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Michael A. Smith…January 19, 1955 – December 10, 2017

 

A Memorial Service for lifelong Las Animas, Colorado resident, Michael Smith will be held at 2pm Friday, December 15, 2017, at the United Methodist Church in Las Animas, Colorado with Pastor Diane Hutson officiating. Inurnment will follow in the Bent/Las Animas Cemetery.

Michael A. Smith passed away on December 10, 2017, at his home in Las Animas at the age of 62. Mike was born on January 19, 1955, in Las Animas, Colorado, to Samuel and Lilly (Coleman) Smith.  He attended Las Animas schools and graduated in 1973.

Mike married Linda Miller on December 23, 1975, in Las Animas and they had four children: Kelly, Amy, Samuel, and Michelle.

Mike was a jack of all trades. He worked as an electrician, foreman at the scientific transplant facility, mechanic, and a farmer.  His favorite jobs were working at the transplant facility, farming, and working at the Smith Ranch.  He enjoyed fishing with Linda at the river, hunting with his brother-in-law, Lyle, playing poker with anyone whose money he could win, tinkering with anything to create his ideas, but more than anything, he enjoyed spending time with his family and friends.

Mike is survived by his wife, Linda Smith of the family home, daughters: Kelly (Cory) Avila of Monte Vista, Amy Deatherage, and Michelle (Junior) Garza all of Las Animas, Colorado. Papa (Mike) has seven grandchildren; four buddies and three pumpkins: Michael, Tyler and Amanda Avila, Alicia and Samuel Deatherage, and Jerome and Tanaya Ethridge.  Mike is also survived by his brother, Jerry Smith of Avondale, numerous brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry (Gail) Miller of Springfield, Lyle (Peggy) Miller of Arizona, Sandra (Keith) Robinson and Roye Fulton all of Kansas, Bob Minturn of Missouri, Terry Miller, Carol Helpingstine, and Cheryl Adkins all of La Junta, Kathy Johnston and Stina Fulton of Las Animas, special family friends, Jeff Smith and Harold Tomlin, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Mike is preceded in death by his parents: Samuel and Lilly Smith, son: Samuel Smith, sisters: Barb Mills, Pat Wright, and Tracy Smith.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society in care of Horber Funeral Chapel, P.O. Box 431, Las Animas, CO 81054.

For more information or to leave online condolences, please visit www.horberfuneralchapel.com.

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