Wednesday , August 09, 2017 - 10:00 PM
October 17, 1929 ~ August 7, 2017
Quentin Reuel Smelzer, Jr., age 87 years, passed away peacefully at his home in Huntsville, Utah, on Monday, August 7, 2017. He was born on October 17, 1929, to Marie Goetz Smelzer and Quentin R. Smelzer in Buffalo, New York. Growing up in Williamsville, New York, he enjoyed playing on his high school basketball team. Quentin graduated from Canisius College in Buffalo and went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps as a Second Lieutenant, having trained at Quantico, Virginia, and stationed at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina.
After his time with the Marine Corps, he began a very successful business career in Chicago in the mid-1950s and then on to Wall Street in Manhattan in 1957, to work in the sugar industry. He married Sally Nolen and was later divorced.
In 1968, Art Benning, owner of Ogden-based Amalgamated Sugar Co., asked who was the most talented sugar broker on Wall Street. Quentin was then hired to be Vice President of Marketing and moved to Utah. Quentin thrived in business. He was elected to the company board of directors in 1977. In 1984, he was promoted to Senior Vice President and stayed in that role until his retirement. He was honored with numerous business awards for his top sales skills. He enjoyed forming strong business relationships over rounds of golf at his favorite courses, including Oakridge Country Club in Farmington, Utah, and Bob O'Link Golf Club outside Chicago, Illinois.
On November 30, 1973, Quentin married Margot Hedges Buckway, and they resided together in Huntsville for almost 44 years, where he enjoyed playing golf, biking and skiing with his kids, walking his dogs, and driving his sports car. He had movie-star looks and Brooks Brothers style. Quentin promoted education for all his children and grandchildren, and more often than not, he was wearing their college shirts with pride. Even though no one attended Notre Dame, he was an ardent fan and enthusiastically cheered on The Fighting Irish. He was extremely kind and caring to Margot and all of their animals.
He is survived by his devoted wife, Margot; his children: Quentin, Elizabeth, Mark, John, Caroline, Gregory; their spouses: Susanne, Thomas, Eric, Nicole, Charlotte; and his grandchildren: Geoffrey, Zachary, Brian, Brooke, Luke, Sadie, Elliott, Nolen and Amelia.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and his beloved sister, Marilyn; and his grandchildren, Adam and Christian.
The family would like to express their sincere and deepest thanks to Margot's sister, Georgeanne; and brother, Ward; our close friend, Father Charles Cummins; our extended family, close neighbors, friends, the wonderful nursing assistants from Comfort Keepers and the extremely competent team from Applegate Homecare and Hospice.
Funeral services will be held at Leavitt's Mortuary, 836 36th St., Ogden, Utah, at 2:00 p.m. preceded by the viewing at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 12, 2017. Services entrusted to Leavitt's Mortuary.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be sent to:
-Lantern House Pet Park, 269 W. 33rd St., Ogden, UT 84401.
-Ogden-Weber Humane Education Society, 6182 S. 2855 East,
Ogden, UT 84403.
-Humane Society of Utah, 4242 S. 300 West, Murray, UT 84157
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