Leslie D. Smith, Jr.

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Leslie D. Smith, Jr., 77, of Strawberry, died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2003. He was born in Los Angeles Sept. 5, 1925.

He was a World War II veteran in naval aviation, and was a retired firefighter-engineer for the city of Phoenix.

He was a member of United Firefighters Association, Phoenix Local 493, VFW Post 01760 of Mesa and American Legion Post 69 of Payson.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Mitchelyn M. Smith of Strawberry; daughter, Linda Garcia of Phoenix; son, Scott Smith of Phoenix; sister, June Elliott of Carson City, Nev.; stepchildren, Tom Fink and Cindy Valero of Phoenix; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 at the Strawberry Chapel in the Pines, 8579 Fossil Creek Road in Strawberry.

Donations may be made in Mr. Smith's name to RTA Hospice, 107 E. Frontier Street, Payson, AZ 86651.

Arrangements were handled by Messinger Payson Funeral Home.

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