Sharwan Smith was born November 25, 1970, to Hyrum and Gail Smith, the third of six children to become a part of the Smith family. Sharwan attended school in northern Utah, graduating from Viewmont High School in 1988.
Following high school graduation, Sharwan enrolled in Southern Utah University, earning a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish from the institution in 1994. An energetic and compassionate young woman, she was loved and respected by her fellow students and her professors at the University, who remember her quick smile and her eagerness to become involved in events and projects that would enhance the lives of others on campus.
Best remembered by many for her service as Activities Vice President that the Southern Utah University Student Association during the 1991 - 92 school year, Sharwan was also active in numerous musical groups and capacities during her stay at SUU. A talented instrumentalist and vocal performer, she would later join her sisters: Glenna, Stacie and Rebecca in forming the Smith 4, an accomplished vocal ensemble that has performed at venues throughout the American West. The group released its first album, "Common Ground" in 1994.
Selected in 1990 to serve as the "Days of 47 Queen" at the annual Pioneer Day celebration in Salt Lake City, Sharwan also filled a mission for the L.D.S. Church to Argentina before her life was taken in an automobile accident May 18, 1995.
The construction of the building was made possible with generous monies from student fees, the Iron County Convention and Tourism Bureau and an anonymous donor.
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