Bridger Jeffrey Smith, 16, passed away on Dec. 13, in a
tragic accident in Scottsdale, Ariz., where he was living at
the time. He was born in Rock Springs on April 15, 2003.
Bridger was the son and best friend of Janelle and Austin
Smith, of Big Piney, and big brother and role model
to four younger sisters Haddy, Piper, Kooper and Kelty.
Bridger attended school online so that he could pursue
his hockey dreams. He was only a junior, but extremely
talented on and off of the ice. He started playing hockey
at a very young age and continued to play on a variety of
teams such as the Big Piney Vipers, Pinedale Glaciers,
Utah Jr. Grizzlies, Jackson Hole Summit Selects, Ogden
Jr. Mustangs, Boulder Bison, Rocky Mountain Rough
Riders, Colorado Thunderbirds, Madison Capitols, LA Jr. Kings, and the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes.
He was also chosen for several select teams.
Besides hockey, he had a love for traveling, exploring the world, food, fast cars and learning
new things. Hockey allowed him to travel all over and explore new things. Because of
this, people all over the world were blessed by his big grin and thoughtful heart.
In addition to his parents and sisters, he is survived by a great-grandmother Bettie Coles,
his grandfather Ace Smith, grandmother Sallie Waters, aunts Cameo (Shawn) Langley, Whitney
(Damon) Gehlhausen and Alisha (Austin) Moore and seven cousins. He was preceded in
death by grandmother Jessie Smith and one uncle.
A funeral service was conducted Friday, Dec. 27, at the Senior Center, 429 E. First St.,
Viewing began at 9 a.m. with services following at 11 a.m. Interment was at Plainview
Cemetery immediately following services. A meal, visiting and memory sharing followed at
the Senior Center after the cemetery services.
In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Bridger Smith Memorial Fund, set up at
Bank of the West, P.O. Box 428, Big Piney, Wyo., 83113.