Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Robert Fountain Smith

Robert Fountain Smith, 79, passed away peacefully Thursday afternoon, May 13, 2010, in Pocatello, Idaho. He was born March 5, 1931, at Twin Falls, Idaho, to Glen and Alpha Louise Weighall Smith. Robert served in the Army from 1952-1954 as a paratrooper during the Korean Conflict. He was also a member Green Beret Special Forces paratrooper unit from 1952-1960.

He married Mary Lee Bryan in 1955 and moved to Ketchum in 1960, where they later divorced in 1974. While living in Ketchum, Robert worked as a mechanic, a carpenter and a ski lift operator for Sun Valley Co. He taught his children to ski and supported their ski racing dreams along with other adventures they could dream up. 

He married Rose M. Smith on Aug. 31, 1975, and resided in Pocatello. They moved to the Clayton-Sunbeam area where he worked for two different mining operations during the 1980s, then resided in Terreton, Idaho, where he worked at Simmons Equipment until he retired.

Robert enjoyed spending time with his family and building model airplanes from balsa wood, then later teaching his grandchildren or anyone else how to fly. Robert really loved to fly. Robert was a wonderful father and taught his children to never stop dreaming because there is nothing you cannot achieve.

He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a lifetime member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Verle Skidmore Post No. 8893 in the Mud Lake-Terreton area, where he served in several capacities including post commander for several terms.

He is survived by his children, Albert F. (Paula) Smith of Terreton, Ileene (Dave) Wendland of Boise, Robbi (Joe) Maccarillo of Bellevue, Jenny (John) Howard of Thatcher, Ariz., and two sisters, Dorothy Taylor and Jeanie Gardner, both of Mackay. He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Robert was preceded in death by his parents, two brothers, Owen and Roy, and a sister, Doris Pearce.

A memorial service will be held June 4th 10:00 a.m. at the Twin Falls Cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of the Cornelison Funeral Home in Pocatello. Online guest book and condolences are available at

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