Hyrum W. Smith



(entrepreneur, businessman, author, speaker, philanthropist)


Hyrum Wayne Smith was born on October 16, 1943 in Centerville, Utah.

Hyrum served a mission in London, England.

After that, he was drafted an served in the U. S. Army as field commander of a Pershing missile battery in Germany.

While on leave from the Army in 1966, Hyrum married Gail Cooper. She was a graduate of Dixie State College.

Hyrum graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971 and later in life received three honorary doctorate degrees.

In 1981, he formed Golden Eagle Motivation to provide training in sales management.

Hyrum was one of the creators of the Franklin Day Planner. He developed the planner in his basement, using loose-leaf pages to organize appointments, tasks, and notes based on a time-management system he developed.

Hyrum founded the Franklin Quest Company in 1983. It manufactured day planners and conducted seminars in time management and productivity based on Smith's principles. The company went public in 1992

In 1997, the Franklin Quest Company merged with Stephen R. Covey's Covey Leadership Center to form the Franklin Covey Company. Hyrum was the Vice Chairman of the Franklin Covey Company until he retired in 2004.

Hyrum and Gail retired to their 22-acre ranch in Gunlock.

Hyrum served as a mission president in California.

Hyrum spent his later years lecturing and in philanthropy. He played significant roles in the development of Tuacahn and Dixie State College.

Hyrum died on November 18, 2019 several months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. His funeral will be held at noon on December 3 in the Ivins Stake Center, 260 East 1060 South in Ivins.

Where Eagles Rest (1982)
The Advanced Day Planner User's Guide (1987)
10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management (1994)
What Matters Most (2001)
The Modern Gladiator (2001)
Pain is Inevitable, Misery is Optional (2004)


Hyrum's Parents and Siblings:
    Joseph Fielding Smith
    Ruth Pingree Smith
        Ruth Stanlie Smith
        Ida Smith
        R. P. "Joe" Smith
        Denis P. Smith
        Lynne Esther Smith
        Hyrum Wayne Smith
        Pauline Smith

(1/30/1899-8/29/1964)   (married 6/5/1929)
(11/1/1930-7/17/2015)   (married Harold Farnes Silver)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(6/3/1942-4/1/2004)   (married Paul Jacobson Partridge)
(10/16/1943-11/18/2019)   (married Gail Cooper)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Jensen)

Gail's Parents and Siblings:
    Evan Erastmus Cooper
    Glenna Fern Wilkins Cooper  
        Margarette Fern Cooper
        Gail Cooper
        Carma Christine Cooper
        Kallie Cooper
        Nola Vee Cooper

(2/14/1915-1/19/1990)   (married 10/11/1938)
(3/17/1939-4/3/2017)   (married William Martin Stallings)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Hyrum W. Smith)
(7/23/1944-8/2/2006)   (married James Lynn Porter)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Adkins)
(3/28/1959-11/9/1992)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Ungerman)

Hyrum & Gail's Family:
    Hyrum W. Smith
    Gail Cooper Smith
        Glenna Smith
        Stacie Smith
        Joseph Smith
        Rebecca Smith
        Jacob Smith
        Sharwan Smith

(10/16/1943-11/18/2019)   (married xx/xx/1966)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Ed Burdick)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Larry Shurtliff)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Katie X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Xxxxxxx X. Xxxxxxxx)
(xx/xx/xxxx-xx/xx/xxxx)   (married Emily X. Xxxxxxxx)


Hyrum W. Smith       Hyrum W. Smith
      Hyrum W. Smith

Hyrum W. Smith       Hyrum W. Smith at a book signing



Hyrum W. Smith Facebook Page

Wikipedia article on Hyrum W. Smith

Hyrum W. Smith Modern Pioneer Award
Presented by the Cotton Mission Chapter Sons of Utah Pioneers October 22,2019

Hyrum W. Smith, Utah entrepreneur who created the Franklin Planner, dies at 76
Article by Sean P. Means, The Salt Lake Tribune, November 22, 2019

Southern Utah philanthropist Hyrum Smith dies at age 76
Article by Ryann Richardson, St. George News, November 20, 2019

Find-A-Grave entry for Hyrum Wayne Smith

Hyrum Wayne Smith's Obituary

Cotton Mission Chapter SUP Tribute to Hyrum Smith
Cotton Mission Chapter Newsletter, Volume 31, Number 12, December 2019, pp. 3-5