John “Smitty” Alan Smith passed away peacefully at his home in the Upper Green on May 11 at the age of 74. He was born Nov. 15, 1938, the son of John Alfred and Adella (Johns) Smith. He attended schools in Granger and Green River. Smitty was a top-notch welder and pipe fitter – jobs he held for many years in Sweetwater County. He was a member of the Elk and Eagles Clubs, as well as one of the original members of the Sweetwater County Search and Rescue. In 1958, he married Lolly St. Croix. To this union were born their two children – John Alfred and Tammie.
He later married Donna Hecox in 1977. Together they ran The Place for many years. He then became the ranch manager for the Circle S Ranch before retiring. Smitty loved the outdoors – hunting, fishing, horseback riding and spending time with his dogs. He had several dogs Missy1, Missy2, Missy3 and Missy4, who went everywhere with him. He had friends everywhere he went – the bank, the doctor’s office, the coffee shop, etc. Smitty was a kind person and would give you the shirt off his back to help someone. If you were a friend, you were a friend for life.
He was preceded in death by his parents and sister, Bonnie Simpson. He is survived by his son, John Smith of Rock Springs; daughter, Tammie Mondragon and companion Dave Martinez of Rock Springs; brother Jim (Betty) Smith of Las Vegas, Nev.; sister Jody (Jack) Wilson of Green River; grandson John Albert (Meagan) Smith of Texas; granddaughter Jennifer (Marc) Beardsley of Rock Springs; nephew Jimmy (Dawn) Smith; two great-grandchildren; and several other nieces and nephews.
A celebration of Smitty’s life will be held at a later date this summer. Memorial contributions may be sent to Happy Ending Animal Shelter, Box 1835, Pinedale, WY 82941 or an account has been set up in his memory at RSNB, Box 880, Rock Springs, WY 82902.
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