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JAY CURTIS SMITH Obituary
Smith, Jay Curtis, 51, of Ladera Ranch, passed away July 15, 2013. Born February 14, 1962 in Lafayette, IN, he was the son of Jerry and Claudette Smith.

July 2, 1995 he married Sandra Leitner, becoming members of Saddleback Church. Sandra showed strength and courage caring for Jay while battling colon cancer. Surviving with Sandra are children, Jasmin, Joshua, Jayson and Jared.

Jay graduated from Harrison High School and Purdue University. Jay moved to Long Beach, CA to work at McDonnell Douglas Aircraft, and earn an MBA from Pepperdine University. Jay later joined AMP Research, and became COO/Part Owner.

Jay is also survived by parents, Jerry Smith (Mary) of Michigan City, IN and Claudette Ashby (Joe) of Lafayette, IN; brothers, Jeff Smith of Sycamore, IL and Jim Smith (Janice) of West Lafayette, IN; sister, Jackie Barrett of Lafayette, IN; step-brothers, Chris Blanchard (Cathy) of Chicago, IL, Brian Rondeau (Erica) of Indianapolis, IN and David Ashby of Oakland, CA; step-sisters, Tracey Rondeau of West Lafayette, IN and Lynn Grimes (Pat) of West Point, IN.

Jay was a devoted Christian husband and father; his family meant everything to him. They took vacations and Missions around the world, taking joy in being together and helping others. Jay coached his children's basketball, Little League, and flag football teams, and worked tirelessly to be a great provider and role model.

A memorial service will be at Saddleback Church, Saturday, July 27 at 10am. In lieu of flowers, please donate in memory of Jay at orphancareinitiative.com. For Jay, family was everything and we would like to honor Jay supporting the orphan ministry at Saddleback Church. If choosing to contribute, please e-mail susank@saddleback.com notifying of your donation.

Published in Orange County Register on July 27, 2013
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