“Hap” Albert David Smith 78, passed away peacefully at his home in

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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


April Roberts

Post Date

Jul 14, 2020

Personal Info


Ogden, Utah, United States


Santaquin, Utah, United States

Cause of Death

Lung Disease





Religion and Beliefs

Latter-day Saint

Worked For

  • Hill Air force
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