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OBITUARY: Chad Robert Smith Sr.

Chad Robert Smith Sr., 50, lost his battle to cancer on Friday, January 25, 2013.

Chad was born in Inglewood, California on June 3, 1962 to Gary Robert Smith and Gabrielle Paya Beim Smith. Chad grew up in Vista, California where he played football at Vista High School. He graduated from Vista High School in 1980, and from Feather River College in 1982 with a degree in Forestry. He was married to Dawnda Lynn Smith on June 9, 1989.

Chad and his wife Dawnda were the founders of Smith Crane and Rigging and Summit Crane, and long time residents of the Tahoe area. In his spare time, Chad loved camping, fishing, visiting his vacation home in Mexico, and spending time with his family. He was an avid San Diego Chargers fan; he watched football every chance he got.

Chad is survived by two children, Chad Robert Smith Jr., and Sammi-Jo Smith; his loving wife Dawnda Lynn Smith; his sisters Debbie Smith Mezzetta, Lara Smith Domaszewicz, Janice Packard Schmaltz, Cori Packard Newton, Gabrielle Packard Landingham; and his stepmother Lynn Smith.


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