Whitney Amanda Granat Smith passed away Wednesday afternoon, March 1st,2023 in South Jordan, Utah. She was born on Pioneer Day, a Tuesday, July 24th, 1979 in Pocatello, Idaho. At the time of her passing, she was just 43 years of age.\n\nWhitney is married to Trevor Smith, son of Michael and Janis Smith of Mesa, AZ. Together, Trevor and Whitney have a great daughter, Bailey, age 11. Her parents are Kent and Marilyn Dewey Granat of Idaho Falls, ID. Her siblings are Kirse May (Vancouver, WA), Lauren LaClare (Gilbert, AZ), Dalan Granat (SLC), Brinn Granat (Idaho Falls) and McKenna Magalogo (SLC).\n\nWhitney grew up in Medford, Oregon where her family lived for over two decades. This is where she attended grade school, junior high and high school. In grade school, she was awarded, seemingly every year, the ‘Sunny Award’, for being the friendliest person in her grade. In junior high, she was a soccer goalie, and with her brother Brinn, had an early morning paper route for the Medford Mail Tribune. In high school she was in the cast of her dad’s favorite musical, Into the Woods, and the narrator in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat. In her senior year, she was voted Prom Queen, and in 1997 sang the solo at her high school graduation. She has a large following of friends from those school years, that remain close to this very day.\n\nDuring high school, the Drama Department made a trip to New York City (NYC). This event was so life-changing, Whitney decided she wanted to go to college in NYC. Her parents having confidence Whitney would do fine gospel-wise wherever she was living, agreed with the plan. As such, after high school, she accepted a Nanny position for two married doctors in Westchester County, NY in order to establish New York state college tuition residency. After 18 months, she had a college change of heart, but not her love of NYC, and moved to Salt Lake City, enrolling at the University of Utah in pre-med in 1999. At that same time, Whitney’s older sister, Kirse, was at the University of Utah, as a PhD. American History candidate. Kirse was working at the University Library and got Whitney a job there. Whitney never left the library, continuing to work on the IT staff, for the next 23 years.\n\nDuring these years, one of Whitney’s friends from Medford told her about a Mormon missionary named Trevor Smith, who had served in the Eugene Oregon Mission and specifically served in the Medford area. The two began chatting on the internet, resulting in a marriage on June 11, 2004 in the Medford, Oregon temple. The wedding reception that evening had, what else, a New York City theme with a 20 foot high, black and white backdrop of NY skyscrapers, with every attendee receiving a music disc of 22 songs featuring NYC. The couple began their life together in SLC where Trevor was enrolled and later completed a Business Administration degree from the University of Utah.\n\nThe joy of Whitney and Trevor’s life came to them on November 29, 2011 when Bailey O’Quinn was born. The fertility road to get there was difficult and uphill on a physical, spiritual and economic level. One evening, right before Christmas, a stranger came to the door and gave them an envelope. After the stranger left the envelope, it was opened and in it was a check for $5,000 to help with the invitro costs. Who the donation came from remains a mystery, but the generous gift is a great example of how much people loved Whitney.\n\nWhitney and Trevor’s love for Bailey became quickly evident. Whitney began taking a picture of Bailey in a different set of clothing every day of the year, and posting the pic on-line, calling it, ‘Daily Bailey’. A treat for all.\n\nWhitney’s hobbies and interests revolved around Trevor and Bailey, and keeping in touch with family members and the long lists of friends she had met along the way. You would find her decorating the house for holidays, planning and buying Bailey’s school and holiday wardrobe, preparing cuisine dinners for the family and outside events. Whitney was the best cook in the family and her deviled eggs were unforgettable. She would do all of these things with a smile, a joke, and a predictable ‘I’m fine’ attitude, as her body deteriorated over time.\n\nWhitney was a life-long member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She served, as one would expect, with devotion and dedication in the Young Women, Relief Society and Primary organizations always trying to focus on helping individuals with needs.\n\nIt would be no exaggeration, whatsoever, to say that Whitney was clearly the Granat family’s favorite person. Every Granat, whether you talked to them individually or collectively, would all say, without hesitation, Whitney was everyone’s favorite person. The reason behind this was clear. She was very clever and funny. She was the person who was the most upbeat and positive (while struggling with her physical challenges), the kindest to everyone, the most thoughtful, and kept family traditions alive. She was the glue that kept the family together as the years rolled by, and family members moved on with their lives. In short, Whitney was a ‘light’ to all those she came in contact with.\n\nHer life is captured well in the scripture found in Alma 48:17, “if (everyone) had been, and were, and ever would be, like unto Whitney behold the very powers of hell would have been shaken forever.”\n\nReception and memorial services will be held for Whitney as follows:\n\n- On Thursday, March 9th a reception for friends and family will be held from 6 – 8 pm at the Jenkins-Soffe South Valley Mortuary at 1007 W. South Jordan Parkway in South Jordan.\n- On Friday, March 10th there will be a reception for friends and family from 9:30 to 10:30 am, with funeral services beginning at 11:00 am at the church building at 1570 West 11400 South in South Jordan.\n- Following the services, there will be a luncheon for the family served by the Ward Relief Society at the church building at 1239 West Country Creek Drive in South Jordan.