Lifelong Valley resident Thales Haskell Smith, 87, died June 16, 2014 at the Evergreen Nursing Home in Alamosa.
Thales was born in Manassa, Colorado on March 31, 1927 the son of Weir and Annie Haskell Smith. He married Patricia “Tricia” Gilmore on January 4, 1976 in Alamosa.
Thales enlisted in the United States Navy during World War II and after his time in the military, he worked in farming, earthmoving and land leveling. He went into the crop spraying and dusting business, and co-owned and operated the La Jara Dusting Service. He became a farmer and rancher, became the Manager of the La Jara Potato Growers Association and was the Commonwealth Ditch Company Superintendent for a time. Following retirement from farming and ranching, he and his wife, Tricia, moved to Creede where they ran TNT Gravel Products and Wagon Tongue Designs where he designed and created custom jewelry.
His love was family time together, fishing at Santa Maria Reservoir and raising his horses. He also enjoyed RV’ing all about the countryside with Tricia. His special pets meant much to him, especially his beloved “Koko”. He was a lifelong member of the Alamosa Elks Lodge BPOE 1297.
Thales is survived by his wife Patricia “Tricia” Smith of Alamosa; his children Lois (Paul) Widhalm and Jackie (Tim) Scheidegger, both of Alamosa and Ruth Ann (Gordon) Lowe of Orem, Utah; his brother Maurice Smith of Phoenix, AZ; his grandchildren Lori (Gregg) Maul, Kristie (Joe) Reynolds, Brad (Trisha) Widhalm, Justin (Kurt) Scheidegger; Stacie (Chris) Steele, Garrett (Jessica) Lowe, Brooke (Chris) Christley, Ryan Stevens, Stephanie (Bradon) Godfrey, Trevor Stevens; as well as 12 great-grandchildren and numerous extended family and friends.
Thales is preceded in death by his parents, his sister JoAnne Gibson, his brother Ross Kelly Smith and sister-in-law Sylvia Smith.
A Visitation will be held from 9:30-10:45a.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014 followed by a Funeral Service at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, both at the Alamosa Elks Lodge, 406 Hunt Avenue, Alamosa. Interment will follow services in the Alamosa Cemetery. Contributions are suggested to either Hospice del Valle or to the Charity of the Donor’s Choice in care of the funeral home office.