Luther Collins Smith

Luther Collins Smith of Midvale, Utah, passed away April 3, 2014, at home.

He was the third child, first son, of the late Ed C. Smith and Jessie (Smith)Smith of Sundance, Wyoming.

He was born in Spearfish, South Dakota, March 6, 1925. He attended school at Black Hills College formally known as Spearfish Normal, and also in a country school in the Bear Lodge west of Sundance.

As a young man he owned and operated his own sawmill. March 6, 1944, Luther was drafted into the Navy, went through boot camp at Camp Farragut, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. His rank was S.F. 2-C. He was stationed at Astoria, Oregon, August 14, 1944. One of his ships was the U.S.S. LaPorte. It was decommissioned at Portsmouth Virginia, in 1946. He was discharged in May 1946. Then later in 1946 he enlisted as a Corporal, member of CO E 5th Cal. Reg. He was one of the original troops of First Cal. Div. to land on the southeast coast of Korea. He was wounded September 19, 1981, and was discharged shortly thereafter.

In October 1947 he married Beatrice Maxine Rehder in Casper, Wyoming. They had a son, Calvin Luther Smith.

Luther worked at the refinery at Sinclair, Wyoming, the coal mine and Hanna, Wyoming, and then went to work at Toole Ord. Depot at Salt Lake City, Utah, where he met and married Verona Arline Allemendinger of Murray, Utah. They had three children, Lynn, Shauna and Lori.

Luther was preceded in death by his parents, Ed and Jessie Smith; brothers, Dennis and Richard Smith; sisters, Lorraine Clark and Donna Dinkins; and wives, Beatrice and Verona.

He is survived by his children, Calvin Smith of California; Lynn (Lynnette) Smith of Alaska, Shauna (Tony) Pearce of Washington, Lori (Wayne) Warren of Idaho; three grandsons and one granddaughter; one brother, Vance Smith of Rawlins, Wyoming; two sisters, Emma Reinhold of Buhl, Idaho and Elaine Menjares of Colorado; numerous nieces and nephews.