Edward Lee Smith III
1937 - 2020
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Lee, beloved husband and best friend of Wendee for more than 61 years, passed away on July 16, 2020 at the age of 82. A California native through and through, he was born at St. Joseph's Hospital in Orange on August 28, 1937. Lee was a true gentleman and admired by those who knew him. His career as a third generation insurance broker in Orange County was hugely rewarding, and Lee always displayed the highest integrity in both his professional and his personal lives. He had a fabulous laugh and a welcoming smile, and when you were in his company, he made you feel special, cherished and so loved. Lee was old school cool 'til the very end, sporting khakis with a belt, plaid shirts, button downs and his signature Ray Bans. He loved baseball (both coaching and watching), his annual Montana fly fishing trips with his family, was privileged to serve in the Army, made famous "Poppy's" tacos, and never met a dog he didn't like. He enjoyed Hawai'i, golf and the desert, and was a proud alumnus of University of Arizona and Alpha Tau Omega (ATO). It seemed as though Lee had nine lives, having survived cancer multiple times starting in 1992. He was grateful for his second chances, and made the most of life, including a recent trip to Africa with Wendee for their 60th wedding anniversary. He is survived by his true love, Wendee, son Matt and his wife Lynn, daughter Amee and her husband Gary Scott, and grandchildren Samantha, Cory, Van, Mac, Fred and Lee. Lee lived a full and very happy life, and we are honored to celebrate the dash between the day he entered this world, and the day he left it. In lieu of donations, please embrace your loved ones! A private, family celebration will be held at a later time.


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Published in Orange County Register on Jul. 26, 2020.
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July 31, 2020
Teresa Corea-Golka
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July 27, 2020
Lee was a radiant, joyful, positive, loving, caring, knowledgeable and helpful. He was steadfast in times of adversity and in times of celebration. He was a true testimony of perseverance and strength, unwavering during his cancer, and you would never know he even had it because he did not claim it. I am sure Lee and his wife encouraged. gave hope and lifted many others in those healthcare waiting rooms while he was going through a storm himself. Lee was a great mentor to those he worked with in the insurance industry. He also knew so much about baseball which was fun! Our company even gave out Lee Smith Awards in honor of Lee and those who reflected his attitude. Lee will always be remembered fondly by me and others who knew and loved him. I feel so sad for those very close to Lee, and I offer my heartfelt sympathy and prayer to them all.
Kathleen
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