Carl E. Smith (1957 - 2018)

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Carl E. Smith (Gaines), 61, unexpectedly left us on Tuesday, May 1, 2018.
He was born Feb. 10, 1957 in Belen, N.M.
Carl grew up in Socorro and spent a lot of time in San Acacia, Lemitar, Magdalena and surrounding areas. Carl attended school in Socorro but did not complete high school due to a catastrophic motorcycle accident.
He was told he would never walk again, but with some custom shoes and insoles, Carl led a successful life as a jack-of-all-trades. Carl held various positions as a semi-truck driver, welder, and mechanic.
During the 1990s, Carl even spent time working on the Alaskan Pipeline, among many other jobs.
Carl lived a full life and was on a constant quest for adventure and somehow always beat the odds. Carl eventually settled in Las Vegas and Sapello, N.M., where he raised his children.
Carl worked tirelessly to make a living until becoming disabled in 2011, when he underwent emergency heart surgery and beat his odds for survival yet again. His children joke that he was a man with nine lives - and he used them all.
Carl had an affinity for anything mechanical, if anything wasn't working he would manage to make it work. He enjoyed Western films - especially those featuring Clint Eastwood - as a childhood dream of his was being a cowboy.
Carl took his children on many camping and fishing trips throughout the years. He loved riding on and working on motorcycles.
Carl will forever be remembered as a talented, smart, and charismatic man, who will be deeply missed by those who knew him.
He is preceded in death by his younger brother, Scott Smith, maternal and paternal grandparents and other family members.
He is survived by his parents, Carl Raymond Smith, Betty A. Gaines (Sorrells), and stepfather Bobby Gaines; a brother, Daniel Gaines (Felipa); two sisters, Mary Phillips and Rebecca Becky Smith; his children, Karl Matthew Gaines, Brian K. Lucero (Celeste Lucero), Katrina Renee Gaines and Daniel Scott Gaines; grandchildren: Carlos Lucero, Ryan Lucero, Christian Lucero, Jacob Smith, Christopher Lucero and Anika Lucero and by the mothers of his children, Robyn Digregorio and Marian McAdams.
He is also survived by many loving aunts, uncles, cousins, nephews and nieces. A celebration of life will take place June 16 at Sedillo Park in Socorro, N.M. at 2 p.m. All family and friends are invited to come and celebrate and share stories of Carl's colorful life.
Published in Las Vegas Optic on May 16, 2018
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