Earl C. Smith took his final breath on December 9, 2020 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Nampa, Idaho due Covid-19 and other health related issues.
Earl was born on October 20, 1941 in Denver, Colorado where he was adopted by his loving parents Earl and Bonnie Smith. He spent his childhood in Marsing, Idaho and relocated to Yucaipa, California during his teenage years. He graduated from Redlands High School in 1958 and enlisted in the United States Air Force. During this time, Earl met the women whom he would spend the rest of his life with. He and Daylene married in December of 1961 and just one year later welcomed their first child, Tamera. While Earl started a family, he also started a career in Law Enforcement at the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department where he would serve and protect his community for many years. In 1973 the family relocated to Hemet, California and a year later Daylene gave birth to their son Christopher. After retirement in 1990, Earl enjoyed volunteering for the American Volunteer Reserves where he performed military services for Veterans that were laid to rest at the Riverside National Cemetery. In the year 2000, Earl and Daylene graciously took on parenthood once again, when they adopted their newborn grandson Noah. In 2004, after Daylene’s retirement, the 3 of them relocated to Nampa, Idaho where they could be close to their grandchildren and raise Noah out of the cities of California. Earl continued volunteering his time to his community and you could find him almost every morning at The Ranch drinking his morning coffee and chatting with old buddies and new friends. He often spent his days with Chris and Noah reeling in bass at Caldwell Ponds or at home reading the newest military or western novel. After Daylene’s passing in 2018, Earl was diagnosed with prostate cancer and shortly after Parkinson’s disease. After kicking the cancer, Earl made the decision to move into Grace Assisted Living in Caldwell, ID. He enjoyed his last couple years there socializing with new friends and chatting up the staff any chance he got. Earl was a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather and was dedicated to his family and to his community. His memory will be cherished by those that loved him for many years.
Earl is survived by his two children Tami (Mark) Alderman and Christopher Smith, his five grandchildren Jillene Taylor-Berling, Eric (Tara) Gervais, Danielle (Lance) Wilson, Noah (Chloe) Smith and LillyAnn Smith and his eight great grandchildren Ashley, Aspen, Kaden, Ryder, Peytyn, Dehaven, Avery and Killian.
He is reunited in death with his loving wife Daylene, his mother Bonnie and his father Earl Sr.
At Earl and Daylene’s request, their family will be gathering in the High Sierra Mountains in La Porte, California. There, they will scatter Earl and Daylene’s ashes together at Slate Creek, a special place where the family made many happy memories together. We will not be having a formal service for Earl at this time, but we ask that you take a moment and think back on your memories with him and lift a glass in his memory.
Our family would like to personally thank the staff at Grace Assisted Living for the love and care you showed him these last couple years, especially the last few months during the Covid shutdown. We would also like to thank the nurses and doctors at St. Luke’s Nampa for the care and compassion you gave him and our family.
Please send condolences to the Smith Family at 17628 Silk Ave. Nampa, ID 83687
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