James "Frank" Smetzer, beloved husband and father, gently passed away Aug. 8. His life was a model of commitment, love and hard work. A humble, kind, and humorous man, he will be remembered by his family and friends for his grin, twinkly blue eyes and extraordinary thoughtfulness. After surviving early bypass surgery at the young age of 40, he became a disciplined swimmer and walker, setting an example of fit living. He was a man of many gifts and sharp intellect, a music teacher in his younger years and an engineer-manager during a 40-year career in Texas and Colorado. As junior warden at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, Frank worked tirelessly on the church building and grounds. Frank is survived by his wife Marylyn, two brothers (Robert and Jack), a son (Doug), daughter (Susan), four grandchildren, and extended family in Texas. A Thanksgiving service for his fruitful life will be held Friday, August 16, 10 AM at St. Michael's Episcopal Church, 7400 Tudor Rd., Colorado Springs. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to either St. Michael's Episcopal Church or Pikes Peak Hospice. The Smetzer family deeply thanks the staff of the Pikes Peak Care and Rehabilitation Center and Pikes Peak Hospice, who cared for Frank and the family with unfailing kindness and professionalism during his last weeks.
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Published in The Gazette on Aug. 14, 2013