John Eldon Smith II, 52, of St George, Utah, passed away January 5, 2015, at home. He was born October 16, 1962, in Flint, Michigan, to John E. Smith and Turetha Mae Elliott. Although, he was never married, he always said that he was a lucky man that he found two loves of his life: Rebecca McMillan with whom he had two children, Nicole and Kyle, and his current life partner, Jana Peterson, with whom he spent the last five years.
He spent his early life in Michigan and travelled around the county in his late teens until he landed in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he started his trade as a carpet and floor installer. Later, he developed an interest in motorcycles and enjoyed off road riding and motocross racing. He also loved working on motorcycles and four wheelers and started a part time repair business until illness prevented him from working.
He was always determined especially when told he couldn’t do something. It got him through tough times when he broke most of his bones in his body due to a motorcycle accident and was told he would never walk again, he showed them and not only walked, but continued his profession as floor installer.
However, this last illness hit him hard and he had a hard time dealing with all the losses that it brought. He was tired of fighting and was ready to rest. I will always love you John, I hope you are happy and free of pain.
He is survived by his life partner, Jana Peterson. He is preceded in death by his parents and his older brother, Matt Smith.
John chose to be cremated.
In lieu of flowers, letters may be sent to Jana Peterson, 45 West 200 South, St. George, Utah, 84770.
Friends and family are invited to sign John’s guest book at the Spilsbury Mortuary website. Arrangements have been made under the direction of Spilsbury Mortuary, 110 South Bluff Street, St George, Utah, telephone 435-673-2454.