Dalene Smith Hurst



Dalene Smith Hurst, 64, passed away October 31, 2017 in her Lake Shore, UT home surrounded by her beloved family.

Dalene was born November 9, 1952 in Price, UT, to Leslie Bernell and Arvilla Dale Thomas Smith. She married her sweetheart Ray Lynn Hurst of Payson, UT for time and all eternity on May 4, 1973 in the Provo, Utah Temple.  Dalene and Ray Lynn spent forty-four wonderful years together in a marriage that gave life, love, and happiness to six children and sixteen grandchildren.

Dalene loved life. She greeted each day with a smile.   Her greatest joys were found in caring for her family and friends.  She was kind, giving, and loved by all.  She was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints where she served in many callings; including   serving a mission with her husband on the Deseret Cattle and Citrus Ranch in Deer Park, FL, an experience she regarded as a highlight of her life.

Dalene was proud of her heritage and honored her ancestors through service in the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers. She was skilled in cooking, quilting, crafting, and gardening and loved to teach her grandchildren these arts.  Her principles and legacy were founded on a testimony of Jesus Christ.  Her life exemplified the Book of Mormon scripture Mosiah 2:17, “When ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God.”

Dalene was preceded in death by her loving father Leslie Bernell Smith, her brother Paul Leslie Smith, her sweet daughter Camarie Hurst, and her dear grandson Matthew Roberts James. She is survived by her husband, Ray Lynn Hurst, her children:  Michael Smith Hurst (Mia Apatow) Manhattan Beach, CA; David Romney Hurst (Haley Crahan) Lake Shore, UT;  Melissa Hurst (Richard James),  Midland, MI; Matthew Thomas Hurst (Adrie Mattinson) Lehi, UT; and John Miles Hurst of Lake Shore, UT, her beloved sixteen grandchildren,  her mother, Arvilla Dale Smith, and her four sisters, Carolyn, Susan, Lori and Lisa.

A viewing will be held on Friday, November 3rd, 2017 from 6-8 p.m. at Walker Funeral Home, 187 South Main Street, Spanish Fork, UT.   The funeral service will be held at 11a.m. on November 4th, 2017 at the Spanish Fork West Stake Center, 575 West 480 North, Spanish Fork, UT. Prior to the service, there will be a viewing from 9:45 to 10:45a.m.



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  1. Janet Calder Halladay

    I am so very sad to hear of Dalene’s passing. I have many wonderful memories with her in high school. My heart breaks for her family. May Heavenly Father’s comforting spirit be with you always.

  2. Candy and Bill Fowler

    We were very saddened to read of Dalene’s passing. She was my angel of mercy when we moved to Santa Clara, Utah. Our love and prayers to Ray Lynn and the family. She brought me food, laughter, kindness and love when I was so ill. I have never known a more sweet and gracious daughter of God. We have thought of her often.

  3. Carrie Wyman

    Dalene has a special place in my heart. She was always so kind and helpful to me and my family. We had a lot of good talks about our special daughters and she helped me through my hard times. She was an amazing woman and a great example to me. I’m so thankful that she shared a part of my life. My heart aches for your family and you are in my thoughts and prayers.

    With love, Carrie Wyman

  4. Linda Stubbs

    So sorry for your loss. We all loved it when you would bring Dalene out to the office with you. She always had a smile and so uplifting she always found the good in everything 🙂 She provided such fun games, fun times and great food for all our get togethers. Take care RayLynn

    Linda Stubbs

  5. Robert & Elaine Hill

    Dalene and Ray Lyn were good friends and apartment neighbors at the Deseret Cattle and Citrus ranch in Florida. She was always doing things for others and shedding sunshine everywhere. We cherish our memories with them Love to Ray Lyn and there family. Bob & Elaine Hill

  6. Tonya Cherrington

    Such a sweet Lady in every way. Dalene was a great friend and exemplified the true meaning of Service to others with her Christ like attributes. I am glad to have called her my friend. My thoughts and prayers are with the family at this time. May God watch over you and bless you with comfort.

  7. Kathryn Anderson

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Dalene has been a mentor to us as younger mothers in Lake Shore and a faithful Daughter of Utah Pioneers. She did such a good job as Camp and then Company President. We’ve missed visiting with her at our DUP meetings the last few years. She is a great lady.

  8. Carolyn, I am so sorry to hear about Dalene passing away. My thoughts are with you and your family as you go through this difficult time. She was such a lovely, kind person, and I am sure she leaves a beautiful family that will carry on her wonderful example.

  9. Michael

    You are the greatest Mother ever. I love forever, I like you for always. Always and forever your baby I’ll be.

  10. Howard and Diane Checketts

    We are shocked and saddened by Darlene’s passing. We knew her as she served at the Dessert Cattle and Citrus Ranch in Florida while we were serving at the Central Florida Youth and Family camp. Loved her wonderful compassion was a good friend to all !

  11. Jessica Bangerter

    Sister Hurst was our adopted grandma here on the DCC ranch. She loved us like we were her own and we never felt anything but love from her. She was so Christ-like, kind, crafty, and caring. We are grateful to have known her and been a part of her too-short life.