Clarence John “Smitty” Smith, 91, of Clovis, a retired clerk for the Santa Fe Railroad, died Saturday, Nov. 1, 2003, at Retirement Ranch in Clovis.
He was born on July 7, 1912, in Lexington Township, Minn., to Edward and Amelia Smith.
He graduated from Le Center High School and owned and operated a resort on Clear Lake, Minn. He married Dorothea Dutton on Feb. 12, 1941. He was inducted into military service at Fort Snelling, Minn., in 1942. He was one of the first airmen stationed at Clovis Air Base, coming here Jan. 1, 1943. He moved back to Clovis and worked as a clerk for the Santa Fe Railroad, retiring in 1974. He was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church, the National Association of Retired & Veteran Railway Employees and the American Legion Post #25. He had volunteered 300 hours at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Amarillo. He was nominated and his achievements were published in the first edition of “Outstanding Leaders in America” in 1968.
He was preceded in death by his parents; an infant son, Bruce; and three sisters.
Survivors include his wife; three sons, Leroy Smith of San Angelo, Texas, Glenn Smith of Mahtomedi, Minn., and Wayne Smith of Katy, Texas; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Tom Wilson will officiate the services.
Burial will be at Lawn Haven Memorial Gardens in Clovis.
Pallbearers will be Jim Pruit, Eugene Guthals, Don Hegarty, Howard Leavell, Gary Kruckeburg and Don Spinks.
Honorary pallbearers will be the members of American Legion Post #25.
Arrangements are by Steed-Todd Funeral Home of Clovis.