Lanette Lee Smith Lanette Smith died on February 6, 2013 at her home overlooking Ruedi Reservoir in Basalt, Colorado.|
Lanette was born on June 25, 1941 in Rochester, Minnesota to Dr. Robert and Elizabeth Smith. She grew up in San Francisco and graduated from Katherine Delmar Burke School in 1958. She attended Stanford University where she graduated in 1962.
Lanette lived in Colorado for more than 35 years and was an important member of the Aspen and Basalt communities. She was the kind of person who would drop everything to listen to or help her friends, and she was greatly loved by all who knew her. An accomplished writer, she penned and published travel articles for major magazines.
Lanette had incredible enthusiasm for life and the outdoors. She started hiking in Jackson,Wyoming during college and never stopped. She loved to run, ski, and waterski. She was passionate about preserving the land of the West and was always eager to protest slights against the land and its animals. She participated in many wilderness preservation organizations.
Lanette leaves behind her partner of 30 years, Steve Hilbert.
She also leaves behind her sister and her brother-in-law, Libby and Bruce Hutchinson; her nephews, Derek Hutchinson and Dougal Hutchinson, and Derek's wife, Shannon; her grand-nephew and grand-nieces Dougal, Zinnia, Haley, and Dylan Hutchinson.
More than 200 friends joined in the celebration of Lanette's life on February 13 in Aspen. There were many reminiscences, good music, and lots of love shared by all.
Lanette's family suggests donations in Lanette's memory to the Glen Canyon Institute (glencanyon.org).
Published in San Francisco Chronicle on Feb. 21, 2013