Kevin Leon Smith, aka Lucky Kev, Oink, Web, Smitty, and Uncle Binky, shuffled off this mortal coil on Sept 17, 2021 at 2:30 PM in his home in Pendleton, OR. His soul is now free and is currently gallivanting about the universe, raising a glass with Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking, reconnecting with Tippy, Alfie and countless beloved pets, or maybe fishing with his dad. The world has suffered a great loss but Ernest Hemingway has gained a partner in crime in the afterlife.
He came into the world on February 3, 1959 (fittingly, the “Day the Music Died”), the son of Herb Smith (deceased) and Diane Smith, (née Nelson). The family moved from Idaho to Pendleton in 1972 where Kevin attended Pendleton High School. An eager traveler and true renaissance man, he lived in Utah, Montana, Arizona, and Washington, working many jobs including cook, nursery clerk, Prowler trailer assembler and sales manager. Always a gifted artist, he moved to San Diego and enrolled at Platt College to hone his skills in graphic design. Upon graduating, he worked for I/D/E/A Graphics and Eastern Oregon College. Ultimately California was not Kevin’s cup of tea, so he returned to Pendleton in 2017, where he felt most at home.
A razor sharp sense of humor, contagious friendliness to everyone he met, and the most well-pressed clothing imaginable, allowed Kevin to amass a large and extremely diverse group of friends wherever he traveled. The love and support he had for his many friends is second only to the love and devotion he showed his family. He is survived by his mom Diane, sisters Kim Mardesich and Kelly Smith, brother-in-laws Mike Mardesich and Mike Moretto, nephews Brian Bisel and Alex Atkins, niece Wave Moretto, and his dearest friends Shelly and Scott McFarlane.
There will be a celebration of a life well-lived in the near future where we will raise a defiant middle finger to cancer. Be advised that a carefully-ironed dress code will be required.
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