Warren LeRoy Smith

August 7, 1944 ~ December 11, 2018 (age 74)

Warren passed away peacefully with his beloved wife at his side on December 11, 2018. 

Warren LeRoy Smith was born in Whitehorse, Yukon on August 7, 1944 to Alex and Alice Smith. Two years later, his family moved to Mayo, Yukon where Warren quickly developed a love for the outdoors and the animals in it.  He especially loved his dogs and his horse, which was a characteristic that he would maintain his entire life.

When Warren was 17 years old, he moved to Nanaimo, B.C. There he got his training and ticket in welding. After qualifying as a welder, Warren then moved to Victoria, B.C. to work in the shipyards. Later, Warren travelled all over B.C. working at pulp mills as they were being set up. As time went on, Warren began to travel across Canada as he was now continuing his craft welding on pipelines. During his time in Victoria, Warren enjoyed racing motorcycles, drag racing cars and also earned his private pilot’s licence.

In 1974, Warren moved to Creston, B.C. Shortly after moving to the Kootenays, Warren was in Castlegar where he met Joanie LaHue who quickly became the love of his life. Warren and Joanie were married in 1976 and remained in Creston where their children, Dale and Crystal were born. Warren continued to travel for work, but was always glad to get home to his family and his farm. Spending time on his tractor made Warren very happy, as did spending time in his workshop.  Warren continued to love dogs, horses and the outdoor life and very much enjoyed hunting. He was a member of the Backcountry Horsemen and went on many rides in the back country with his friends. Warren enjoyed people, but he also prized his private time on the farm and the solitude he found out in the mountains.

He was predeceased by his father and mother and leaves behind to mourn him his wife Joanie; children Dale (AnnDee) and Crystal (Kibwe); grandchildren Paige, Riley, Brooklyn and Ruby; nephews Victor and Kerry (Monique) and their family; and lifelong friends Rick and Annie Faulkner.  Although his body has left this earth, his loving spirit will forever be in the hearts of those who loved him.

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