Scott William Smedstad of Gilbert, Arizona, passed away Sunday, April 16th surrounded by family and friends. Scott was born on March 19th, 1976, to Georgia and John Smedstad in Kalamazoo, Michigan. He is preceded in death by his loving mother, Georgia. He is survived by his father, John, his brothers, Dave (Augie), Jeff (Suzie), and wife, Kristin.
Scott was the youngest of the family and looked up to his two older brothers. Scott started his love of sports early and wore ice skates as soon as he could walk. He thoroughly enjoyed the skating rink they had in their yard.
Scott spent the rest of his childhood in Chandler, Arizona. He met lifelong friends in the neighborhood and spent his time skateboarding, swimming, and playing tetherball as he loved being with friends and being outdoors. He loved being in the water and had so many enjoyable memories at Lake Roosevelt on the family boat fishing and waterskiing. He loved playing all sports but really began to focus on his favorite sport, soccer.
Soccer was a major part of Scott’s life from childhood through college. His mom was his biggest cheerleader (on and off the field). He was a born leader and as an MVP and team captain led many different teams to prestigious wins and even a State Championship with his club team. He attended William Woods University in Fulton, Missouri. He toured many universities on recruitment trips but loved the small-town feel, the green campus, and its fishing lakes. In addition to soccer, he played on the university’s golf team.
After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Business, Scott returned to Arizona. Scott and his dad ran a lucrative business, Arizona Air Duct Cleaning, that serviced the Valley. The two of them rode side by side for two decades and were each other’s right-hand man and best buddies. The two worked like clockwork and were able to complete several jobs per day and still have time to golf together when done.
Upon returning from college, he met his wife, Kristin. They were soulmates and best friends and married in 2011 in Gilbert, Arizona. Scott was always proud of his Viking heritage and loved that he married a fellow Norwegian. Their “kids” were their animals that they cherished so much. Scott continued the family business after John retired. He hired his father-in-law, Birger, and also included Kristin when she wasn’t teaching. Kristin and Scott enjoyed spending all their time together laughing and doing the simple things in life.
Scott had the biggest heart and would help anyone and everyone he met. He loved donating to charities that benefited children. He had a contagious smile and a large personality that matched his large stature. He loved dancing, singing, doing impressions, and making people laugh. Everywhere he went, people remembered him because he was unforgettable. Scott was one of a kind, and he will be dearly missed by those who were lucky enough to know and love him.
A visitation for Scott will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 10:00 AM with the funeral service following at 11:00 am at San Tan Mountain View Funeral Home, 21809 S. Ellsworth Rd. Queen Creek, Arizona, 85142. He will be laid to rest immediately following the funeral services at San Tan Memorial Gardens at Schnepf Farms, 22425 E. Cloud Rd., Queen Creek, Arizona, 85142.