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Frank C. Smith Jr.

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Frank C. SMITH, Jr. Frank C. Smith, Jr., 85, of Bellevue passed away peacefully on March 24, 2010. Frank was born in Washington, D. C. on April 23, 1924. Growing up in Fayetteville, West Virginia and then Washington, D. C. for his high school years, Frank graduated from Central High School in 1940. After a brief time at the University of Maryland, Frank joined the Army in 1942 and served as a second lieutenant in the Corps of Engineers in England during World War II. After the war, Frank finished his education at Yale University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. In 1948 he met and married the love of his life, Marjorie Whitney in a ceremony in Washington, D. C. The first ten years of his career Frank worked as a structural engineer for both the National Bureau of Standards and various commercial firms. In 1956, the Smith family moved to Dallas, Texas where Frank began working for Chance Vought Aircraft, which later became LTV Aerospace. After an 18 year career with LTV, Frank started his own engineering consulting firm and kept his firm active until 2006, when he retired. With new clients in the Pacific Northwest, Frank and Marjorie moved from Dallas to Bellevue in November, 1983. During the last 27 years they've developed many friendships here in the Seattle area, especially among their neighbors at both the Inglebrook subdivision in Bellevue and the Gardens at Town Square retirement home, where they have lived since 2008. Frank is survived by his wifeof 62 years, Marjorie, and their three children: Stuart W. Smith (and his wife Carol) of Poulsbo, Washington, Owen C. Smith of Madison, Alabama and Frank Cannon Smith of Newark, Delaware. Also surviving Mr. Smith are his grandchildren: Matthew W. Smith of North Hollywood, California, Merryn K. Smith of Silverdale, Washington, Margaret Garma of Plano, Texas and Meegan Carreno of Menifee, California. Additionally, Mr. Smith has several surviving great-grandchildren. A consummate engineer, Mr. Smith had a love for life and family. He was an avid reader, teacher, mentor and loyal friend. Frank's intellect and wit will be greatly missed by all. A funeral service with military honors was conducted by Frank's close friend Pastor Bob Jordan at Sunset Hills Memorial Park on March 30, 2010, with interment following there. Contributions in Frank's honor may be made to either St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee or the . Remembrances may be shared at www.sunsethillsfuneralhome.com.
Published in The Seattle Times on Apr. 13, 2010
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