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Terry Craig Smith


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Terry Craig Smith Obituary
July 5, 1943 - September 22, 2016 Terry Craig Smith died peacefully on Thursday, September 22, 2016. Terry was born July 5, 1943 in Minneapolis, MN to Philip H. and Gladys (Hazledine) Smith. He grew up in Edina, MN, attended Stanford University (B.A. in Communications, 1965), and did graduate work in photography at the University of Minnesota. Terry raised his children in Mound, MN on Lake Minnetonka with his former wife, Connie Campbell. Terry was a talented writer, photographer, and videographer. As co-founder and creative director of Multimedia in Minneapolis, he produced sales conventions and other events for many large corporations. As co-owner of Go Diving, he led guided scuba diving trips to locations all over the world. In 1995, Terry moved to California to marry his college sweetheart, Karen Phillips. Living first in Claremont and then Pasadena, Terry continued his work as a professional photographer and found a new vocation restoring vintage bungalows. In 2004, he moved to Petaluma, CA to become the editor and publisher of The Petaluma Post, Petaluma's free monthly newspaper. Terry loved that work. He quickly became an integral part of the Petaluma community and was always generous with his time and talents. Through The Post, Terry promoted local arts and community events and encouraged local writers to contribute columns. In each of his many endeavors, Terry developed wonderful friendships which he treasured to the end of his life. In 2009, Terry suffered a stroke. Despite the many health challenges he faced after that, he continued to publish The Petaluma Post for the next seven years -- until its "Goodbye" issue in June 2016. Terry leaves his wife Karen; daughters Amy Cara (Michael Mowry) and Poco Kernsmith; stepchildren Alexander Phillips (Emanuela Neagu), Jennifer Tampoya, and Matthew Miller (Catherine); grandchildren Jivan, Owen, Sahalie, John Connor, Rylan, Gabriel, Isaiah, Montoya, and Grace; brothers-in-law Greg and Brad and their wives, Marcela and Molly. A Celebration of Terry's Life will be held on Saturday, October 15, from 2 to 5 PM at Sunrise of Petaluma, 815 Wood Sorrel Drive in Petaluma. The family has established the Terry C. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund through which an annual scholarship will be awarded to a student who shows talent in photography or writing. In lieu of flowers, donations to the scholarship fund may be sent to: Bank of the West, 20 Petaluma Blvd. South, Petaluma, CA 94952, Attention: Terry C. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Published in the Los Angeles Times from Oct. 1 to Oct. 2, 2016
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