”1920 - 2006”


      On October 2, 2006 Jesse Smith went to be with our Lord Jesus Christ.
      Jesse was born on November 9th, 1920 in Grove, Oklahoma. His love of water started out early in his life. After high school Jesse traveled to Panama to work on the canal. Shortly thereafter, he became a police officer in Panama. After being drafted in 1944, he served in the U.S. Navy as a radio teletype operator aboard a naval ship throughout the South Pacific. He served until the end of the war. After his service to the United States, he settled in Santa Maria and drove an oil tanker for Bishop Oil for three years prior to his 36 _ year career with the City of Santa Maria's Water Department. He worked his way up from service crew to the superintendent position for the last 18 years of his career.
      Throughout his entire life, Jesse was an avid fisherman, fishing the waters from California to British Columbia. He especially enjoyed fishing from Port San Luis and Cachuma Lake. Jesse was also a true "Fisher of Men" and very active with the Santa Maria First Assembly of God. Jesse served the Lord in many ways including the church board, school board, Deacon, bus driver, and Sunday school teacher.
      Jesse was preceded in death by his son Jay Dee Smith, brothers Herman, Joe and Roy, sisters Bonnie Hare and Drucella Wolfinbarger.
      He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Dorothy and his sister, Marcella Polete. He is also survived by his son and daughter in law, Johnny and Jeanne Smith from Santa Maria. Grandchildren Danny Smith, Julie Caresio of Santa Maria, Mark Smith, Lori Schmidt and Lisa Risner of southern California. Jesse also had numerous nephews, nieces, and great grandchildren.
      Visitation will be held Thursday, October 5, 2006 from 3:00 to 7:00 pm at Dudley-Hoffman Mortuary. A graveside service will be held Friday, October 6, 2006 at 2:30 pm at Santa Maria Cemetery with Pastor Joe Hunt of the Pacific Christian Center officiating.

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