Adlai Hale Smith

Escondido, California

1957 - 2020


Escondido, California


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Adlai Hale Smith September 28, 1957 - October 30, 2020 Escondido Adlai Hale Smith, 63, of Escondido, California, passed away surrounded by enormous love at his home on October 30, 2020. His soulmate-wife was by his side. He endured almost 3 years of challenging cancer treatments. Adlai was born...

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Remember being at our Grandparent's (Adlai's wife Cathy is my sister) farm in Pennsylvania. There was a pristine starry sky. The look on Adlai's face was amazing, as you can see wheels turning, as he gazed into the beauty of God's Light Show.
Watching his amazing mind in action, while experiencing his kind and gentle demeanor, will always be a treasured memory.
So thankful to God for bringing Adai into my Sister Cathy's life.

Working with Adlai at Litel was both a joy and incredibly educational. When I came on board with the responsibility of selling some products that he developed, I quickly realize the technology was way beyond my capacity for fully understanding to successfully market and sell. So Adlai and I made numerous trips all over the world, in the US, to Asia and Europe where he did the heavy lifting of explaining to customers how the products worked while I took care of the easy stuff, like setting...

Adlai and I became friends at Commodore Sloat Elementary School. We used to hang out at his house after school, either upstairs in his room or out in his extended backyard. We lost touch when we ended up going to different Middle Schools. I would always keep an eye for him when I would venture over to West Portal, hoping to see him. He was always generous and his house was always warm and welcoming. May his memory bring comfort to his friends and family.

Condolences and prayers to the Arlo Smith family on the loss of your beloved son and brother and devoted husband.

Adlai was a good friend and climbing partner in the mid '70's. In addition to climbing in the Sierra Nevada we also climbed the big volcanic peaks of the Pacific Northwest. Of course I knew he was a brilliant thinker but it was his sensitive and gentle nature that made him endearing. He was also a tough and reliable partner on a climb or on the road. I treasure his memory.

Just heard about this yesterday from a fellow classmate and neighbor here in San Francisco (Brian Garcia). I remember Adlai and his great sense of humor and attending a birthday party at his childhood home in the city. Though I hadn't seen him since Commodore Sloat days I was saddened to hear of his passing. My best to the family.

We were classmates and pals at Commodore Sloat, second grade through sixth grade. My mom made my lunch everyday; Adlai, as I recall, was usually given money for lunch in the cafeteria. Some days, I traded him my lunch for his lunch money, because I wanted to eat the cafeteria food, and he developed a fondness for my salami and cheese sandwiches. RIP, dear classmate- we will meet again.

Adlai has been a part of our lives or over 30 years. We have so many memories of him from being a groomsman in our wedding to playing horse shoes in his back yard with a good glass of wine. I have a huge hole in my heart right now but I also feel grateful that he enriched our lives so much. Cathy we love you and know that Adlai will always be with us as continue to enjoy and cherish our friendship.

I was so Saddened to hear of Adlai’s passing, on Friday. This is such a hard time for you Cathy. My heart and prayers are with you. He couldn’t have had a better angel than you, to care for him thru this time. You will be together again someday. Have comfort, in knowIng, he’s in good hands.