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Curtis James "Smitty" Smith
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Birth: Jun. 20, 1946
Allegheny County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Nov. 13, 2007
Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Alaska, USA

Anchorage Daily News December 7, 2007

Longtime Alaskan Curtis J. Smith Sr. died Nov. 13, 2007, at home in Palmer after a brief but courageous battle with cancer. He was 61. A celebration of Curt's life was held at the Salvation Army in downtown Palmer, next to the Palmer City Hall building. Refreshments were served and everybody was encouraged to bring a story to share with friends and family.

Curt was born June 20, 1946, in Tarentum, Pa., to Virginia Jones and Daryl "Crocky" Smith. Curt and his brother Lane arrived in Alaska on Jan. 10, 1971, in their Volkswagen Beetle. He worked several jobs, but only if they allowed him to hunt, fish and trap. Even with the cancer diagnosis, Curt considered himself more fortunate than most because he got to live out his dreams. As a younger man, Curt fished commercially in Chignik, and his best times were the seasons he guided in the Talkeetna Mountains with his old friend John Luster. "Curt, Dad, Pappy, Uncle Curt was a great and kind man who loved Alaska," his family wrote. "In his more recent years he shared his love of Alaska with his children and grandchildren with annual trips to the Kenai Peninsula to fish and dig clams."

He is survived by his wife, Cathy "Casey" Smith; children, Kim (Kevin) Boggs of Palmer, Curtis Smith Jr. of Wasilla, Wendy (Robert) Smith of Palmer, and stepdaughter, Nicole of Palmer; brothers, Lane (Karen) Drury of Sutton, and Ken (Kim) of New Bethlehem, Pa.; sister, Ruth (James) Fox of Cheswick, Pa.; and several grandchildren, nieces and nephews from Alaska and Pennsylvania. Curtis has many family members and friends in Alaska and Pennsylvania and will be greatly missed by all. Flowers will be appreciated at the celebration of life, or memorial donations may be made in Curt's name to Mat-Su Regional Hospice, 950 E. Bogard Road, Wasilla 99654. Visit the online memorial at
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  Darl C Smith (1924 - 2007)
  Virginia Rose Jones Howe (1927 - 2006)
  Josephine Frances Hallahan Smith (1946 - 2010)*
*Calculated relationship
Pioneer Cemetery
Matanuska-Susitna Borough
Alaska, USA
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Record added: Dec 14, 2009
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Curtis James Smitty Smith
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