Francis W. Smith Sargent Major, 77
Deputy Director of Intelligence School Fort Huachuca September 18, 1941-May 20, 2019
SIERRA VISTA —Francis W. Smith, 77 of Sierra Vista died at his daughter’s home surrounded by family on Monday, May 20 after battling cancer.
He was born September 18, 1941, the only son of Francis J. Smith and Margueritte (Glavin) Smith and had lived in Sierra Vista since 1993. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic High School in South Bend, Indiana in 1959. He played football and was recruited to play professional football. He only played one year as a Hoosier due to breaking his leg. He received a Master’s Degree in Business from University of Fitchburg State in Massachusetts.
He retired as a Sergeant Major July, 1, 1979 after serving 24 years in the military. He received several medals, one of which was the purple heart. He served four tours in Vietnam attached to the Special Arm Forces. After retiring he worked for Wang Corporation and spearheaded the security system. He then went back to work as a civilian as an Education/Training Specialist at Fort Devens and when he moved to Sierra Vista in 1993, he had several more promotions within the division several times before retiring in December 2012 as the Deputy Director of the Training Development & Support Directorate. For 53 years, Frank provided dedicated service to our county.
He was a member of the Knights of Columbus for twenty-three years, Our Lady of the Mountains(OLM) Council 10799 as a Fourth Degree Knight and a member of the Saint Francis of Assisi Assembly 2058. He joined the Knights of Columbus on November 8, 1995, competed his Formation & Knighthood Degrees on 25 February 1996 and also completed his fourth degree, which is often known as the Patriotic Degree. He was the Grand Knight of OLM Council 10799 and faithful Navigator of Assembly 2058, a member of the Fourth Degree Honor Guard as well as being appointed as AZ State District Deputy 1 and AZ State Program Manager.
He leaves behind his current wife, Linda and his four children: son Richard W. Smith of Portland, Oregon, three daughters; Reine M. Smith and her husband Richard Mooney of Winchendon, Massachusetts, Sheela M. Smith and her husband David Salter of Ayer, Massachusetts, and Katrina L. Leary and her husband John Leary of Vail, Arizona. He also leaves behind his Russian Blue cat, Razzi.
Frank also has four step children: Wendy Johns of Idaho, Richard Curtis of New York, Cynthia Dezi and Michael Dinallo of Connecticut.
He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren and a daughter- in- law, Gina M. Joyce of Pepperell Massachusetts.
He will be remembered for his love of traveling, history, M&M’s, and taking pictures and dedication to his church. We will miss his quick wit and his generosity. He loved his country and family as he was always there when you needed him. He was good for a real hug and he could always make you laugh.
Frank was predeceased by his former wife Marilyn A. (Guentert) Smith whom he married on December 26, 1959 and who passed on March 25, 2002. He was also Predeceased by two sons, Scot F. Smith September 25, 1993 and Carl J. Smith on September 15, 1999.
Family would like to thank Dr. Di Simone, Jonlynn McGettigan and Arizona Oncology staff for the care they have provided to Frank throughout his illness.
Family and friends are asked to meet on Saturday, May 25, 2019 at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church, 1425 Yaqui Street to Celebrate the Liturgy of Christian Burial for Francis at 10 AM. Rites of Committal with Military Honors will follow in Mother Teresa Columbarium.
In Lieu of flowers, Francis’ family requests that memorial donations in his memory may be made to either to Our Lady of The Mountain Catholic Church or the Knights of Columbus Council 10799.
Hatfield Funeral Home, Sierra Vista is entrusted with the arrangements.