John Hunter Smith, 82, of Coeur d’Alene, passed away peacefully at his home on June 10, 2022 with family and friends by his side.
John is survived by his wife, Lucille, of 58 years; son, Phillip Smith (Sally) of Bainbridge Island, WA; daughter, Kathleen Turner of Idaho; two grandchildren (Riley and Cole); sisters, Elizabeth Smith and Jackie Tripodi; brother, Bill Smith; and brother-in-law, Jim Obremski.
John lived in Ben Lomond, California until his retirement in 2002 to Coeur d’Alene, ID. He was a graduate of San Lorenzo Valley High School and Cabrillo College in California. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard from 1962 to 1970. John worked in government defense most of his career. He was a Captain of Ben Lomond Volunteer Fire Department where he served for 36 years.
In his retirement, John was a member of the Panhandle Kiwanis and the Elks Lodge 1254 (Master of the Grill). He was an avid dog lover to his own and neighborhood dogs. As a weather enthusiast, he kept records for the National Weather Service and reported weather conditions to the local news. He pursued his passion for trains with the Evergreen Railroad Modelers in Spokane Valley, WA, running Southern Pacific engines.
A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Remembrances may be made to Companions Animal Center (Kootenai Humane Society) at PO Box 1005, Hayden, ID 83835 or the Evergreen Railroad Modelers at 18213 E Appleway Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99216.