July 21, 1932 ~ September 30, 2012
Charles (Chuck) Vinton Smith, greatly loved husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 30 in Murrieta, California. He was surrounded by his loving wife and family during his last days. Chuck was born on July 21, 1932 in Frankfort, Ohio to Vinton and Bernice Smith. He was an Ohio farm boy who grew up to positively impact the lives of thousands in his positions as Orange County Supervisor (First District), Mayor or Westminster, and founding chairman of the Children and Families Commission of Orange County. He proudly served in the United States Marine Corps from 1950 - 1954, being promoted to Tech Sergeant, and served honorably in the Korean War. He graduated from Ohio State University with a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering and completed some post-graduate work at UCLA. Chuck was employed for 32 years at Rockwell International in Anaheim as an engineer. Chuck was an active member of many Orange County organizations. Hew as a past president of the Westminster Lions Club, a founding member (with his wife, Nancy) of the Westminster Community Theatre, a former member of the Elks and Kiwanis, a life member of the Masons, and an active mem er of Shelter for the Homeless. He also coached basketball, T-Ball, and baseball when his children were young. He had an immense quest for knowledge and a zest for living. Every moment of his life was lived with purpose and the desire to make a difference. He loved reading, traveling, golfing, fishing, and more than anything loved spending time with his family. Chuck married Nancy on April 9, 1960 in Augusta, Maine. He and Nancy enjoyed 52 years of marriage, sharing an amazing life together. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy; daughter Robin Summers (Richard) of Denver, Colorado; son Jeffrey Smith (Shelly) of Murrieta, California; daughter Stacy Munoz (Tony) of Round Rock, Texas; and son, Scott Smith (Kristin) of Gallatin, Tennessee. He is also survived by eleven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren as well as two brothers, Bob Smith (Melanie) of London, Ohio and John Smith (Sally) of Ashville, North Carolina, and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, please consider donations in Chuck's honor to Hope for Healing Hearts. (hopeforhealinghearts.com) A memorial service will be held on Sunday, October 14, at 12 Noon at the Westminster Rose Center, 14140 All American Way, Westminster, CA 92683. A reception will be held at the same location immediately following the service. A private burial ceremony with military honors will be held at Riverside National Cemetery, Riverside, CA on Monday, October 15.
February 27, 1959 ~ June 18, 2011
Charles 'Buck' Henry Smith left this life for the next with Jesus on June 18, 2011 at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Charlie was born February 27, 1959, to Lawrence and Norma Smith in Twentynine Palms, CA. He grew up a military brat as his father was a lifelong soldier. His father instilled that duty in Charlie and he joined the Air Force in 1979. He earned the rank of E4 as a Security Specialist. Charlie earned the black belt in Tae Kwon Do, and was a Dive Master leading scuba diving tours in Mexico.Charlie married Jeanna Price in 2001 and they began their life together moving to Oregon, then to Northern California with their sled dogs. Charlie installed satellite systems for several years. He then went to the COS fire academy graduating at 46 years of age, a great accomplishment. He then went to work for Cal Fire for years. He was an Assistant Chief for the Butte Valley Volunteer Fire Department, and most recently the Dorris Volunteer Fire Department. He was also an EMT on the local ambulance. His greatest achievement in life was serving as an EMT, serving his local community and saving many lives.He opened a gun shop as a gunsmith, but then returned to his true love of teaching EMT classes. For many years, Charlie taught CPR, First Aid, Wilderness First Aid, First Responder, and EMT classes. His legacy will continue on in the lives that are saved by the people he taught.Charlie loved his wife, his family, and his dogs. He loved America. He loved to shoot his guns, and ride his Harley. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.He is survived by his wife of 10 years, Jeanna Smith; his mother Norma Smith; sister Lucy Shaefer (husband Doug); his son Charles Smith (girlfriend Melanie); daughter Summer Smith, father and mother-in-law, Robert and Juanita Price; and sister and brother-in-law, Charity and Alan Hagen.Services will be at England Family Mortuary on Wednesday, June 29 at 10:30am with a 1:00pm graveside service at Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Dorris Volunteer Fire Department, Dorris, CA 96023. Services: 10:30AM at England Family Mortuary on Wednesday, June 29th, 2011 (map/driving directions) Cemetery: Riverside National Cemetery 22495 Van Buren Blvd Riverside, CA 92518 (map/driving directions)