Glenn Donald Smith


Glenn Donald Smith, 77, died May 25, 2003, in Payson. He was born Feb. 5, 1926 in Phoenix to George and Agda Smith.

He was a graduate of Phoenix Union High School and Phoenix College, where he played guard on the basketball team, and where he met his wife of nearly 55 years, Jean Landis. Following a stint in the U.S. Army, he studied at the University of Arizona, earning a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1949. He began his career with the Bureau of Reclamation, and in 1953 went to work in the rate department at Arizona Public Service, where he remained until his retirement in 1986.

A surrogate father to many, he was a Little League baseball coach, an avid fly fisherman, a stamp collector, a Wildcat fan and a devotee of the weather and Arizona history.

For many years, he and Jean enjoyed summers at their cabin in Greer. After 45 years living in Phoenix, they moved to Payson in 1998.

In addition to Jean, he is survived by his sister, Jean Besich of Tempe; five children, Rev. Richard (Pam) Smith of Bethesda, Md., Roger (Teresa) Kelleher of Taylor, Ariz., Paul (Debbie) of Chandler, Dr. Donald Smith (Jule Ferdon) of Tucson, and Janet Nossek (Scott) of Payson; 12 grandchildren, a large extended family, and many friends.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 30 at Church of the Beatitudes, 555 W. Glendale Ave. in Phoenix, where he was a longtime member.

Donations can be made to the Nature Conservancy, 1510 E. Fort Lowell, Tucson, AZ 85719, or Payson Area Habitat for Humanity, 1013 S. Goodfellow Road, Payson, AZ 85441.

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