DENNIS WAYNE SMITCH
March 10, 1948 – November 20, 2007
Dennis Wayne Smitch passed away November 20, 2007 at home with his son Justin Smitch 28 years, wife of 33 years Donna Smitch & mother in law Betty Packard at his side. Dennis was 59 and enjoying life to the fullest prior this fight with cancer. He was born to Colin & Barbara Smitch in Grand Junction, CO. Dennis Graduated from Mohave County High School in 1966 in Kingman, AZ.
Dennis was a blade operator for the last 18 years for Miller Blade Company in Southern California and was working the day before he was diagnosed with esophageal cancer on August 22, 2007.
In 2003 Dennis finally got his Harley Davidson Road King Classic, going on every trip he could make time for. His latest and greatest trip was riding his bike from Mission Viejo, CA to Bell Fourche, SD, meeting with friends & his son for their ride through Glacier National Park and over Beartooth Pass then back to Sturgis, SD.
He was a member of the Elks Lodge of Glenwood Springs for 36 years, The Loyal Order of Moose for 36 years, and The Operating Engineers for a total of 42 years.
He is also survived by his sister Cheryl Ann Lumbardy of Grand Junction, Colorado, niece Charlene Charles June of Swansea, Illinois, & niece Colene Chris Rowland of Grand Junction, Colorado.
Visitation will be held at O’Connor Mortuary in Laguna Hills, CA, Saturday, December 1, 2007 from 3:00 to 5:00PM. Memorial Service will be held at Phoenix Memorial Park & Mortuary in Phoenix, AZ Friday, December 7, 2007 at 10:00AM. Interment will be at National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona at 1:00PM in Phoenix, AZ.