October 1, 1943—October 24, 2017
Joseph Randolph Smith set out for a fishing hole in heaven on October 24, 2017 in Reno, NV after a long courageous battle with heart and kidney disease.
Joe was born October 1, 1943 in Pocatello, ID to Charles Randolph and Eliza Orgill Smith. He grew up in Fort Hall and Pocatello and upon graduating from Blackfoot High he joined the United States Navy in May 1961 and served as 2nd Class PT Boiler Technician honorably discharging in September 1964. After Boot Camp Joe married his high school sweetheart Doris Ward and after the Navy, Joe went to work for Simplot where he retired in January 1999. Joe and Doris raised two wonderful sons, Charles Randolph and Joseph Paul. They had three grandsons, Christopher, Jonathon and James.
Joe’s lovely wife Doris passed away in December, 2002 and in 2004 Joe found love again and made his home in Carlin, NV with an old family friend, Carol Reed, who was also widowed. It was during these years in Carlin that Joseph suffered the devastating losses of both his sons at early ages to heart disease. Carol passed away in 2014.
Joseph was very patriotic and a proud member of the Carlin, NV American Legion W.W. Manning Post 32 where he served as Adjutant for the last 7 years. Joe’s quirky giggle was infectious and he loved being a jokester. His church was the outdoors, often returning to Idaho to hunt or snow machine with his best friends. He was an avid fisherman, enjoyed camping, old country music and sports. Joe was a fun, kind and giving soul and knew no enemies and if you were fortunate enough to know him, you were richly blessed.
Joe is preceded in death by his father and mother Charles and Eliza Smith, wife Doris Smith, sons Paul and Chuck Smith, sisters Shirley (Earl) Young and Bettie Ann Smith, brother, Larry Smith and partner Carol Reed.
Joe is survived by grandsons Christopher, Jonathon and James Smith and daughter-in-law Heidi Smith, sister, Ruth (Darrol) Anderson, brother Charlie Jr. (Chana) Smith; sister-in-law Joyce Smith, Nevada girls Shirley Spencer, Bonnie Spencer, Sandy Marczak, Wendy Samper and many extended family members and friends.
Joseph humbly requested no services however a celebration honoring his life will be planned at a later date. In lieu of flowers please donate in his memory to the American Legion W.W. Manning Post 32, PO Box 338, Carlin, NV 89822, or the charity of your choice.