CHINO VALLEY, Ariz. Lowell Smith, 81, of Chino Valley, Ariz., died of cancer Saturday, Jan. 19, at the VA Hospice in Prescott, Ariz.
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Cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be held at a later date.
Lowell was born in Conrad on July 24, 1931, to Edmond and Lucy Smith. Their family moved to Malta soon after. Lowell graduated from Malta High School and spent four years in the U.S. Navy. In 1956, he married Fay Smith. Together they raised three children. In 1971, he packed up his family and a U-Haul and headed south; the family settled in Cortez, Colo. He built homes until he moved to Truth or Consequences, N.M., in 1982, where he built The Fabric Shop for his wife, which they operated until 1995, when they moved to Williams, Ariz. There they enjoyed the mountain trails until they moved to Chino Valley, where they lived until his death.
Lowell's lifetime spanned five states: Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Arizona. Lowell owned and flew planes, built many homes and a few businesses and was an avid sportsman. Eventually the couple bought a motor home and traveled throughout the western United States, parts of Canada and Mexico to fish and to visit family. He also enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas and Laughlin, where he was known by name at the craps tables.
With his help, his kids grew up to be responsible and successful adults. He was the man to go to if a job needed done or an idea needed to be carried out. He didn't waste any time.
Lowell is survived by his wife, Fay; his children, Tony Smith of Elizabeth, Colo., Karen Carley and husband John of San Antonio, Texas, and Ron Smith and wife Lorraine of Flagstaff, Ariz. Lowell also leaves behind five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and his brothers, Duane and Gary of Billings and Curtis of Georgia.
Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond and Lucy Smith; and his daughter-in-law, Erica Smith.
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Published in Great Falls Tribune on Jan. 25, 2013