John W. Smith III

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Obituary John W Smith III of Englewood, CO


John was a 2nd generation native born in Denver, CO to John W Smith, Jr and Mary Victoria Gallegos Smith.  He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Patricia Kay Wright Smith, daughter Jana (Dean) Smith-Carr, grandson Scott Carr, Sisters Anita Zimmerman of Centennial, CO and Vikki (Nate) Faudel of Highlands Ranch, CO, and brother Karl (Susene) Smith of Wheatland, WY. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Barbara Jeanne Smith, in 1998.  He is also survived by several nieces and nephews:  Lisa, David, Nathan and Aaron Fraser, Joe and Clark Zimmerman, Kristen, Jason, Sophia, Jonas and Quinn Huddleston, Benjamin John Smith, and Samantha and Jackie Hawkins.  He had a large family in Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Kansas, Missouri, California, Indiana, New York and Arizona who loved him dearly.


John graduated from Mullen High School, Metropolitan State College and University of Denver Law School.  He practiced municipal law for 45 years, was an Associate Judge in Englewood Municipal Court, and served on the Englewood Board of Adjustments for many years.


John loved his family, his Hispanic heritage, traveling, golf, football and was an ever loyal Bronco fan.  He was ever in the pursuit of the best tamale and green chili wherever he went. 


Memorial contributions may be made in honor of John W Smith III to:

The National Kidney Foundation


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  1. Dear Family:  I was so sad to learn about the passing of John.  I worked for John at the law firm of Talmadge, Wallace and Hahn for about 15 years and John will be missed by all who knew him.  May you find comfort in the days and weeks ahead.  Fondly, Eileen Naiman

  2. I met Mr.John Smith when I was a waitress at a little place called
    Pizza Oven back in the 80's..
    John was always a great customer and friend.. He was so intelligent,funny and easy to talk to… He will truly be missed by the many friends he made!!🙏❤️😇

  3. I wish that I was able to attend the services. My condolences go to his family. We have always enjoyed the special times we shared with him at family gatherings.  A lifetime of good memories have been shared with family and Johnny.  He will be missed.  Cousins for life, Mary Catherine Abdulkader

  4. John was a man I admired and respected.   I was deeply saddened when I heard he had passed.  He was wise, witty, a good listener and a great Broncos fan.  My heart goes out to his family members.

  5. My condolences to the whole family of John W. Smith aka jws on Sudoku.   So many of us around the world enjoy playing with him there and chatting with him.  He was funny, kind and an incredibly good player!   We will miss him so very much.   

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