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Gared Noel Smith


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Gared Noel Smith Obituary
July 8, 1925 - February 28, 2017 Gared "Jerry" Smith passed away peacefully at home on Tuesday, February 28th at the grand age of 91, with his wife Fran and daughters Dalynn and Dovell at his side. He was a member of the Greatest Generation who loved his family, his country and Ronald Reagan (although not always in that order). He was an out of-the-box thinker, a schemer, a planner, and a passionate designer. He was the life of the party, often wearing some crazy outfit to add to the merriment. He was a mentor to his daughters, always setting the bar just out of reach, always supporting them as they jumped to reach it. A child of the Depression, he was frugal but generous, and a wonderful grandfather. A native Californian, Gared was born in Los Angeles on July 8, 1925 to Dale and Marjorie Smith and grew up in Huntington Park. At 17, he dropped out of Huntington Park High School to join the Navy, where he would later earn his high school diploma. He served in the South Pacific during the last year of WW 2 on the U.S.S. Haraden. Gared loved the sea-from a young age his father took his four sons ocean fishing, which no doubt led him, and his three brothers, to enlist in the Navy. After completing his military service, he married Frances Jewel Story and they began their married life in Eugene, Oregon. Gared studied architecture at the University of Oregon where he earned his BS. Fran & he would have celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary on June 20th. They moved back to California after graduation and settled in Whittier, where he began working for the architectural firm of Levanis and Riley. In 1957 the firm moved its office to Newport Beach, designing residential properties as well as the Newporter Inn. Gared also moved his family to Newport, and a few years later opened his own architectural practice which worked with the development company Thoner and Birmingham building garden apartments that set the standard for this property design. Gared was a fierce competitive Lido 14 racer who also logged thousands of ocean miles cruising on one of Fran and his three Por Nadas, traveling as far south as Acapulco, Mexico and as far north as Glacier Bay, Alaska. He spent many a weekend at Whites Cove in Catalina hanging out and exploring with his beloved wife and family, fellow BYC members, and visitors such as John Wayne. He is survived by his wife Frances, daughters Dalynn (Chet) Malek, Dovell (Kip) Marks, and grandchildren Jeff and Brynn Malek. We love you Papa and will miss you every day. A celebration of his life will be held at Balboa Yacht Club on Friday, March 24th at 2:00 pm.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Mar. 11 to Mar. 13, 2017
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