Apr 252014

Henry “Smitty” Smith went to be with the Lord, his parents, brother, son and grandson on Saturday, April 19, 2014. Holy rosary will be recited at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 26, at St. Joseph’s Church in Winslow, followed by the celebration of Mass of Christian Burial. Interment will follow at Desert View Cemetery in Winslow.
He was born on March 10, 1941, to Narciso and Virginia Smith.
Henry grew up and attended school in Winslow. He enlisted in the United States Marine Corps when he was a junior in high school. He was a dedicated and hard core Marine. He lived his life full of respect, honor and always faithful to his country and the corps. “Semper Fi until I die!” is what he would say.
He married the love of his life, Herlinda in 1968. They were happily married for 44 years, with five children.
Henry was employed with the Navajo County Road Department for years until he became ill. He took great pride in his work and loved his job.
He was an avid sports fan. Whenever his kids or grandkids played, no matter the sport, he was there to cheer them on, rarely missing a game. He also coached Little League for several years and enjoyed every minute of it. He treated all his players as if they were his own kids.
Henry was also a very religious, faithful man. Before he became ill, Henry was very active in his church, whether it was teaching CCD, being a youth leader, attending searches with the youth, running the cursillo kitchen, where he was well known for his cooking abilities and organizational skills, or attending cursillos himself. He loved being involved with the youth and church community.
Henry was also a great outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting and camping; anything to do with the outdoors, he loved it. He was also a gambling man. He loved the casinos. That was something he shared and loved to do with Linda. Give him a deck of cards, music and good cigar, and he was happy.
Survivors include his wife of 44 years, Herlinda Smith; two daughters, Virginia Lujan and Valerie (Manuel) Huerta; two sons, Adrian (Veronica) Smith and Matthew (Teniel) Smith; his grandchildren, Jami and Jake Hodges, Kylee Sanchez, Anthony, Arianna and AJ Huerta, London Melendez and Jai Walker-Smith, his great-grandchildren, Sean, Melanie and Rosalie Hodges, and Amaiya Huerta; four sisters, Lucy Ono, Virginia Rubi, Tillie Anaya and Bessie Williams; two brothers, Veto and Sammy Smith; and many, many, more loving family.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Narciso and Virginia Smith; his brother, Joe Smith; his son, Henry “Wedo” Smith Jr.; and his grandson, Hunter Walker-Smith.
Greer’s Mortuary of Winslow was in charge of the arrangements.Henry Smith