If three words could be used to characterize Greg and Debi Smith, they would be busy, music and service. They have spent a lifetime dedicated to both music and service.
When Greg moved to Morgan as a sophomore in high school, he was re-connecting with his roots. He is the son of Kent and JoAnn Smith. The Smith family moved to the community when Kent was developing the Highlands subdivision. His great great-grandfather had come to the valley in 1860 and settled Dalton Creek and Smith Creek. Then they moved to Porterville and Richville. His great grandfather’s name was Schmidt and his grandmother’s name was Smith; they both arrived in Utah with a pioneer in company in 1857.
Debi, in contrast, was a transplant. She was born in Laramie, Wyom., and subsequently moved to Nebraska and Florida. She went to high school in DeLand, Florida, where she was a cheerleader. She then went to Brigham Young University for a year and then on a mission to Ecuador for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Greg also served a mission in Ecuador. They met while serving in the same area. After he completed his mission, Greg attended Weber State University. Debi returned to BYU.
The couple were married in 1975 and lived in Ogden for three and a half years. At that time they moved to Mountain Green, building a house on the last lot in the original Highlands subdivision.
Greg builds beautiful custom cabinets and stairs; his work is well known and in demand. In 2001, Greg had the opportunity to work on the Nauvoo Temple with a group of 14 people. He did much of the stair woodwork in the temple. After completing his volunteer time, he was hired to do additional work.
Debi works for Blaine Austin, an oral surgeon, three days a week. She even goes to the hospital as a surgical assistant.
Both have been active in the local community in addition to their numerous church positions. Deb has served on the fair board in Morgan as well as other community organizations. She spear-headed a community showing of “The Nutcracker” for six years as part of Morgan’s home-town Christmas. Each year the production got a little bigger and more professional. Many volunteers made costumes and painted scenery. The production opened up an opportunity for about 125 children to perform and united the community behind this popular show.
Greg worked with the Elders Quorum to raise money to put grass fields in at the Mountain Green Bowery as well as coached little league, soccer, baseball and football. Greg used to race motorcycles until he felt it too risky for a father of six.
Music has been a large part of their lives. The couple used to sing with Ogden Community Choirs. For the last 10 years they have been singing with the WSU Alumni Association singers. As well as other annual performances, they do a benefit concert each year for a worthy cause.
They have both performed in numerous musicals along the Wasatch Front including “Man of La Mancha” and “Camelot” and have been active in productions at Rogers Memorial Theater and Clearfield Community Theater.
About the time their children left home, they served an LDS welfare mission to Argentina as a couple. Now the two are guest service missionaries at Temple Square.
The Smiths are particularly proud of their children. Jed is in the army reserves and has completed three tours in Afghanistan as well as one in Iraq. He served an LDS mission in Argentina and currently lives in Fredericksberg, Virginia. Jessica lives in Salt Lake and works for Terra Tech in the geology lab where she does core analysis.
Logan lived in Willard and currently works in the family business. He and his wife, Brandy, have three children. Lacey lives in Sandusky, Ohio, where her husband is completing his second year residency in family medicine. They have three boys. Jordan just got married and lives in Independence, Missouri.
The Smiths now live on Trapper’s Loop where they built a house that is off the grid. Their home uses a windmill, three solar panels and two inverters. Greg said they went this direction because they couldn’t connect to some of the utilities. He figured if they become available down the road, they will have both systems. But currently they are energy independent.
Like so many people in the community, they have given back to Morgan County as well as greater Utah and beyond.