MALCOLM G. SMITH
MARCH 17, 1919 - AUGUST 25, 2014
Malcolm G. Smith, was born March 17, 1919 to Isabelle and Malcolm David Smith in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He passed away on August 25, 2014 with his loving family by his side. Malcolm lived 95 years, an accomplishment in itself, but he achieved so much more. He arrived at Castle AFB in 1964 and ultimately made Atwater his home. After a 27 year active duty career with the United States Air Force, he retired in 1969. He was then employed by Farmer's Insurance where he worked for the next 12 years in Security and Coding.
Malcolm, aka "Sarge", was a Senior Master Sergeant at retirement and was a decorated veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam. He was always proud of his military service and continued to support the military until his death. Malcolm was a tail gunner on a B-24 Liberator during WWII and he received the Distinguished Flying Cross as well as the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal, American Theater Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal and as anyone who knew him would expect, the Good Conduct Medal. The air crews he helped protect managed to accomplish their bombing missions and more than a few times they barely made it back to the safety of Allied territory.
Malcolm is survived by his bride of 67 years; Patsy L. Smith. They have two daughters; Kathryn G. Gibbs (Rodman) and Elizabeth M. Sanford (Michael), four granddaughters; Amy M. Stout, Lindsey M. Coberley (Aaron), Lauren M. Hicks (Blair), Melissa A. Gibbs as well as 5 beloved great grandchildren. Malcolm is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Douglas Smith.
Malcolm was an avid boater and probably traveled over every inch of Lake McClure. He loved to pull skiers and tubers, not to mention the deadly "red sled". Malcolm loved to travel with Patsy in their motor homes. He enjoyed outdoor activities especially when it included his family. At any family get together he brought joy to the occasion and would be the life of the party. Malcolm worked hard, playing hard and was always proud of his home and his family.
There will be a viewing for friends at Wilson Family Funeral Chapel on Thursday, September 4, 2014 from 4-8PM. Malcolm will be laid to rest with full military honors at San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery on September 5, 2014 at 2:30 PM. Malcolm wished that in lieu of flowers donations be made to the Air Force Aid Society.
Wilson Family Funeral Home
1290 Winton Way Atwater, CA 95301
Published in Merced Sun Star from Sept. 2 to Sept. 3, 2014