|Birth: ||Mar. 6, 1916|
|Death: ||Nov. 9, 1992|
Anchorage Daily News November 11, 1992
Longtime Alaskan Frank Edmund Smith, 76, died Nov. 9 at Serenity House after a long battle with the effects of emphysema. A visitation was at Evergreen's downtown chapel with one decade of Our Lady's Rosary. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Holy amily Cathedral. The Rev. Anthony Patalano, pastor of Holy Rosary Parish in Portland, Ore., officiated. Burial was in Anchorage Municipal Cemetery in the spring.
Mr. Smith was born March 6, 1916, in Chicago, the third of eight children of Margaret and Joseph Smith. He was a star football player at Fenger High School in Chicago, where he was voted All-City quarterback during his senior year. He attended the University of Montana on a football scholarship and played for the Montana Grizzlies for three years. There, he met his wife of 54 years, Hazel Huber. After working as a railroad engineer for the first two years of American involvement in World War II, Mr. Smith and his family moved to Alaska with the Civil Aeronautics Administration (now Federal Aviation Agency) in 1943. The family first lived in Summit, and also in Northway, King Salmon (Naknek) and Annette Island. In 1953, they moved to Cordova, where Smith was FAA station manager for nine years. In 1962, they settled in Anchorage, where they first owned a home. Mr. Smith retired from the FAA in 1969. He was active in civic and church affairs before his illness. He was an organizer of the Cordova Toastmaster's Club, and as first place state winner, represented Alaska at the Western Regional Toastmaster's speech contest in Seattle in 1962, where he won second place. He was also active in the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, and served as Exalted Ruler of the Cordova Lodge. He served as president of the Cordova Chamber of Commerce, and is remembered for having improved relations between FAA personnel and the city during his tenure as station manager. He was a popular master of ceremonies, and wrote and served as emcee for a number of annual Elk's Cabarets. He was an avid fly fisherman and enjoyed playing softball. After moving to Anchorage, Mr. Smith served on the Board of the Alaska Crippled Children's Association, and was very active as an adviser to the Catholic Youth Organization of Holy Family parish. He and his wife received the highest honor given to lay persons by the National Office of the Catholic Youth Organization in 1966 the Pro Deo et Juventutem (For God and Youth) medal. He always cherished the honor of having been the emcee at the installation banquet of Archbishop Joseph Ryan, the first Catholic archbishop of Alaska. His family said: "Although he was proud of, and committed to, his service to the public, his greatest pride and greatest contribution was his devotion to his family. His life was dedicated to that fierce devotion, and his gentle wit and wisdom were a testament to family values and the value of families."
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Hazel of Anchorage; his brothers, Gerald and Robert of Illinois, Paul of Missouri, and John of California; and his sister, Mary Caley of Oregon; his son and daughter-in-law, Philip and Deborah of Juneau; his daughter, Aleen Smith of Anchorage; his daughter-in- law, Cha of Anchorage; his grandsons, Christopher of San Francisco, and Crispian of Athens, Greece; his granddaughters, Pomi Kershaw of Portland, Ore., Deborah of Eugene, Ore., Moira of Juneau, and Kristin of Anchorage; and his great-grandchildren, Frances and James Kershaw of Portland. He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Joseph and Donald, and his children, Kristin and Frank Jr. The family requests that memorials be sent to the Brother Francis Shelter, 1021 E. Third Ave., Anchorage 99501
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