic, Swift Water Rescue Instructor, and EMT Instructor. As an Agent he had the opportunity to share his love of his work within his own community and abroad including Peru and Guatemala.

His love for the outdoors led to many hobbies including camping, mountain biking, hiking, shooting and spending time with his children dirt biking and hitting the lake on the weekends.

Vance put his heart into all that he did because of his love for his wife and children.

He is survived by his wife, Heather; children, Gemma Lorel, Vance Gabriel, Brynlee Eliza, and Charley Kate; parents, Vance G. and Patricia Ann Smith; siblings, Juli (Kelly) Mckendrick, Kimberly (Larry) Cox, Robyn (Luke) Phillips, Christie (Jeff) Chandler, Aaron (Cassie) Smith, Gregg (Taylor) Smith, Emma Smith, Kaydee (Rich) Perkins, Makenzie Smith, Janai Smith, and Mary Smith; Seven nieces and Six nephews; Grandparents, G. Vance and Elaine Smith.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Harvey and Gaila Ruth Robbins Gilbert.

Much gratitude is given to his fellow brothers and sisters in Green. HONOR FIRST!

Funeral Services Friday, August 14th, 2020, 10 a.m. Mesa, Arizona LDS Stake Center 1430 N. Grand, Mesa, AZ 85201. Friends and family may gather at the Stake Center for the viewing Thursday, August 13th, 2020, 6-8 p.m. and Friday morning one hour prior to funeral services. Interment in the City of Mesa Cemetery.,

In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted via the family’s Venmo account for the continued financial support of his children. Contact Heather’s mother, Lorel, at 480-489-0762.”


  • My dear Cousin, words cannot describe my deepest sympathy. Our prayers are with you and the children and thank Vance for all he has done

  • We love you all and know without a doubt that Vance is watching over you from heaven.

  • My heart is broken to hear of this news. I pray for peace and grace on you Heather and the kids. We miss you guys here in Yuma. ❤️Ashley ( and Garrett), Lily, Harlow, and Ky Gist

  • Daniel and Mariah Bynum

    We are heartbroken for you and your family. We have been and will continue to pray for you guys and hope you will find peace. All our love – Daniel and Mariah

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