Jon Anthony Smith, M.D.
Dr. Jon Anthony Smith, of Carmel, died peacefully at home on Tuesday, March 12, 2013.
Dr. Smith was known as Tony—a result of his duty in Vietnam as a helicopter combat surgeon, where he was awarded the Bronze Star. The battalion commander took Dr. Smith on a helicopter tour to meet the troops, introducing him as "Captain Jon Smith." The common response was: "Where's Pocahontas?" Thereafter and forever Jon became Tony.
Tony Smith was born in 1939 in the family home where his father was also born, on their farm and ranch near Hardtner, KS. The oldest child of Azor Campbell and Fern Lucille (Wiebener) Smith, he grew up in another age - in a small, close-knit town. Always bright and eager to learn, Tony graduated early from Hardtner High School in 1956, studying ahead to finish in three years. There were five students in his graduating class. He went on to the University of Kansas, where he earned his doctorate of medicine, graduating with highest honors in surgery and medicine.
While at K.U., Tony met and married Sally (L'Ecuyer), the mother of their three children, Cassandra Joan (Gary Litvin) Smith, Vivienne L'Ecuyer (Norma) Ming, and Eric Anthony Smith. Tony and Sally moved to California while Tony completed his medical residency at Los Angeles County General Hospital. The two then moved north and settled in the rolling hills west of Salinas. Tony practiced medicine on the Monterey Peninsula for 40 years.
Throughout his life, Tony was a highly respected physician, whose expertise in internal medicine and gastroenterology made him the caregiver to thousands of patients, who also became his friends.
A renaissance man, Tony loved sailing, horseback riding, traveling, hiking with his dogs, and tending his vineyard in Carmel Valley. He also remained close to his roots, regularly visiting the family home in Kansas.
In 1984, Tony met his long-time sweetheart, Karen Hoffman. Later they began to live together in Carmel and did so thereafter.
Tony is survived by Sally Smith; his children, and his grandchildren: twins Sydney and Jacob Litvin, Felix and Athena Ming; his brothers, Kent Paul of Atlanta and Roger Wiley of Las Vegas; and by Karen Hoffman.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations go to the
(http://honor.americanheart.org/goto/Tony_Smith_MD), the Nature Conservancy (https://support.nature.org/site/Donation2?df_id=5561&5561.donation=form1), or the
in Tony's memory.
A celebration of Tony's incredible life will be held at a later date to be announced.
Published in The Salinas Californian from Mar. 16 to Mar. 19, 2013