Scott Daniel Smith, 41, of Leawood, lost his fierce, two-year battle with ALS on Dec. 8, with his wife, Jamie Wolverton Smith, and parents, Mark and Bunny Smith of Lawrence, at his side. Scott is also survived by his two children, Iris Lauren, 3, and Hope Danielle, 1, of the home, and a brother, Drew Smith, of Mission. He was preceded in death by an infant sister, Lauren Diane.
Scott was born July 4, 1981, in Lawrence, where he attended Deerfield Elementary, West Junior High and Free State High schools and was confirmed at Plymouth Congregational UCC. He played football, ran track and wrestled for FSHS (Class of 2000), earning a scholarship to wrestle for Truman State University, where he also played Division II football and graduated magna cum laude with a degree in exercise science in 2005.
Scott’s deep love of singing and songwriting next took him to Saint Louis to perform and record with his band, Full Day Affair, as well as for a project he developed and named Loft 9 Records. He continued to perform solo and open for other artists when he returned to the Kansas City area but eventually turned his focus to building his successful personal training and fitness business, BodySmith KC.
Scott’s next success story was marriage and fatherhood, which was what sustained him after receiving the devastating diagnosis of ALS in late 2020. He became a warrior in the fight to beat this neurodegenerative disease, using his writing skills to publish a brutally honest and widely read journal of its progression to his blog, flexonals.com. Through this and other online channels, he also managed to raise thousands of dollars for ALS research. His participation in a promising research drug trial even as his symptoms worsened cements his hero status, as it provides hope for effective treatment and a possible cure for future sufferers.
Scott had a talent for making and keeping fast and loyal friendships, many of them lifelong and many others through his wife, Jamie, as well as for endearing himself to a very large family of aunts, uncles, cousins and in-laws. They have been unfailing in their support of Scott and his family throughout his ordeal.
Following a private burial, a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 7, 2023 at Colonial Church in Prairie Village, 7039 Mission Rd. Prairie Village, Kansas. 66208. A reception will be held following the service at Gravity Restaurant in the Shops at Prairie Village 4160 W 71st St, Prairie Village, KS 66208. There is parking in the former Macys parking lot in Prairie Village Shopping Center, that is between the church and the reception venue.
A recorded video of the service is available at
Service Video (8min): https://vimeo.com/786790594/d44c2cfb18
A trust has been set up to honor Scott and the family respectfully requests that any memorial gifts be made by sending checks payable to:
“Jamie Smith/Iris & Hope Smith College Fund,” mailed to:
Attn: John Ludwig
4520 Main St. 8th Floor
Kansas City, MO 64111
Assistance by Funeral Advocates, LLC.