The couple was honored on Thursday, May 3, at the Sutherland Institute's Legacy Awards Banquet held at Rice-Eccles Stadium, here.
Hundreds of Utah's top officials and legislators attended the black-tie event.
The Legacy Award was given to Stan and Mary Ellen for what the institute calls "a lifetime of service promoting faith, family, and freedom."
"The Smoots embody the essence of all of the things the Sutherland Institute wants to promote," said top GOP official Enid Greene. She is chair of the State Republican Party.
"They promote families, community service, and all things that make up a happy, functioning community."
"They are remarkable people," said award presenter Laurie Swim, "Two lives well lived."
Stan Smoot served as a Davis County Commissioner for 12 years. During his tenure, Stan helped cut taxes, bring two hospitals into the county and was a critical element in the expansion of Interstate 15.
He also served as president of the National Association of Counties. Outside of government work, Stan founded Smoot Real Estate and Development, a company that designed Lewis Park Estates, Ford Canyon Estates and the Eaglewood development.
"Together, we have tried to run Davis County government like a business and not a government," said Stan. "That's where our success has come from."
Mary Ellen raised seven children, and then went on to lead the women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the General Relief Society President.
For five years, Mary Ellen guided the largest women's religious organization in the world. She also helped lead the World Congress of Families in Switzerland. The couple has 51 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
"We are so blessed for this recognition of just our lives," said Stan. "But there are thousands this award could have been given to. We honor them because they help society."
The Sutherland Institute is a public policy think-tank. The institute is committed to shaping Utah law to its conservative ideals.