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Shem Warriner McClure Smith

December 24, 1977 — June 19, 2022

Shem Warriner McClure Smith was born December 24, 1977 to Stan and Gay Lynn Smith in Washington, UT. Shem is one of 16 siblings and spent much of his childhood playing loving pranks on them. Shem graduated from high school in Manti, UT and made the decision to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He valiantly served the Lord in Brazil, where he learned to speak Portuguese. After returning from his mission, Shem attended college at Utah State University in Logan, UT, where he met and eventually married his sweet wife Jennifer Oakeson. Shem and Jenny started their family and added 5 more Smith kiddos to the world.

Shem also continued his education, earning a Bachelor’s degree and two Masters degrees. Shem was a perpetual learner and instilled a love of reading and learning in his children. Shem was employed as the principal of Thomas Edison Charter School North Campus, where he loved and served countless students, families, teachers, staff, leadership and friends. Shem served as the school’s counselor for many years too, putting his psychology degree to good use. In addition to serving the school community, Shem served his fellow church family tirelessly for many years. He loved all those he served and never turned down an opportunity to help.

Early June 17, Shem made the decision to end his life. He was kept on life support to preserve his organs, which were successfully used to save countless lives before passing away on Father’s Day. His family is grateful that his pain has ceased, and know that his struggling is over.

Shem loved playing basketball, listening to “80’s Buttrock”, going camping, and spending time with family. He was a hard worker and did everything he could to provide for his family. His death was preceded by his grandparents, his parents, and his brother Jared. Shem and Jared finally get to be together again after more than 25 years apart. Shem is survived by his wonderful wife Jenny and his five children: Maddie, Abbie, Emmie, Jarem, and Lillie. He is also survived by 14 of his 15 siblings and, countless in-laws, nieces and nephews; all whom he loved dearly. He will leave a lasting legacy on the hundreds of friends, acquaintances, and students that he knew. Shem was always quick with a smile and witty comment. He will be sorely missed by all those who were lucky enough to know him.

A viewing will be held at Nelson Funeral Home, 162 E 400 N, Logan, from 6:30pm - 8:30pm on Thursday June 23. Another viewing will be held Friday June 24 from 9:00am - 10:30am at the Wellsville Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 30 South Center Street, Wellsville. This viewing will be followed immediately by the funeral service at 11:00am. Shem will be interred at the Wellsville City Cemetery.
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