Reed M Smith


Malad, Idaho Reed M Smith, 92, passed away at his home on Wednesday, April 3 of natural causes. Reed was born on May 5, 1926 in Holbrook, Idaho, a son of Willard R. Jr. and Laura Smith. He was raised and educated in Holbrook and spent a few years in Mobile, Alabama where he was an assistant manager of a Delchamps Grocery store. This experience set the stage for his life as an entrepreneur. Reed served in the US Army during WWII from 1942 – 1945 and then served a 2 ½ year mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Western Canadian mission. He married Valoy Budge on September 12, 1949 in the Salt Lake City temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Reed founded and owned Magic Gas Company for over 30 years and was a farmer and rancher as well. Reed was an active member of the community and served on numerous committees and boards that were responsible for little league and American Legion baseball tournaments and the annual fair and rodeo. Reed was the chairman of the Oneida County centennial celebration in 1964 and chairman of the United States Bi-Centennial celebration in 1976. He served as the commander of the local chapter of the American Legion and was the national president of the Liquid Petroleum Gas Association. Reed was an active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and served in many capacities. He was named “Malad City Volunteer of the Year” in 2013. Reed is survived by his wife Valoy, sister Imogene Durfee, Fullerton, CA, his children Cindy (Jim) Bergen of South Ogden UT, Mike (Shauna) Smith of Glendora CA, Nancy (Jeff) Lewis of Hamilton, MT, Ann Burt of Idaho Falls, ID and Fred (Gwen) Smith of Rancho Cucamonga CA. Reed and Valoy have 22 grandchildren and 49 great grandchildren. A viewing will be held Friday, April 12 from 7 PM – 8 PM and at the Horsley Funeral home on Saturday, April 13 from 9:30 am to 10:30 am. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, April 13, at 11 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Malad 2nd Ward Chapel located at 20 S. 100 W.

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