2014-07-03 / Obituaries

Clifford “Smitty” Smith

Clifford “Smitty” Smith was born in Fresno on Oct. 31, 1918 and died on June 26, 2014 in Union City, Calif.

He was a resident of Mariposa for 40-plus years before moving to the Masonic retirement home in Union City. He retired from PG&E as a line foreman working in Fresno and Merced before transferring to Mariposa in 1957. The family was thrilled to move to its dream location.

Smitty was very active in the community. He was a member of a three-parent committee that established the monthly teen dances held at the American Legion Hall for several years in the late 1950s and early 1960s and was one of the chaperones each month along with his wife, Frances. He also played Santa Claus for years at the community party for the children of Mariposa. He supported activities at the high school even after his children graduated.

Clifford was one of the first presidents of the John C. Fremont Foundation and was dedicated to supporting the organization and the Ewing Wing. He was chairman of the committee that built the first helicopter landing pad at the hospital.

He was a 52-year member of the Mariposa Masonic Lodge serving in all the offices and committees. He served as inspector for the 411th district for 10 years and received the Hiram Award in 1982 for outstanding service to the organization. He was chairman of the committee that built the Masonic Chapel at the Mariposa Cemetery. In 1995, he became the Masonic funeral chairman and conducted funeral services up until he moved to the Masonic retirement home in Union City. He was also a member of the Fresno Scottish Rite and received the Knights Commander Court of Honor.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy stationed in the Philippines. He was a member of the local VFW and was known for his beerock dinners he served yearly at their meetings and for many years of volunteering at the beer booths at the Mariposa County Fair.

Smitty was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Frances, his second wife, Ruth Walton, his son Clifford J. “Jim” Smith, his sister Wilma Plant and his niece JoAnn Pierson.

He is survived by his daughter Barbara Gann Schouten of Mariposa and his grandchildren Kyle (Stacey) Gann of Bakersfield, C. Jeffrey Smith of Sierra Vista, Ariz., Karla (Jason) Montgomery of Templeton, Calif. and Steven (Jill) Smith of Paso Robles, Calif. He is also survived by six great-grandchildren, including Bryan and Allison Smith, Kaleb and Kenna Montgomery and Owen and Nolan Smith.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 20 at the Masonic Lodge in Mariposa.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Mariposa Methodist Church, the John C. Fremont Hospital Foundation, the Masonic retirement home in Union City or to a charity of the giver’s choice.

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