Lowell Anthony Smith

It is with great sadness that the family announces the passing of Lowell Anthony Smith.

Lowell, of Chino Valley, Ariz., passed away on Saturday, Jan. 19, 2013, at the age of 81 after a brief battle with cancer at the VA Hospice in Prescott, Ariz. Cremation has taken place. Funeral services will be held at a later date.

Lowell was born in Conrad, Mont., on July 24, 1931, to Edmond and Lucy Smith. Their family moved to Malta, Mont. soon after. Lowell graduated from Malta High School and spent four years in the Navy. In 1956 he married Fay Smith. Together, Lowell and Fay raised three children. In 1971 he packed up his family and a U-Haul and headed south, and the family settled in Cortez. Lowell built homes until he moved to Truth or Consequence, N.M. in 1982, where he built The Fabric Shop for his wife. They operated the shop until 1995, when they moved to Williams, Ariz. They enjoyed the mountain trails there until they moved to Chino Valley, where they lived until Lowell's death.

Lowell's lifetime spanned five states; Montana, Colorado, New Mexico, Oregon and Arizona. Lowell owned and flew planes, built many homes and a few businesses, and was an avid sportsman. Eventually the couple bought a motor home and traveled throughout the Western United States, including parts of Canada and Mexico, to fish and to visit family. He also enjoyed many trips to Las Vegas and Laughlin, Nev., where he was known by name at the craps tables.

With his help, his kids grew up to be responsible and successful adults. He was the man to go to if a job needed done or an idea needed to be carried out. He didn't waste any time.

Lowell is survived by his wife, Fay; his children, Tony Smith of Elizabeth, Colo., Karen Carley and husband John of San Antonio, Texas, and Ron Smith and wife Lorraine of Flagstaff, Ariz. Lowell also leaves behind five grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and his brothers, Duane and Gary of Billings, Mont., and Curtis of Georgia.

Lowell was preceded in death by his parents, Edmond and Lucy Smith; and by his daughter-in-law, Erica Smith.