Loyel Dean "Smitty" Smith, 81, passed away Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in Pocatello from complications following a stroke in January 2014. He was born Jan. 2, 1933, in Grace, Idaho, the second of six children born to LaVerl "Ted" Smith and Millie Corbridge Smith. He attended school in Grace, graduating from Grace High School in 1953.
He enlisted in the Army after graduation, but received an honorable discharge in October 1953, when a heart condition was discovered. He attended Idaho State College, for two years studying electricity.
He then worked various jobs and well as being a salmon fishing guide in the Stanley area.
He met Judy Critchfield in the summer of 1959, and they eloped to Elko, Nev., and married July 23, 1960. To that union was born a daughter, LaVon, and a son, Tim.
Dean lived in the Stanley area until 1980, raising his family, fishing and serving the community by being a volunteer firefighter and the president of the Stanley Sewer Association for many years.
While in Stanley, Dean worked for the Idaho Transportation Department for 12 years. He then started his own businesses, Smitty's Saw Sales and Service and Stanley Contracting.
In 1980, Dean and Judy moved to Challis. Dean continued his businesses until he retired about 10 years ago. He was then able to fully indulge in fishing whenever he wanted for about five years.
Dean was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Frank, Terry and Farrell.
Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Judy of Challis; his daughter, LaVon of Challis; his son, Tim of Wyoming; granddaughters, Deidre (Anthony) Gariti of Georgia, Jazmine Anderson, of Challis, Aimee Smith (Jamie Knight), of Arizona and Emily Smith, of Wyoming; grandson, Drew Smith of Wyoming; four (soon to be five) great-grandchildren, Jared, Zoe, Naomi, Paul and Elijah; sisters, Arlene (Ben) Boychuk of California and Esther Best of Montana; and numerous nieces, nephews and other extended family.
Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 30, at Jones & Casey Funeral Home, 531 Highway 93 South in Challis. Viewing will be one hour prior to services. Burial will be in Challis Cemetery with military honors by American Legion Phillip Kirk Post 109 and the Idaho Honor Guard. Arrangements are under the care of Jones & Casey Funeral Home of Challis.
The family requests that memorial donations be made to your charity of choice .
Published in Post Register on Apr. 29, 2014