Garmond Stanley “Stan” Smith

Smith, Garmond (2)

On September 17, 2014, Garmond Stanley Smith, “Stan,” died in his home at the age of 82, surrounded by his family. Born in Huntington, West Virginia, in 1932 to Chester and Pearl Smith, Stan met the love of his life, Eileen, in a West Virginia University (WVU) math class in 1951. Upon graduation and marriage to Eileen in 1953, Stan was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the U. S. Army and subsequently served in Germany. Following an honorable discharge, Stan and Eileen returned to the United States in 1954, Stan graduated with his Ph.D. in Agricultural Biochemistry with a minor in Nutrition from WVU in 1959. For the next 35 years, Stan enjoyed a distinguished career in teaching and research as a professor at the University of Illinois at Champaign- Urbana and New Mexico State University (NMSU) at Las Cruces, and as a consultant worldwide. He was made a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in 1969. Over the years Stan, both locally and internationally, mentored emerging scientists, collaborated with a wide range of colleagues, and inspired many students. Along with his wife Eileen, he remained a lifelong WVU Mountaineer fan.

Stan’s faith in Jesus Christ was the bedrock of his life. In 1963 he initiated the Christian Campus House, the first of its kind, as a ministry focused on providing Christian support and mentorship to the students at the University of Illinois. He worked at the Christian Campus House as a full time minster from 1965 until his return to academia at NMSU in 1968. Many students he mentored during those short years became life long friends, and the knowledge of their continued faith was a joy and encouragement to him. His service as church elder for Mountain View Christian Church in Las Cruces and on the governing board for the Mimbres Christian Camp are just two of the many capacities in which Stan strived to serve the Lord and his church.

After a happy retirement in Forbes Park, Colorado, where he made many friends, watched many elk, and welcomed many travelers, Stan, along with Eileen, moved to Boise, Idaho. There Stan put down new roots with his daughter Susan and her family, and in a new fellowship of believers at the Linder Road Church of Christ.

Indeed, his true joys were centered in his faith in Christ, his family of Eileen and 6 children, and his forest cabin in Forbes Park, Colorado, where he counted the wildlife daily and recounted his adventures wildly. His children, Stephen (Carla), Kristina (Joel), Amy (Kent), David (Michelle), Susan (Michael), and Dona Beth (Gabby), presented him with 18 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. He loved his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren unconditionally, and their accomplishments were his pride. It was not unusual to find him praying for each child, grandchild, or great-grandchild by name. For them, no one was as brave, as silly, or as safe as “Pap.”

Stan was preceded in death by his parents, Chester and Pearl, and his brothers, David and Thiel. He is survived by his wife, Eileen, his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sisters, Barbara Dunkle and Donna Gretchen Osborn, his brother, Laddie Smith, and many nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers and in honor of Stan’s love of all children, the family would like for all memorials to be given to Children of the Promise, a home for abandoned children in Haiti. Information can be found at childrenofthepromise.org.

7 Comments

  1. Joy Smith Pelfrey on September 29, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Uncle Stan was a beloved uncle. I enjoyed his visits, hearing his stories, listening to him playing his guitar, discussing career experiences and his wonderful Christmas letter. He always included a warm personal letter to me and Dana and never forgot to mention our accomplishments of the previous year. I treasure his book of which he sent me a copy. In addition to my “adult” visits and conversations, I also treasure the childhood memories when his family would visit WV and he would provide an awesome fireworks show for all of the family gathered at Aunt Barbara’s home. Our loss but surely Heaven’s gain!!! We will meet again one day! Condolences to all my Smith cousins and their dear families. Uncle Stan could not have been more proud of each of you! Joy

  2. Gary Williams on September 25, 2014 at 4:01 pm

    Dr. Smith was my undergraduate advisor at NMSU. He continued as a lifelong friend. I was happy to pass on consulting opportunities to him after his retirement for projects only he was qualified to tackle. He was the most enthusiastic individual that I ever knew regarding anything that he believed in. His family was at the top of the list. My condolences to the family. Many of us have now lost another member of our history. He will be sorely missed.

  3. Phyllis (Booten) Perry on September 23, 2014 at 11:33 am

    Stan was a neighbor, growing up in Booten, WV. Was always really nice person. So good to hear that continued through his life.
    Will keep the family in my prayers

  4. Sheila Shepherd on September 21, 2014 at 5:03 pm

    Uncle Stan was a gentle kind man. Always full if knowledge and eager to share with you by history lesson, a story or taking you to historical sites or locations of interest. Always laughing, singing and with one if his cigars. He could play a guitar too!! I never saw hum angry or upset. He loved his family, his work, hunting and exploring.He will be missed.

  5. Bob in Grandview, Missouri on September 21, 2014 at 9:44 am

    I am grateful for the life of Mr. Smith. Thanks to his service and to the service of others in our armed forces, my family and I have been able to lead our lives in freedom and peace.

  6. Nancy Shappell on September 19, 2014 at 12:47 pm

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    A great man, a great example, loved by many.

  7. Nancy Dorsett on September 19, 2014 at 11:01 am

    As much and as many family and friends of Stan Smith grieve for “their loss”, the family and friends in heaven are rejoicing along with Stan in finally being able to go “home”, “…well done good and faithful servant…” Matt 25:21. You all have been in our thoughts and prayers.

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