“Hap” Albert David Smith 78, passed away peacefully at his home in
Santaquin, Utah on May 20, 2020 surrounded by his family. His
larger-than-life persona, his Ripley’s Believe It or Not stories and trademark
stubbornness will never be forgotten.
Hap was born to Hazel Elizabeth James and Albert Andrew Smith on
November 9, 1941 in Ogden, Utah. He was the baby of the family and his
older sisters and brother absolutely adored him.
Hap got his infamous nickname when he had a hernia when he was 2 years
old and didn’t cry so he was dubbed “Happy”. The nickname was reaffirmed
after he was shot by a hunter around age 5; he didn’t cry at all. Happy was
later shortened to Hap for being so Hap Hazard. Hap had an adventurous
soul and was constantly getting injured and into trouble. He will always be
known for his incredible story telling about his adventurous HapHazard
Albert was affectionately known by many names like Hap Hazardous,
Happy go Lucky, Hap, Old Fart, Old Man, Animal, Trouble, Daddy, Rambo
Cowboy Grandpa and True Friend.
Hap had many loves in life like hunting, fishing, camping, target shooting,
animals, Parker Mountain, story telling, spending time with his 10 children,
34 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.
Hap was always willing to help other people. He would do all he could for
those around him and it gave him great joy to be able to serve others. He
was someone you could always count on. He would drop whatever he was
doing to be there for his family, friends, neighbors and even complete
Hap lived in Ogden, Utah for most of his life until 1984 when he moved to
Orem, Utah and then to Santaquin, Utah in 2005. He worked at Hill Air
Force Base until he retired in 1980. He was one of BYU football's greatest
fans and could be heard rooting for them from his living room.
Our dad was our rock, you could always count on him. He taught us
courage and how to serve others. As tough of a guy that he was, he had a
tender heart and a fun spirit. He was an amazing Rambo Cowboy Grandpa
to his grandkids. Family meant the world to him. We can’t wait to see our
dear daddy, grandpa and friend again. He was loved so very much!
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brother Bill, Sisters Jan &
Mellie and his daughter Susie. He is survived by his sister June Wilson, his
sons Russell Smith, Michael (Tirzah) Smith and his daughters Darlene
(Troy) Backus, Cindi (Tom), Hazel (Cody) Christiansen, April (Cody)
Roberts, Holly (Tim) Shanto, Laura (Jarvey) Murdock and Colleen (Jerry)
We are very grateful for all the nurses that put up with him, I mean took
care of him during the last days of his life, especially Camille who became a
great friend to Hap.
Funeral services were May 21, 2020 and handled by Walker Sanderson Funeral Home. Due
to Covid-19 you can view the funeral services and leave condolences at www.walkersanderson.com .
Hap was laid to rest in the Orem City Cemetery.
Life Story Info
Cause of Death
Religion and Beliefs
- Hill Air force