Glenn 'Short' Smith

Posted: Thursday, May 21, 2009

Longtime Alaskan and Sterling resident Glenn "Short" Smith died Thursday, May 7, 2009, at his home in Sterling. He was 58.

A celebration of life will be held in Moose Pass at a later date. His cremated remains will be scatter in various places around the Kenai Peninsula.

Mr. Smith was born to Garwin and Donna (Onstott) Smith in Seward. He received his GED and furthered his education by attending classes at AVTEC in Seward in welding and general maintenance. He was born on the way to the Seward hospital, raised in Moose Pass, lived in Seward, Kenai, Anchorage and Whittier, then finally made his home in Sterling.

Mr. Smith worked for Dojer LTD in Whittier from 1996 to 1998. After that, he worked for the city of Whittier from 1998 to 1999. In 1999 he moved to Sterling, where he worked for Raven Contractors until 2003. In 2003, he was employed with D&L Construction on the Kenai Peninsula for three years. After construction, he worked for ASRC Alpine, until recently.

He enjoyed cooking and loved to gather everyone together for barbecues.

"Short's was an avid hunter and fisherman with an adventurous spirit. The great outdoors is where he felt most at home. He held an Alaska guides license for 30 years. He was a wonderful storyteller and his life was rich with stories to tell. Short's outgoing personality and generous heart made him want to share with people and in doing so, he left a legacy of adventure for all of us to remember and recall," his family said.

"He loved each and every family member and friend he met along the way in his own special way. Touching each of our hearts and leaving us saddened by our loss, but rich with memories he made and shared with us. He lives on in our memories and the stories we share with others."

Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Frances Lindley and Denise "Darcy" Christenson; and uncle, Richard Onstott.

He is survived by his wife of 11 years, Laurie Smith of Sterling; sons, Robert Smith and his wife, Sherika, of Sterling and Bruce Smith and his wife, Nicole Smith, of Sterling; granddaughters, Britni Burlison and her husband, Mike, of San Diego, Shelby Smith of Sterling and Kayli Smith of Sterling; grandson, Brett Smith of Sterling; stepsons, Michael Sutton of Granite Shoals, Texas, and Dean Sutton and his wife, Patience, of Aspley, Australia; stepdaughters, Crystal Stephens of Seward and Clisy Stephens of Anchorage; nephews, Rick Lindley Jr. of Soldotna and Chris Lindley of Sterling; nieces, Coila Peterson of Anchorage, Tina Christenson of Moose Pass and Jessica Christenson of Anchorage; uncle, Robert Onstott of Anchorage; aunt, Iris Tressler of Kenai; and numerous cousins, great-nephews and -nieces.

Arrangements were made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel in Kenai.

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