J. "K." Smith, Jr., "Grandpa K", 84 died Friday, July 21.
He was born October 3, 1916 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Jesse Kimball Smith and May Anderson. He married Anne Wright, February 17, 1945, in Salt Lake, and later sealed in the Salt Lake LDS Temple.
After he graduated from South High, "K" obtained the forest permits for Brighton, Utah, and installed the first t-bar in 1936. He was a member of the famed 10th Mountain Division. After service in World War II, he was area operator at Brighton, and started the Brighton Ski School in 1946, and later founded the Deseret News Ski School. "K" and his wife, Anne, owned and operated Watkins Creek Dude Ranch in Montana from 1947-1968. He served in the LDS Church for many years. He was a member of the Salt Lake Board of Realtors, the Hidden Valley Country Club, the American Parkinson's Disease Association, and the U of U Crimson Club. He was inducted into the Professional Ski Instructors Association of America, Hall of Fame in 1989. He was also a licensed pilot.
"K" is survived by his wife, Anne Wright; three daughters and one son, Janne S. and Gregg Martell, WY;
Julie S. and Frank Mannino, TN; Leila S. and Bryan Daines, OR; and Kimball and Wendy Smith, UT; 12 grandchildren, three great-grandchildren, sister, Winifred Bondurant, Salt Lake; and several nephews and nieces. He was preceded in death by two sisters, Marilyn Petersen and Janice Nyberg, and granddaughter, Jessica Anne.
Funeral services will be held at the University Ward Chapel, 160 South University Street at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 28. Friends and family may call at the Larkin Mortuary 260 East South Temple, SLC, on Friday 6-8 p.m., and at the ward on Saturday one hour prior to the services. Interment Salt Lake City Cemetery.
The family suggests contributions to the American Parkinson's Disease
Association or the American Diabetes Association.