Clarence B. Smith, 96, of Walla Walla passed away Thursday March 26, 2009, while traveling home from Mesa, AZ.
He was born on Oct. 25, 1912 in Welda, Kan. to Harley Benjamin Smith of Portersville, Ohio and Mary Elizabeth Turner of Springhill, Kan. Clarence was the last of his immediate family which consisted of brothers, Loren, Glen and Vern, and one sister, Ethel (Fordyce).
Clarence and his family moved to Sunnyside in 1919.
He married Irene Barnard in Sunnyside in 1933.
Clarence was a butcher in Sunnyside and also delivered fuel oil for Paul Sailor, the Shell distributor in Sunnyside.
Clarence's father H.B. had a business manufacturing asparagus knifes. After H.B. died, Clarence continued the business. While in Sunnyside, Clarence and Irene raised asparagus and chinchillas.
For several years Clarence owned his own airplane and flew out of the Sunnyside Airport. He enjoyed hunting, and both he and Irene enjoyed golfing.
Clarence and Irene moved to Walla Walla in 1952. They lived in two homes, one near the civic swimming pool and the other on Frazier Drive.
They had Smith's Farm Chemical Company and later Smith's Chrome Plating business.
They began wintering in Mesa, Ariz. in 1969.
After Irene passed away in 1990, Clarence married Helen Johnson of Walla Walla in 1991. They lived at the Country Club in the summer and in Mesa in the winter. Helen passed away in 2003.
Clarence continued his summer and winter residences.
Friends and family had a 95th birthday party for Clarence in Walla Walla Senior Center in October 2007.
Clarence enjoyed golf (playing and watching), playing his organ, Mariner baseball, playing pool, having coffee with his buddies, participating in the Shriners in Arizona, Children's home, delivering Meal on Wheels, delivering local Arizona newspapers within his park, and many other interests.
Clarence had no children however; he has many nieces and nephews, and good friends.
Palm Mortuary in Las Vegas, Nevada is in charge of arrangements.