April 4, 1922 - March 12, 2014
Jack E. Smith, beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away peacefully in his sleep on March 12 in Santa Barbara. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years Bernice, children Sheri Parker, Pamela Smith, Susan Cole and Bryan Smith and grandchildren Miles Cole, Allison Cole, Jeffrey Cole, Grant Canova-Parker and Alexa Canova- Parker. Jack camped with his family all over the US, Canada and Mexico every summer, often to the most remote locations. He was an explorer, lover of nature, a talented bonsai practitioner, sports car enthusiast, photographer, golfer, avid reader/news junky, mechanic/ tinkerer, curious lifelong academic with a very sharp wit and sense of humor. Jack was born in Dayton, Ohio and moved to California when he was 10 years old. After high school, he worked for Lockheed Aircraft until WWII when he joined the Army. After basic training, he was sent to Yale University to be trained in dentistry. After the war he continued his education at USC on the GI bill and earned a Bachelor and Masters Degree in Economics. He later earned a PhD in Education from Nova University. After USC he luckily met Bernice Anderson... they were married in 1952. He became a lifelong educator, first as a professor of Economics, then 20 + years in administration, serving as Dean of Instruction at 2 LA Community Colleges. Jack was passionate about the mission of California Junior Colleges, providing opportunity for all people to have access to a higher education. Jack and Bernice retired and moved to Los Osos in 1985 and spent 22 years in SLO. In 2007, after Jack was diagnosed with Alzheimer's, they came to Santa Barbara. They moved to Maravilla Senior Community where they enjoyed quality time with family and friends. Special thanks go out to the caregivers at Maravilla and Abundant Care for their help with Jack in the last several years. In lieu of flowers, in honor of Jack's lifelong commitment to education, gifts may be made to the SBCC Foundation in memory of Jack Smith. A Celebration of Life will be held for family and friends in April.