John A. Smith, 74

John A. Smith, 74 of Grangeville passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2011 at Syringa General Hospital in Grangeville.

 John was born August 19, 1937 at Redlands, California a son of Alvin and Velma Baber Smith.  He lived in several areas as a young boy.  He graduated from Wallace High School and then entered the US Navy where he served for 20 years, retiring as Chief Petty Officer, Master Diver EOD.  He married Judy Myers on June 27, 1987 in Carson City, Nevada.  They lived in Tracy, California before moving to Grangeville in 1989.

 He enjoyed spending time in the out doors, hunting and especially fishing on the areas rivers. 

 He was a member to the Masonic Lodge and the Grangeville Christian Church.

 He is survived by his wife at the family home, a daughter Gerry Hayes, a son Sam Smith, a daughter Brenda Ware, a son Russ Grimes, a daughter  Carrie Lefler and a son Clay Grimes.  Eleven grandchildren, two great grandchildren and another on the way also survive him.

 He was preceded in death by his parents.

 A memorial reception will be held Monday, October 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. at the Grangeville Christian Church.  Arrangements are being handled by Blackmer Funeral Home, Grangeville.  Send condolences to the family to: Blackmerfuneralhome.com

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