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Clyde "Smitty" Smith

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Smith, Clyde "Smitty"
was called to the Lord on January 3, 2016 just days short of his 97th birthday. Surrounded by his family, Clyde passed peacefully in his home in Boerne, Texas. Clyde, a self-made businessman with interests in Phoenix, various cities in Iowa and Missouri, was born in Iowa in 1919. He served in the 10th Mountain Division on the front lines in the Italian campaign of the Second World War, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. Clyde and his first wife, Helen Daley, began the Smitty's Supermarket chain in Iowa. They later moved their operations to Phoenix, where Smitty's and Smitty's Big Town became ubiquitous retail outlets in the Phoenix area. Clyde later moved to Texas where he built Tapatio Springs Golf and Country Club. Later, with his second wife, the former Peggy Harms, he developed Living Water Ranch and Smittyville. Clyde was known for his honesty, ambition and dedication to the concept of the American Dream. He took great pride in his business achievements, but his greatest career satisfaction derived from his close relationships as employer, motivator and mentor to the many dedicated and able employees associated with each of his ventures. Clyde was preceded in death by his brothers Bill and Swede, his sisters Wilma and Mildred, his first wife Helen, his daughter Karen and his grandsons Jeff & Dirk. He is survived by his daughters Sandra and Linda, an abundance of grandkids and great-grandkids, his brother Douglas and his wife Peggy and her family. Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to: "United For Change". It is a small 501(c)3 organization in Arizona which has an enormous impact on helping to improve the lives of our homeless veterans. Checks can be mailed to United For Change, 860 N. McQueen Road, Unit #1043, Chandler, AZ 85225-3949 and put "in memory of Clyde Smith" in the memo. Or, you can donate online at: http://unitedforchange.org/donate/

Published in The Arizona Republic on Jan. 10, 2016
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