Earl Brent Smith, 80, of Eden, Utah, passed away on January 26, 2023. Brent was born to parents Earl Ephraim and Afton Marie Massey Smith, on August 19, 1942, in Anaconda, Montana.
He attended school in Ogden, Utah where he graduated from Ogden High School in 1960. He went on to study at Utah State University where he was offered a full- ride basketball scholarship. He later went on to play basketball for Weber State University. In 1960, Brent was honored with a KLO-Ogden Standard-Examiner gold watch for being the outstanding senior athlete at Ogden High School. He lettered for two years in football, baseball, and basketball. He was all-region in basketball and honorable mention in football. He also captained the basketball team. In 1958 he was recognized for outstanding achievement for the Utah State Football Championship. He was a superior athlete that set the bar high and never stopped aiming for it.
Brent worked as a Railroad Conductor for 45 years. Where he was known as E.B. Smith. During which time he formed lifelong friendships. After 45 years of service, Brent retired from Union Pacific Railroad in 2007.
He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed taking his family to fish the Big Hole River in Montana and taught them to love the outdoors as much as he did. He loved fly fishing, water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, back packing, hunting and playing golf.
Brent met Carol Hickenlooper in 1962. They were married on March 29, 1963, in Ogden, Utah. In 1970 their marriage was solemnized in the Logan Temple. Together they raised three children, Tammi Jean Smith, Justan Brenton Smith, and Jason Breon Smith. After the two divorced in 1983. Brent married Laurie Gay Burkhart in 1985. They spent 25 years together and then divorced in 2010.
Brent is survived by his three children; grandchildren, Bessie, Bryton, Cassidy, Trevor, Dayton, Karlie, Ashlee, and Jaycee; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Julie Bernice Johnson and Joan Marie Davies. He was preceded in death by his beloved parents.
Our Dad was our HERO! In our eyes he was bigger than LIFE!
Funeral services will be held on Friday, February 3, 2023 at 2 p.m. at Lindquist’s Ogden Mortuary, 3408 Washington Blvd. Friends may visit with family on Friday from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the mortuary.