Our beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, uncle and friend, Thayne Clair Smedley, 86, completed his life on earth on May 26,2022, in South Jordan, Salt Lake County, Utah. Thayne was born at home on May 9, 1936 (his mother’s birthday and Mother’s Day) in Clearfield, Davis County, Utah, to Bernard W. Smedley and Ella May (Draper) Smedley. \n\nThayne grew up in the Syracuse, Utah area and graduated from Davis High School in 1954. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the former East Central States Mission from 1956 to 1958. Before leaving on his mission, he became engaged (on Valentine’s Day) to his high school sweetheart, Ellen Eames, and they were married 10 days after he returned from his mission, on June 26, 1958, in the Salt Lake City LDS Temple. Thayne and Ellen have 8 wonderful children: David Thayne, Susan, Gayle (deceased 1970), Maureen, John Rodney (deceased 2014), Kaylene, Daniel Draper, and Jerry Bernard. He loved and cherished his sweetheart Ellen, and was a devoted husband and father. The family has many happy memories of working, camping, fishing, playing, and laughing together---usually at the delivery of many “Dad jokes.” Thayne really loved fishing with just plain worm bait, and it was his first choice of a vacation, but he was in heaven when he was inside his well-supplied woodworking shop! Even though he lacked professional training in woodworking, his family received the benefits of many beautiful projects and furniture he created. Thayne always loved music, had a good singing voice, and enjoyed all musical theater. Even though he couldn’t read music, he sang in lots of quartets, choirs, and duets with Ellen.\n\nThayne received his Associates of Science degree at Weber College in Ogden, Utah, then finished his BS and MS degrees at Utah State University in Logan, Utah. He continued on to receive his PhD Degree in Audiology from Stanford University in Palo Alto, California. During the family’s stay in the San Francisco area, Thayne worked at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital and was appointed the Chief of the Audiology Department. During his working years, Thayne worked for hearing aid companies and in hearing aid sales, and also taught in the Seminary program of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1984 he became a Professor of Audiology at Idaho State University in Pocatello, Idaho. He loved teaching and was beloved by his many students and associates. After his retirement, he and Ellen spent many happy days camping, fishing, and traveling.\n\nThayne was a devoted and faithful member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His testimony of the Gospel of Jesus Christ was the guiding force in his life. He happily spent his life serving in many callings, including Scouting, teaching, and as Bishop, Patriarch, and Temple Worker. He and Ellen served two missions for the Church, in the Singapore Mission and the Virginia Richmond Mission. \n\nHe is survived by his wife Ellen (Eames) Smedley, his children David, Susan (Mark) Berrett, Maureen (Ed) Bush, daughter-in-law Jynnae M. Smedley, Kaylene (John) Savage, Daniel (Nichol) Smedley, Jerry (Becky) Smedley, 29 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, all his siblings and their spouses, daughter Gayle, son John, and granddaughter Jane.\n\nA viewing will be held on Saturday, 4 June, 2022 at the River Ridge LDS West Building,1409 West Shields Lane, South Jordan, Utah, 9:30-10:30am with funeral services held at 11am. Interment will be in the Syracuse, Utah city cemetery. The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staffs of Aspire Home Health & Hospice, Caring Senior Service, Legacy Retirement Residence, and Jenkins-Soffe South Valley Mortuary for their special considerate help and care for Thayne and his wife and family.