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Glade Smith

Glade Martin Smith, age 72, passed away January 10, 2021 in Gilbert, surrounded by his wife and children. Glade was born on March 14, 1948 in Kingman, where his parents had their ranch, but moved to Thatcher when he was a young boy. After graduation from Thatcher High School, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Central Atlantic States mission from 1967-69. Glade graduated from Eastern Arizona College, University of Arizona, and Loyola University School of Dentistry in Chicago. He then moved to the Gila Valley where he practiced dentistry for 37 years. He married Carolyn Lunt on August 27, 1974 in the Manti Utah Temple. Glade loved to learn and was a man of many differing hobbies. He particularly enjoyed things he could create or make with his hands, and things that he could invent to make a project easier. Glade learned to forge, to sculpt, to weld, to tan hides, to use HAM radios, to make rope, to fly airplanes and gyrocopters, to memorize poems and scriptures, and to do orthodontic work. Glade and Carolyn served a mission on the San Carlos Reservation, volunteered for many humanitarian dental trips around the world and loved serving in the temple. Glade is survived by: his wife, Carolyn; and their children, Shannon Palmer (Rick), Shaun (Cheramie), Ryan (Danielle), Preston (Lindsey), Bradley (Jessica), Britni Kartchner (Derek), Matthew (Mary), Stefani Nolan (Guy), Jessica Roberts (Josh) and Trenton; forty-five grandchildren; and eight siblings. Glade is preceded in death by: his parents, Keith and Etta Smith; and an older brother, Keita. Funeral services for Glade will be conducted Saturday, January 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple View Chapel by Bishop Brandon Welker of the Central Second Ward. Concluding services will follow in the Thatcher Cemetery. The family will receive friends Friday evening, January 22, 2021, from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m., at the Vining Funeral Home and Saturday morning, from 9:00 a.m. until 9:45 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple View Chapel Relief Society Room. Those who would like to attend the services via Facebook Live can join on Vining Funeral Home's Facebook page, www.facebook.com/viningfuneral, Saturday morning, January 23, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. (MST).

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Carolyn and family, I am so sorry to hear of Glade's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sharon Blake

Sharon Blake Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

Carolyn and family, I am so sorry to hear of Glade's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Sharon Blake

Sharon Blake Feb 5 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for Glades passing. I didnt know Glade until we went to EAC at the same time. He came home from his mission and I really didnt know until after we moved to Central where he and Carolyn lived that he had just come home from the same Mission Jimmy was in while I was going to EAC. They crossed paths on their mission and were able to talk about their missions after Sunday School one day. We liked his Sunday school classes. Our condolences to Carolyn and family.

Shelley Carter Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for Glades passing. I didnt know Glade until we went to EAC at the same time. He came home from his mission and I really didnt know until after we moved to Central where he and Carolyn lived that he had just come home from the same Mission Jimmy was in while I was going to EAC. They crossed paths on their mission and were able to talk about their missions after Sunday School one day. We liked his Sunday school classes. Our condolences to Carolyn and family.

Shelley Carter Jan 19 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Glade's passing. Even though we have been separated in different wards for the last few years I still have many fond, lasting memories of him. He went on several campouts with me when I was scoutmaster and his boys were in the troop, including coming to help out at one of our week long summer camps at Snow Flat on Mt. Graham. He was often observant of the boys and me and gave constructive suggestions as well as pitching in when there was work to be done. I also recall the time he was our Bishop. During this time he kindly worked with us as we made decisions about what to do about baptizing our special needs daughter. It was always a pleasure and enlightening to engage in conversation with him. I will always remember his bright and friendly smile and kindness toward me and my family. He will be missed until that bright and shining day. Kerry Wilson

Kerry D Wilson Jan 18 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry to hear of Glade's passing. Even though we have been separated in different wards for the last few years I still have many fond, lasting memories of him. He went on several campouts with me when I was scoutmaster and his boys were in the troop, including coming to help out at one of our week long summer camps at Snow Flat on Mt. Graham. He was often observant of the boys and me and gave constructive suggestions as well as pitching in when there was work to be done. I also recall the time he was our Bishop. During this time he kindly worked with us as we made decisions about what to do about baptizing our special needs daughter. It was always a pleasure and enlightening to engage in conversation with him. I will always remember his bright and friendly smile and kindness toward me and my family. He will be missed until that bright and shining day. Kerry Wilson

Kerry D Wilson Jan 18 2021 12:00 AM

I had the opportunity to serve as one of Glade's counselors while he was bishop. Many fond memories! I remember his soft spoken manner and deliberative approach as he sought the Lord's guidance in the decisions that were made, callings that were extended and activities carried out. I learned a great deal during that five and a half years. Our family had the blessing of associating with Glade and Carolyn's family. Then, and in the years since I've been impressed with their children and the way they have conducted their lives. What a legacy! Carolyn and family, we extend our heart felt sympathy and prayers. Craig and Gena Tyler

Craig Tyler Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

There are lots of memories too many to count! When we moved in across the pasture in Central in 1987 our lives changed forever we couldnt believe it when each of us boys had someone our age, Neil and Ryan - Me (Jeff) and Preston - Bruce and Brad - Bryan and Matt - and then later Mary Anne and Jessica - Vance and Trenton were close in age, and we are cousins to boot! Glade and Carolyns became a second home to all of us. Shannon and Shaun were the older kids and Brittany and Stephanie also in the mix with Bethany. I dont think I left anybody out, thats 17 kids between two families :) I remember doing the personal management merit badge with Glade. He was a wonderful Bishop! This was around the time I became a Deacon and he was the only dentist I ever new growing up. We will played basketball for hours on the mini full court right next to the shop that he enjoyed tinkering in. I honestly cant remember him ever getting angry. Stern as one should be with the boys but he would always ask questions patiently :-) I have always appreciated his kindness and his gentle ways then, throughout the years and in recent years. Its a beautiful day in Arizona! will always ring in my mind when I think of this wonderful man and as hard as the separation is now, I can see in my minds eye him saying its a beautiful day in heaven when I see him next.

Jefferson Bryce Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

I had the opportunity to serve as one of Glade's counselors while he was bishop. Many fond memories! I remember his soft spoken manner and deliberative approach as he sought the Lord's guidance in the decisions that were made, callings that were extended and activities carried out. I learned a great deal during that five and a half years. Our family had the blessing of associating with Glade and Carolyn's family. Then, and in the years since I've been impressed with their children and the way they have conducted their lives. What a legacy! Carolyn and family, we extend our heart felt sympathy and prayers. Craig and Gena Tyler

Craig Tyler Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

There are lots of memories too many to count! When we moved in across the pasture in Central in 1987 our lives changed forever we couldnt believe it when each of us boys had someone our age, Neil and Ryan - Me (Jeff) and Preston - Bruce and Brad - Bryan and Matt - and then later Mary Anne and Jessica - Vance and Trenton were close in age, and we are cousins to boot! Glade and Carolyns became a second home to all of us. Shannon and Shaun were the older kids and Brittany and Stephanie also in the mix with Bethany. I dont think I left anybody out, thats 17 kids between two families :) I remember doing the personal management merit badge with Glade. He was a wonderful Bishop! This was around the time I became a Deacon and he was the only dentist I ever new growing up. We will played basketball for hours on the mini full court right next to the shop that he enjoyed tinkering in. I honestly cant remember him ever getting angry. Stern as one should be with the boys but he would always ask questions patiently :-) I have always appreciated his kindness and his gentle ways then, throughout the years and in recent years. Its a beautiful day in Arizona! will always ring in my mind when I think of this wonderful man and as hard as the separation is now, I can see in my minds eye him saying its a beautiful day in heaven when I see him next.

Jefferson Bryce Jan 14 2021 12:00 AM

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