Gary Dean Smith
Gary’s family includes his mother, Ardel; brothers, Carl and David; sister, Marilyn; and his Oakhurst Family including Roxie, Tom, Nancy, Barb, Wendy, Arnie, Tracy, and Betsy. He was preceded in death by his father, Carl and his brother Mark.
Gary was born in Denver, and lived in Grand Junction, Salida, and Canon City. He moved into the Oakhurst House in Glenwood Springs in 1995 to be closer to his family.
During his time in Glenwood Springs Gary was active in the community by working in several locations including the Mountain Valley Developmental Services and the Greenhouse, Mountain Market, Glenwood Medical Associates, and the Garfield County Courthouse. His business motto was “Have Shredder, Will Travel”!
Gary was a worldwide traveler who enjoying vacations in Branson, Missouri, Disneyland, Disney World, “The Love Boat,” Mexico, Hawaii and the Bahamas. He was an avid bowler and participated in the Special Olympics.
During his life, Gary’s greatest joy was being at his home in the Oakhurst House. He was greatly supported by his friends at Mountain Valley Developmental Services, Valley View Hospital, and Glenwood Medical Associates. Gary contributed to the lifestyle of the Oakhurst House by his hard work, dedication, and friendship to his roommates.
Above all, Gary was loved by many and will be missed by all.
Donations can be made in lieu of flowers to Mountain Valley Developmental Services, 700 Mt. Sopris Dr., Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 (970-945-2306).
Last Farewell Tuesday Jan. 18, from 9-10a.m., Memorial Service 10-11a.m. both at the Mountain View Church of Glenwood, 2195 County Road 154. Glenwood Springs, CO 81601 (970-945-8328).
Interment will take place Wednesday Jan. 19, 2011 at 2p.m. at Olinger’s Crown Hill Cemetery, 7777 West 29th Avenue, Wheatridge, CO 80033 (303-233-4611).
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