Jonathan Smith
1976 - 2021
BORN
1976
DIED
2021
Jonathan Kaighn Smith
June 15, 1976 - April 9, 2021
Jonathan Smith passed away unexpectedly on April 9, at the age of 44. He was raised in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He attended The Hill School and Colgate University. After graduating college with a degree in Latin American Studies, he moved to San Francisco to begin his music career as a singer and guitar player. For several years, he toured both locally and internationally with his indie rock band The Hundred Days. Despite being shy in person, Jonathan had an unforgettable stage presence. Later on, he found a rewarding career as a psychotherapist in the East Bay where he also resided.

Jonathan was preceded in death by his sister, Alexis Smith. He was a loving husband to Sarah Rainer and an adoring father to his young son Alden Smith. He is survived by his parents, Stephen and Ruth Smith, brother Tyler Smith, his three niece sidekicks Serena, Arianna and Daisy Gomez, as well as numerous friends, extended family members, and creative collaborators.

In addition to being a devoted musician, Jonathan loved travel, hiking, making people laugh, photography, running steep trails, imagining screenplay and story ideas, his menagerie of pets and, above all else, spending time with his family.

Jonathan will be deeply missed by those he touched. A celebration of life service will be held on April 17 at 11:30 in the Swedenborgian Church of San Francisco's garden.

In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes donations in his name to National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).


Published by San Francisco Chronicle from Apr. 14 to Apr. 15, 2021.
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I will never forget his solo at Moravian Academy’s Christmas Love feast . Morning Star. My deepest condolences to his family. Denise Sandy
Denise Sandy
Friend
May 9, 2021
I am so saddened to learn of Jonathan’s unexpected passing...Please know that my company will make a donation in his honor to support mental illness, as suggested.
I knew Jonathan, or “Von Bismark” per his stage name, because we attended The Hill School a few years apart...In fact, it wasn’t until his brother, Tyler —my dear friend/same year at Hill— invited me to join him for one of Jonathan’s NYC performances, that I truly got to meet Jonathan, witness his talent and learn his goals as a musician first-hand. You couldn’t miss him on any stage when he sang as the lead singer and guitar player in The Hundred Days during that time. Their sound was awesome — I was then, and forever will be, a huge fan of Jonathan’s voice and their collective talent as a group.
I cannot say enough nice things about Jonathan and his family - each extremely humble, loving, fun and talented ...anyone who has had the chance to be in their presence, and especially share friendship with them for an extended period of time, knows how blessed they are to have met any of the members of this family.
When I listen to The Hundred Days song “Hey”, I reflect on Jonathan’s words “Hey, hey kiddo...I’m always fight’n for you...” That track sticks with me the most. When Jonathan and I last spoke about how social media could help his music career, I remember him sharing some typical Jonathan wit in regard to a future trip to “Cali” that I said we should make happen — Jonathan quickly interrupted me: “Ahhh, you can’t call it Cali, Chip; not until you come to hang with Tyler, me or another California resident for at least 300 times per year and for a consecutive 3 1/2 years...and even then we’ll insist you call it California.”
You will forever be remembered by your fun character, awesome vocals and music, and I’m certain by so much more to so many others who love you, Jonathan. God Bless your soul, may you be at peace. God bless the Smith family - I love you guys; may you all find the light in all of what Jonathan created for us to enjoy during his time here on earth. (Photo c/o Jonathan’s music video)
Lindsey (Chip) Nagy
Friend
May 8, 2021
Joe & Maria Tallarico
April 17, 2021
Jim and Debbie Orben
April 17, 2021
Linda and Bob
April 16, 2021
Jonathan was my therapist for the past two years. I was incredibly lucky to have found him. I shall miss his gentle soul.

Kathleen Collins
Kathleen M Collins
Friend
April 14, 2021
Sarah and Jonathan's family,

I am so sorry for your loss. May your precious memories of him sustain you now and during those dark, sad days!
Liz Adam
Friend
April 14, 2021
Jonathan was one of my best friends in high school. We roomed with each other senior year. I never met someone who made me laugh harder than he did. Although we did keep in touch throughout the years, I wish I made more of an effort to talk with Jon more. What a deep and thoughtful soul he was. I'm so sorry to hear of his passing. My heart aches for his family. May God bless you as each of you continue on in this life.
Lynn Seigh
Friend
April 14, 2021
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