Obituary: Earl Smith
Earl “Pinky” Smith, DVM 2/9/1923 – 2/15/2020
Earl “Pinky” Smith, DVM long time Steamboat Springs Veterinarian
Died February 15, 2020. He was 97 years old on Feb. 9th. Born in 1923 the 7th child to Edwin F. Smith and Mamie E Bates Smith in Blanca, CO.
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He is survived by his wife Alex and her extended family. Also son Ken (Nancy) Smith in Pueblo and daughter Susan (Jay) Kemmer in Loveland and numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Predeceased by daughter Judy and son Doug as well as all his brothers and sisters and his first wife Bertha (Bertie) Long Richards and his second wife Kathie Fletcher Smith.
He was a gifted man with many interests. He followed two of his brothers becoming a Veterinarian in 1944. Upon graduation in 1944 at the age of 21 he was commissioned into the army serving 2 years being discharged as a captain. In 1947 he moved to Steamboat Springs with wife Bertha (Bertie) and daughter Judy. So began 45 years of veterinary practice with large and small animals. He was also an inventor and along with Carl Vail and Wilber Rule established a business they named “KaMar” – to produce and sell his “HeatMount Detector” device to detect heat in cows so they could be artificially inseminated at the appropriate time.
He was a gregarious communicator who became instant friends with many strangers. He loved public speaking and was a long time Kiwanian and Toastmaster. He occasionally filled the pulpit at the Methodist church in Steamboat and in Oat Creek as a lay pastor.
He married his third wife, Alex Reuther from Honduras, 25 years ago in 1994. Together they traveled extensively making friends everywhere and they helped raise several grandchildren. He was well loved and will be sorely missed. Memorial service in Grand Junction at a future date.
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