Hyrum W. Smith – A Tribute To A Legend

Hyrum W. Smith recently passed away after a fierce battle with cancer. We will miss his inviting smile and contagious enthusiasm.
“When your daily activities are in concert with your highest priorities, you have a credible claim to inner peace.”
—Hyrum W. Smith
Hyrum founded the Franklin Quest Company in 1983. He was a distinguished author, speaker, businessman, and the original creator of the popular Franklin Day Planner. He was a gifted teacher, and spent years training individuals and organizations in the time management principles on which the Franklin Day Planner was based. In 1997 his company acquired Stephen Covey’s training company to became the FranklinCovey Company.
For more than four decades, Hyrum empowered millions of people to effectively govern their personal and professional lives. Hyrum is the author of several nationally acclaimed books, including The 10 Natural Laws of Successful Time and Life Management, What Matters Most, The Modern Gladiator, and The 3 Gaps. His books and presentations have been acclaimed by American and international audiences. He had a knack for combining wit and enthusiasm to communicate compelling principles and incite lasting personal change.
“The only thing you have 100 percent control over is you.”
—Hyrum W. Smith
Born in 1943, Hyrum grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii, and spent two years in London, England as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. When he returned from London he was drafted into the army.
He married Gail Cooper in 1966 while on leave. They have six children and 24 grandchildren. After earning Honor Graduate distinction from Officers Candidate School, he commanded a Pershing Missile unit in Germany. Hyrum graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971 with a degree in Business Management.
Hyrum has received numerous honors and community service awards, including the following:

  • International Entrepreneur of the Year by Brigham Young University’s Marriott School of Management in 1993
  • Three honorary doctorate degrees
  • SRI Gallup Hall of Fame and Man of the Year Award in 1992
  • Silver Beaver Award from the Boy Scouts of America
  • Inducted into the Utah Business Hall of Fame

Hyrum enjoyed golfing, shooting pistols and rifles, listening to classical music, horse riding, and spending time with his family at his ranch in southern Utah.
“There is no chance, no fate, no destiny that can circumvent, or hinder, or control the firm resolve of a determined soul.”
—Hyrum W. Smith

12 Replies to “Hyrum W. Smith – A Tribute To A Legend”

  1. So sorry to hear about Mr. Smith’s passing. Thankful for his service, and great inspiration. His legacy will live on, the world needs more people like Mr. Hyrum Smith. May God continue to bless and comfort his family, friends, and the company.

  2. The Franklin Planner has made my life better over the years, and whenever I use mine I’ll think of its creator. I’m extremely sorry to hear of Mr. Smith’s passing. He was a good man doing good things in the world.

  3. I’ve been using a Franklin Planner for over 20 yrs. as have most of my key people. I’d rather lose my wallet than my planner. I never had the pleasure of meeting Mr.Smith but wished I had to tell him what a great influence he had on my business and life.

  4. My condolences to Mr. Smith’s family. The world will miss this amazing man. The FranklinCovey planner is a blessing and I would be lost without it.

  5. Hyrum Smith has left behind a great legacy and a wonderful company. My condolences for the loss of such a great influencer and leader. He will certainly be missed.

  6. Sad to hear of his passing. I memorized the sun-dial poem Hyrum uses in one of the early Time Quest seminars and I actually used it in a talk just 3 weeks ago! He had an excellent way of explaining concepts and principles that have helped me a lot in my life. Many thanks Hyrum.

  7. He was a great guy, I worked with Hyrum as head of his UK & Europe sales operation, succeeding Charles Macadam, I started as a sales manager in 1993 And left in 98 after the amalgamation with the Covey organisation.
    Nothing was too much trouble, when we were Franklin Quest if I needed his assistance at an important presentation he would get on a plane and come over. After we became Franklin Covey I asked for the same assistance from Stephen Covey and was quoted a daily rate plus his air fare and hotel costs. I left 3 months later.
    I am still an avid Franklin user even though I retired 5 years ago, it has been the biggest influence in my career and Hyrum taught me a lot about business and presenting.
    RIP Big Man.

  8. Really, Mr. Smith came of great men and he was a great man in this generation. In Brazil as well as in other places of the world his planner method was an icon in the companies, in special those of high technology at the IT sector where the changing effects are increasingly faster and stronger on all markets. His main mission was accomplished with the success which were hopped of him since the begin. He left an important legacy for all such as all great minds left. Now, he will have the oppotunity to continue applying their knowledges accumulated at this mortal plan for other goals much more elevated in the spiritual world according is clearly writeen in the scriptures.

  9. Believe it or not yesterday the 29th I was thinking about Hyrum Smith And wondering how he was if he was alive and what was going on with him, remembering my planner classes wondering if there’s a possibility of reaching out and touching base with him thanking him for the time he gave us all. He must have reached out and touched base with us again! Well Hyrum thank you.

  10. I’m so sorry to hear about Mr. Smith’s passing. Please convey my sincere condolences to Hyrum’s family! I worked with Hyrum at Automatic Data Processing (ADP) – Dealer Services in the 1970’s where he was the Sales Manager and I was in Technical Support. I have fond memories of him always being happy & positive, and often heard him whistling in the halls in our building at 81st & NE Killingsworth. Thankful for his service, and great inspiration. His legacy will live on, the world needs more people like Mr. Hyrum Smith. May God continue to bless and comfort his family, friends, and the company.

    Greg Sievers

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