Chad L. Smith, Born January 5, 1973, Died January 12, 2013 at the age of 40. Chad was born in Riverside, California.
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At the age of six years he and his Mother Tina and Stepfather Terry moved to Bartlesville, Oklahoma in 1979.
Chad attended school from 1st grade through 12th graduating from Bartlesville High School in 1991. During his young life he played soccer several years with the Green Country Soccer Assoc. He played the violin in the school orchestra. He was on the Who's Who of Young Americans. He was very active in Scouting starting as a Cub Scout and achieving his Eagle Scout. He was also an Advisor with Cherokee Council of Scouting.
After graduating H.S. he attended OU and belonged to Sigma Nu fraternity. He then joined the US Navy and after the Navy returned to Bartlesville. In 1999 he graduated CLEET Police Academy and went to work for the Nowata Sheriff Dept then transferred to Nowata PD. After a few years with the PD he went to work for Jane Phillips Medical Center as Security Officer. In 2007 he applied with the Federal Government to become a US Customs Officer. In 2008 he was accepted as a US Customs Officer Homeland Security after extensive training he graduated from the Academy at which time he was stationed at George Bush International Airport Houston Texas.
Chad made his home in Spring, Texas a suburb of Houston at the time of his passing.
Chad is survived by his mother Dorothy (Tina) Switzer; his Dad Terry Switzer of Collinsville, Ok; a daughter Skyler; two step sisters, Heather Petty and her husband Richard of Rancho Cucamonga, California; Trista Guetig and her husband Kevin of Long Beach, California; Grandmother Eileen Switzer of Bartlesville, Ok; Great Uncle Lenard Ames and wife Norma of Dewey, Ok; many cousins, aunts in Bartlesville, Tulsa, Oklahoma and in California.
Chad was the Grandson of Chester and Dorothy Ames of Bartlesville who they loved him so and he has joined them to celebrate the everlasting life.
A memorial service will be held at Trinity Baptist Church, 15th & Oak Street, Bartlesville, Oklahoma on February 9, 2013 at 11 A.M. Reverend Ed Gordon will officiate.
In lieu of flowers donations to the American Diabetes Assoc would be appreciated.
Friends who wish may sign the online guest book and leave condolences at www.stumpff.org.
Published in Examiner-Enterprise from Feb. 3 to Mar. 3, 2013