Jeff Smith 67, award-winning journalist
, opinion writer, editorialist, commentator on the passing parade, died on August 5, 2013 at the home he built with his own hands in Patagonia, Arizona. Motorcyclist, black powder shooter, caregiver to horses, burros, and dogs, he is best remembered for his love of his daughter, Liza (Jeff Turman) and his son, Caleb. The son of Hubert Mortimer (Mort) and Pauline Marie Rediker Smith, brother of David Smith, all who predeceased him. Jeff was born in Tucson, AZ. He graduated from Tucson High and the University of Arizona. Over his long and varied journalism career, he wrote for the Arizona Daily Star, the Tucson Citizen, The Tucson Weekly, The Phoenix New Times, and The Desert Leaf. He loved motorcycling and traveled throughout the Southwest with his former wife, Barbara Smith and his many motorcycling friends. An accident 32 years ago left him wheelchair bound but he continued to ride sidecar motorcycles, write, and enjoy his family, friends, and animals. Jeff was always aware of the needs in our community. The family requests that memorial gifts be made to the Patagonia Volunteer Fire Dept., P.O. Box 497 Patagonia, AZ, 85624. A memorial will be held at the gazebo in the Patagonia Town Park at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday August 24, 2013 near the Senior Center at 100 Quiroga Ln. Patagonia, AZ, 85624. Arrangements by ADAIR FUNERAL HOMES, Dodge Chapel, Tucson, AZ.