Evan Zachary Smartt, of Edmond, Oklahoma, passed away on January 2, 2020, at the age of 18. Evan was born November 2, 2001 in Plano, Texas to John and Shelli Smartt.
Kind, witty, smart, and brave are only a few of the words that described our sweet Evan. If you were lucky enough to be in his circle, you were cherished beyond measure. He knew your love for him and undoubtedly loved back double. Evan had recently been accepted into the University of Oklahoma with an academic scholarship from the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education. He planned to study journalism and write life changing stories that others needed to hear. He was a member of the OMRF Teen Leaders in Philanthropy Board, Mensa and a volunteer at the Edmond Animal Shelter.
When not working as a cashier at a local grocery store, Evan enjoyed spending time with his family, friends and most beloved mutt Odie-Bill. He was an old soul, with the most eclectic playlist and the greatest hugs. His knowledge of all things was vast and he would most enjoy sitting with you and sharing that knowledge. He was our leader in family prayer, our Sonic coke runner and our family’s biggest cheerleader. He did it all and with the biggest smile and the best head of hair.
Evan’s final act of bravery, selflessness and kindness came on January 3, 2020, when he saved four lives through his gift of organ donation. His family is honored to have been gifted 18 years of his laughter and love and so proud to call him our hero. Because of Evan’s commitment to Christ, we know their journey with him is not done.
Evan was preceded in death by his sisters, Brenna Smartt and McKenna Smartt; and his Papa, Wayne Younkins. He leaves behind to forever cherish his memory his loving parents, John and Shelli Smartt; faithful brother, Ryan Smartt; loyal sister, Abby Smartt; his special “Granny”, Mary Younkins of Norman; and his trusted grandparents, Claude and Meredith Smartt of Ardmore. Evan was survived by many aunts, uncles and cousins throughout the country, and had a fond affection to eating Dim Sum with his best aunt “Ninny”, Vanessa Younkins of Norman. Countless teachers and friends are added to the list of those left behind to honor Evan’s legacy.
The family would like to say a heartfelt thank you to the team of OU Trauma Center ICU and LifeShare Oklahoma for the constant care and support provided during our darkest of days.
Visitation will be held from 6:30-9:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at Havenbrook Funeral Home in Norman. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10, 2020, at the funeral home. Interment will follow at Norman I.O.O.F. Cemetery.
Memorials may be made in his precious name to Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (O.M.R.F.) or the local chapter of the Humane Society.
Rest easy my beautiful boy. Olive juice!
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