Jan. 16, 1939 – Sept. 17, 2012
Gilbert Lee Smith, born in Glendale on Jan. 16, 1939, passed away suddenly at Verdugo Hills Hospital on Sept. 17. He was 73 years old.
Gilbert was the son of Gilbert “Smitty” Smith, longtime director of the La Cañada Youth House, and Leona Brooks Smith.
As a young man, Gil was an active member of Mt. Olive Lutheran Church and La Cañada United Methodist Church. He served his country in the Air Force for four years from 1961 to 1965 and was a dedicated electrical engineer at Southern California Edison (SCE) for over 30 years.
In quasi-retirement, his passions were driving his “Tiger Bus” motorhome on road trips and perpetually tinkering with electronics and his automobiles.
He was a beloved father, grandfather, and friend and he will be deeply missed.
Gilbert is survived by his three children Wayne Smith of Tempe, Ariz., Laura Arocha of Dublin, Ohio, and Warren Smith of Vienna, Va; their mother Barbara; and eight grandchildren.
A funeral service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 2 p.m. at La Cañada United Methodist Church with interment to follow at Glen Haven Memorial Park.
Crippen Mortuary Directors