Stanley Smith

  • "Dear Bec, I love..."
    - steph longnecker
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    - Nanci Watkins
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    - Bill Warren
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    - Deb and Dennis Stauffer
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    - Nanette (Schupp) Hickman

Anchorage resident Stan Smith, 62, died May 28, 2008, at Providence Alaska Medical Center after a courageous battle with cancer.
A service will be at 1 p.m. Sunday at First Presbyterian Church, 616 W. 10th Ave. A reception will follow.
Stan, the oldest of three children of George and Elouise Smith, was born Dec. 27, 1945, in Yakima, Wash. In moving to Alaska, he experienced his first trip up the Alaska Highway when he was 20 months old. He grew up on the family's Palmer homestead, ultimately graduating from Palmer High School in 1964. He began serving his community early on, becoming an Eagle Scout at the age of 16.
"Stan met his wife, Bec, during the construction of the trans-Alaska pipeline system, and they enjoyed a happy marriage for nearly 32 years," his family recalled. "Stan and Bec were very devoted to each other and enjoyed their life together to the fullest. They loved to entertain family and friends, travel, or just relax at their cabin on the Kenai River.
"Stan was very dedicated to his family. He was a wonderful husband, father, son, brother, grandfather and uncle, greatly valuing these relationships. Stan's children aptly described him as 'larger than life' and anyone who knew him would agree. He always had novel ideas to motivate his children to do their very best in whatever they were involved in, and many of these ideas are being passed through to his grandchildren.
"Stan was a straight shooter who treated everyone with respect. If you were his friend, you knew it, and he was never afraid to openly express his affection for family and friends. He had a sharp sense of humor and was always making people laugh with his keen observations and playful teasing.
"Stan was instrumental in building the Alaska we all know today. His enthusiasm for building up structures, as well as people, oftentimes led to greater results than were ever imagined. He began working at Spenard Builders Supply (SBS) in the late '70s, eventually becoming vice president of operations. Over the course of his career, he served on numerous community boards, including the Associated General Contractors, the Homebuilders Association, and the Boys and Girls Club. He received the distinguished AGC Hardhat Award, the South Rotary Club Vocational Service Award, state and national recognition from Ducks Unlimited, and a multitude of other awards and recognitions for his unselfish support to innumerable civic and community programs.
"With his loving partner Bec, Stan was able to succeed both professionally and personally. He was an incredibly generous individual, actively participating in many charity auctions and encouraging other attendees to open their wallets as well. Stan established the Wayne Bradison Memorial golf tournament in Anchorage as well as the Kenai River fishing tournament in Soldotna to honor contractors that supported SBS. The tournament grew from six contractors the first year to more than 500 participants in 2007.
"Stan enjoyed fishing, hunting, snowmachining, NASCAR and, most important, creating opportunities for many Alaskans. As with everything else, he was passionate about his hobbies. Whether fishing at his cabin in Soldotna, completing the 1999 Tesoro Iron Dog snowmachine race as part of Team Viagra, or excelling in a NASCAR driver training program, Stan did everything with fervor."
Stan is survived by his wife, Bec; daughter, Shannon Werner and her husband, Tony, of Longview, Wash.; daughter, Stephanie Longnecker of Longview; and son, Steve Smith of Anchorage; brother, Ron Smith and his wife, Natasha, and their daughter Sasha of Anchorage; sister, Barbara Dooley and her husband Timothy and their daughter Erin of Anchorage; and grandchildren, Cody, Courtney, Kennedy and Kameron Werner, and Eriq and Eian Longnecker, all of Longview.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Stan Smith Opportunity Fund to Fight Cancer, c/o Anchorage Home Builders Association, 8301 Schoon St., Suite 200, Anchorage 99518.
Arrangements were with Janssen's Evergreen Memorial Chapel.
Published in Anchorage Daily News from June 3 to June 7, 2008