It is with profound sadness we announce that on the 14th of July 2023 Heavenly Father called one of his strongest soldiers home. Gaven Lee Smith is a beloved son, grandson, brother, cousin, nephew, and friend. Gaven was welcomed home by all of his loving grandparents, his cousins, Greg Smith Jr. and Christopher Hislop, and finally his beloved dogs, Cocoa and Buddy.
In his life Gaven accomplished many great things. While growing up in Mountain Green, Utah he attended Morgan High School where he played football and participated in theater. After graduating Morgan High in 2016 Gaven went on to attend Davis Technical College where he studied in the automotive program. Gaven graduated from the DATC with dreams of continuing his education and career.
Born with autism, Gaven was a beacon of pure, unfiltered joy and innocence. He had a gentle soul, a kind heart, and an unwavering love for life's simple pleasures, especially his favorite snacks. Never one to be defined by his autism, Gaven navigated life with a tender spirit that shone as brightly as his smile. He taught those around him the true meaning of patience, acceptance, and unconditional love. His piercing hazel eyes sparkled with mischief and warmth, endearing him to everyone he met. He loved many and was loved by many.
Gaven was a big man in stature with an even bigger heart. He had a presence that was hard to ignore, and he filled every room he entered with love and laughter. His hearty laugh was infectious, and he never failed to brighten a room. Gaven was a kind soul whose innocence was a refreshing reminder of life's simple joys.
Despite the challenges he faced, Gaven met every day with resilience and a positive attitude. His life, although cut short, was a testament to the power of determination, resilience, and the all-encompassing power of love. His strength and courage were a source of inspiration for all who knew him. He was a faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and always strived to help his fellow man.
On Wednesday nights you could find Gaven swing dancing with friends. In the summers Gaven would escape to Marysvale, Utah or the mountain property to enjoy target shooting and four wheeling with his family and friends. Gaven is survived by his parents, Gerald & Lea Smith, and his brother, Garrett (Sadie) Smith.
Gaven's legacy will not be remembered for its brevity but for the depth and quality of the love he gave and received. He was a gift to us all, and his spirit will continue to live on through the memories we shared. His zest for life and kind soul will remain in our hearts forever. As we remember Gaven, let us celebrate his life by spreading the same kindness, acceptance, and love that he showed us all.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Northern Utah Autism Program in Gaven’s memory to help others living with autism lead fulfilling lives filled with love and acceptance. A link is provided below.
A celebration of Gaven's life will be held Thursday, July 20th at 6:00 pm to 8 pm at 4150 West Old Highway Road, Mountain Green, UT 84050, where family and friends can gather to share stories, laughter, and of course, snacks.
Graveside services will be held at Mountain View Cemetery, Cemetery Road, Marysvale, UT 84750, on Friday, July 21st at 1 pm with a gathering to follow at 808 West Bullion Avenue, Marysvale, UT 84750.