|Birth: ||May 4, 1923|
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 2005|
Anchorage Daily News June 23, 2005
Longtime Alaskan and Wasilla resident Arthur "Jack" Smith Jr., 82, died at his home June 20, 2005, of myelofibrosis. A funeral was at the Masonic Lodge 7 in Palmer with Hank Dunbar officiating. Burial was in the Palmer Pioneer Cemetery.
Mr. Smith was born to Callie and Arthur Smith on May 4, 1923, in Ketchum, Okla., where he was raised. He owned and operated an excavating business in California and raised cattle and quarter horses. He moved to Alaska in 1955, living in Anchorage until 1980, when he made Wasilla his home. He was a member of the Operating Engineers Union Local 302 and a Mason member for 43 years. He enjoyed fishing, rodeos and flying his plane. His family writes, "He was a 'people person.' He had a lot of friends and everyone liked him. He always had a joke to tell." His brothers, Robert, Jim and Bill Smith, and sister, Zetta Pool, preceded him in death.
Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Wanda Smith of Wasilla; daughter and son-in-law, Sandra and Lee Bray of Anchorage; sisters, Betty Emory and husband, Charles of Palmer, Maxine Saska of Vinita, Okla.; brother, Harvey Smith of Antioch, Calif.; special friend, Frank Hillier; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial donations may be made to Hospice of Mat-Su, 3051 E. Palmer-Wasilla Highway, Wasilla 99654. Arrangements are with Valley Funeral Home and Crematory.
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Record added: Dec 14, 2009
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