Frank Bradford Smith passed away Jan. 21, 2013. He was born April 26, 1922, to Josephine Martin and Frank B. Smith Sr. in Carlsbad, N.M. He attended Carlsbad High School, UNM-Carlsbad, Barstow College, Barstow, Calif., and UCLA, Los Angeles with a major in business. He served in World War II in the Army Air Corps in Italy and retired as a first sergeant after 30 years in the regular Army and the New Mexico Army National Guard. He retired from the State of New Mexico in 1987 after serving as the NM State Labor and Industrial Commissioner.
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He married his high school sweetheart, Christine Philpot, June 21, 1947. He was a member of the St. John's United Methodist Church of Santa Fe; he was a lifetime member of the BPOE in Carlsbad, the Masons, the VFW, the American Legion, the PERA and AARP where he volunteered for many years.
Frank is survived by his loving wife, Christine; his sister Rose Womack of Truth or Consequences, NM; his sons F. Bradford and wife Kathryn and Chester A. and wife Nona; grandchildren Timothy, Jamie, Rebecca, Frank, Dawn Pamela and 9 great-grandchildren. He is also survived by many other family members and friends.
Frank was a kind, caring and loving man who gave back to his fellow men and the world around him. He was a man of great faith and integrity and loved the Lord. Frank was greatly loved and respected and will be missed.
A public viewing was held from 12:30-1 p.m. Jan. 30, 2013, at Berardinelli's Funeral Home on Louisa Street with funeral services following at 1:30.
Internment with full military honors was held at 3 p.m. at the Santa Fe National Cemetery.
"I have fought the good fight; I have finished the race; I have kept the faith." 2 Timothy 4:7
Arrangements are entrusted to Berardinelli Family Funeral Service, 1399 Luisa St., Santa Fe, NM 87505. (505) 984-8600. Please sign our guestbook for the family at: www.berardinellifuneralhome.com.
Published in Carlsbad Current-Argus on Feb. 6, 2013