Frank Allen Smith

Sep 26, 2012 Staff

Frank Allen Smith, of Newport, Wash., died Thursday, Sept. 20, 2012, in Spokane, Wash. His life was extended for many years as a heart transplant recipient. He was 83 years old.

Visitation will be 5 p.m. to 8 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at English Funeral Chapel with funeral services at 11:30 a.m. Friday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1670 N. McGuire Road, Post Falls, Idaho, with burial to follow at Evergreen Cemetery.

He was born May 13, 1929, in Emmett, Idaho, to John Wheaton Smith and Thelma Ann (Stewart) Smith.

He served in the U.S. Marine Corps in World War II and in the Korean War.

On Feb. 16, 1948, he married LaVeta Johnson in Caldwell, Idaho.

He was a brakeman and conductor for the Anchorage Alaska Railroad before it became a state. A long time resident of Post Falls, Idaho, Mr. Smith was a conservation officer and game warden, retiring after 34 years with the Idaho Department of Fish and Game.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith spent the last few years in Riverton, moving recently to Newport, Wash.

He is survived by his wife, LaVeta; son John Franklin Smith of Post Falls, Idaho; daughters Ann and her husband Steven Shoopman of Riverton and Jolene and her husband Farren Walden of Newport, Wash.; brother John Paul Smith of Rexburg, Idaho; 49 grandchildren; and 90-plus great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; step parents; sister Dea Bernetta Prichard; two granddaughters; and a grandson.

The family wishes that any memorials, to help other transplant recipients, be sent to the SHMC Foundation, attn: Joyce Cameron, 101 W. Eighth Ave., Spokane, WA 99204.

Mr. Smith's guest registry can be viewed and signed at

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