Simon Gordon-Smith died peacefully on Tuesday, December 26th, 2023, in Marbella, Spain. He was born on April 14, 1948, to the late Michael and Ruth Gordon-Smith in Nanyuki, Kenya.
Simon is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Rostya Gordon-Smith; four children, David (Alyson), George (Charakie), Richard (Jami), and Henry Gordon-Smith; his brother Russell Gordon-Smith, sister Lena Blower; and his eleven adoring grandchildren.
Memorial Services will be held in Salt Lake City, Utah, and the UK at future dates.
Condolences and remembrances from those around the world who have been touched by Simon’s generous spirit may be posted on Simon’s Memorial Page at www.memorialutah.com.
Simon was born in Nanyuki, Kenya and grew up in England and attended Sedbergh Boarding School in the Lake District, UK, where he was the captain of the school’s award-winning shooting team. He attended the University of Central London, where he met his future wife and love of his life, Rostya, and got married in the local church in Hampshire. Simon graduated with a degree in civil engineering. He earned an MBA from City University Seattle.
Simon was responsible for various construction projects from Brazil to Japan. In his late twenties, he helped construct one of the longest pipelines in Brazil at the time. In his thirties, he worked on the original Vancouver Island pipeline project before moving to Hong Kong. As a civil engineer and project manager, Simon built over a dozen chapels and church buildings for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, blessing the lives of thousands of Latter-day Saints in Thailand, the Philippines, Ukraine, and Russia. In his forties, he transitioned into corporate life and began a career with Chase Bank, building their operation center in Yokohama, Japan.
Simon loved to sail and took opportunities to be on a boat every chance he got. He was a world traveler, builder, devoted husband, exemplary father, and doting grandfather. In his 60s, he took up competitive mountain biking, and throughout his life, he dedicated countless hours to serving others and helping those within his church community. He was a Bishop, High Counselor, Elder’s Quorum President, and committed Minister.
He will be missed by his family and friends. We will see you again.
Life Story Info
I have so many fond memories of Simon, who I met him and his family many years ago in Hong Kong. I cherish countless wonderful memories of Simon, Roystya, and their 4 boys. It's hard to know where to start when recalling Simon. Simon brought joy and radiance wherever he went. His unwavering faith in the gospel of Jesus Christ, along with his incredible compassion, love, and understanding, made him one of the most remarkable individuals I've ever had the privilege to know. With Simon's passing, the world feels a bit dimmer. We'll all deeply miss his radiant light. The Chinese say “When a good man dies, there goes the corner of the city wall.” We have all lost a very important corner of a city wall with the passing of Simon. Simon you will be missed.