Gary Joe Smith of Durango, Colorado passed away October 12th, 2019 in Mesa, Arizona. Gary was born in Dayton, Ohio on November 25th, 1936, he was 82 years old.
Gary was an avid golfer, skier and football player in high school. He loved his sports. Gary was also a member of the Durango,CO. BPOE Elks Lodge #507 where he also bar tended for a few years. Gary was the manager/coach of the Dayton Chargers girls softball team in Dayton Ohio. He was inducted into the Girls Softball Manager Hall of fame in Dayton, Ohio. His award is displayed in the downtown Dayton, Ohio convention center.
He worked for Delco Moraine NDH for 36 years and retired in 1991 as a procurement analyst. We then moved to Durango, Colorado, a little piece of paradise for us. In 2004 we purchased a winter home in Mesa, AZ. and Gary received the specialized health care he required. We met many new friends especially our wonderful Canadian buddies.
Gary attended Sinclair Community College and graduated with a Bachelor business degree in 1979. That is where Gary met his future wife Connie Damron. We were married in 1988 for 31 years. We have been together for a total of 40 years. Gary was a very honorable man and he loved to tell a good joke as well as give one. He was my rock and I was his as well, I will miss him the rest of my life.
Gary is preceded in death by his Father, Fred Eugene Smith, his Mother, Pauline E. (Bottorff) Smith and his Daughter, Kelly Smith.
He is survived by his wife, Connie Damron-Smith of Durango, CO. and his Daughter, Vicky J. Smith of Coconut Creek, FL.
We are planning a ‘Celebration of Life’ for Gary in mid 2020 in Durango, CO. At that time we will post Gary’s obituary in the Durango Herald newspaper as well as the details of the time and location.
The family would like to thank all of the wonderful people who kept Gary in prayer, supported us, helped us and encouraged us through this difficult time