Linda Jean Smurthwaite

Linda Jean Smurthwaite, age 64, passed away peacefully with her son by her side on November 7, 2019 into the loving arms of family and pets that have gone before her. Due to her courageous fight against two different types of cancer, her body was no longer capable of holding onto her strong, sweet spirit. Linda was born September 4, 1955 in Palo Alto, California to Dolores Jean Tarleton and Earl Russell Tarleton. She married the father of her children Armand Tennyson Smurthwaite March of 1980 who preceded her in death in 2012.

Linda was the life of the party. If you were blessed with the joy of knowing her, you know how much her family and friends meant to her.  Her love of music and dancing meant that she was always inviting those friends and loved ones to share in her appreciation of these events. From music festivals to Broadway plays, she loved them all.

For many years Linda worked and taught at Intermountain College of Court Reporters later going on to hire many of her hard-working students when she went on to open Intermountain Court Reporters. A hard-working woman, Linda worked up until the end when her family finally convinced her that she deserved her retirement.

Linda is survived by her two sons William and Christopher, her brother Russell, and her four grandsons Andon, Trevin, Brycen, and Corbin. Whom she loved and touched deeply, there is nothing Linda loved more than spending time with the boys in her life.



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  1. This obit says it all. What a wonderful, beautiful fun person. Such a special lady. A beautiful personality, smile, laugh and strong will to live life to the fullest. She was taken from us way too early. I have know Linda for about 10 years. And I value every minute spent with her. I have become a better person for knowing her and spending valuable time with her. Her 2 labs were very special and a big part of her life as were her pets before Apollo and Jake. Apollo was a great value to Utah Cancer where he would make patients smile. I had the pleasure of meeting her 2 sons, and they are amazing and she was so proud of them. She laughed when she would speak of her grandsons and how rambunctious they were. Russell I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet you also, she loved you dearly. Sonia and Deidra. Linda thought the world of you also. Thanks to you all for being her support through this rough time. Heaven is brighter and a lot livelier with her there. Love you Linda and I will miss you dearly..Penny and Rusty

  2. I was blessed to know her and call her my dear friend for 35 plus years. She was beautiful, smart, funny, well organized and full of love and life in general. She fought hard and gave it her all, and then more, to battle these cancers. She was also the top (in demand) Court Reporter for the State of Utah. Rest In Peace Linda you will we missed by everyone who knew you.

  3. Our deepest sympathy to Bill, Chris and her entire family. We will always miss her friendship and spirit.
    We had some great times with Linda, she was always so upbeat and positive.

  4. My deepest condolences to Bill, Chris, Russell and the many others who knew and loved Linda. My world was better with her in it and there will always be a special place in my heart that is reserved especially for her. Rest in peace, my dear friend.

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