2014-03-20 / Obituaries

Clifford James “Jim” Smith

Clifford James “Jim” Smith, 72, passed away peacefully on Feb. 8, 2014, surrounded by his family at his home in San Miguel.

Jim was born on Sept. 11, 1941 to Clifford R. and Frances Smith in Fresno. He attended grade school in Fresno and graduated from Mariposa County High School in 1959.

Jim served three years in the U.S. Navy as a weather specialist. After his discharge, Jim returned to Fresno and followed in the family tradition and worked for PG&E.

While continuing to work for PG&E, Jim continued his higher education and graduated in 1970 with a B.A. in political science from San Jose State University, and received a Certificate in Management and Supervision from Mission College in Santa Clara in 1979.

In addition to his career, Jim served on numerous boards, including the North County Advisory Committee, Atascadero Colony Days Committee, Morros Advisory Committee, North County Womens’ Shelter Board, SLO County Parks Commission and SLO County Planning Commission.

In 1994, he retired from PG&E, where he had risen to the position of public affairs representative.

In retirement, Jim went to work for the County of San Luis Obispo and served eight years as the legislative assistant to the county’s District 1 Supervisor, Harry Ovitt.

Despite Jim’s many accomplishments, he would say he was most proud of his family. Jim has three children—all who share a sense of deep gratitude for their dad, who instilled in them the importance of always doing their very best, living with openness and understanding towards others and maintaining a sense of honesty, integrity and fairness, while enjoying life.

Left to cherish his memory are his three children, C. Jeffrey Smith, Karlie Montgomery (Jason), and Steven Smith (Jill). His loving grandchildren include Bryan Smith, Allison Smith, Kaleb Montgomery, Kenna Montgomery, Owen Smith and Nolan Smith. He is also survived by his father Clifford “Smitty” Smith, formerly of Mariposa, and his sister Barbara Schouten of Mariposa. He was preceded in death by his mother Frances Smith.

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