James Maurice Smith

Born: Tue., Feb. 24, 1931
Died: Tue., Jul. 22, 2014


Memorial Service

7:00 PM Sun., Jul. 27, 2014
Location: Burns Christian Church


Visitation

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Tue., Jul. 29, 2014
Location: LaFollette's Chapel


Graveside Service

9:00 AM Wed., Jul. 30, 2014
Location: Burns Cemetery


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James Maurice Smith was born in Chehalis, Washington on February 24, 1931 to Maurice James Smith and Clara (Taylor) Smith.  His parents lived their whole lives in the small town of Chehalis.  His dad was a railroad engineer, carrying lumber down from the mountains, and his mother was a faithful wife, mother of 4 boys and kept a beautiful large garden even to the very end of her life.
Jim went to school in Chehalis and then attended Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon.  There he met his first wife, LaDonna Mariam Ross.  Being very tall, he played basketball, got his degree in Theology and married LaDonna on June 14, 1953 in Hood River, Oregon by her father, the reverend Donald Ross.  Feeling the need for discipline in his life, he enlisted into the Air Force on October 5, 1955.
Jim and LaDonna were first stationed in Tyndall AFB, Florida where they had two sons, Michael on March 29, 1957 and David (Mark) on December 13, 1959.  He was then stationed in Greenland for a year while his family lived in Chehalis and had their third son, John, on April 17, 1961.  In 1961 they moved and were stationed in Colorado Springs, Colorado for two years.  In 1963, they moved to Alva, Oklahoma where Jim was in the reserves, completed his seminary studies at Phillips University in Enid, Oklahoma and was the youth pastor at the First Christian Church.
In 1965, they moved to Hoxie, Kansas – their things carried in wheat trucks with the help of the farmers there.  In this small town Jim pastored his first church (First Christian Church) for 10 years.  He faithfully labored there in the church, drove school bus, raised his family and was well loved and respected by the community.
In 1975, their oldest son, Michael, attend Northwest Christian College in Eugene, Oregon.  In a desire to be closer to their family in Washington and Oregon, Jim and LaDonna moved again to a small town, Burns, Oregon, where Jim pastored his second church (Burns Christian Church).  (David) Mark and John completed high school there and moved away as Jim and LaDonna continued to serve the community and church there.
After her third bout with cancer, Jim’s first wife, LaDonna, passed away in Burns, Oregon on December 16, 1997.
In 1998, while still ministering in Burns to Son Rise Christian Church, Jim was introduced to Margaret Gard of Colorado Springs.  They were married on June 28, 1998 in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado.  After Jim retired, the Smiths moved to Springville, CA for one year.  They were active in the Lindsay Christian Church, Lindsay, CA.  They then purchased a home in Strathmore.  Jim took a position as pastor of the Community Church in Camp Nelson, CA. for a few months.  After retiring once again in 2005 the Smiths moved to Delta, CO.  The family enjoyed the fellowship of Delta Christian Church.
In 2010 a move was made to Canon City, CO to be close to family.  For a short while he led Bible Study for a small group and a Sunday afternoon Bible Study at Canon Lodge Nursing Home.  Jim and his wife Margaret were members of Grandview Christian Church
Jim died peacefully at home in Canon City, Colorado, surrounded by family, at the close of the day on July 22, 2014.
Jim was a faithful pastor, a faithful husband and a faithful father.  He had a quiet sense of humor and to the end of his days thought of the needs of others before himself.  He is survived by his wife, Margaret Gard Smith in Canon City, Colorado and 8 step children:  Gail Gard living at home, Tiffany Gard in Canon City, Patrick Gard (& Susan) of Cedar, MN, Beth Hamilton (Mark) of Canon City, Joyce Whitzel of Burlington, CO & Guy Gard (Rhonda) of Montrose, CO, and extended family, Sherl von Dohren (John) of Omaha, NE and Susie Waldrop of Herrin, Illinois with many family members and friends.  He is also survived by his brother, Chuck Smith, and his three sons, Michael Lawence Smith, Fr. (David) Mark Smith and John Maurice Smith, all now living in Washington and Vancouver, British Columbia with 29 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

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