In memory of Ralph William “Bill” Smith

6/8/1947 – 11/24/2013

Bill was born in Denver, CO, on June 8, 1947, and died there November 24, 2013, of prostate cancer. He was born to Laura P. and Billie Lee Smith, the first of their three children together and joining Laura’s first child, Victor. He grew up in Fort Collins, CO, and then moved with his family to Rulison, CO, before joining the military. He was stationed in Korea and was part of the Military Police. He took those skills with him when he became first Patrolman and then Lieutenant for the Aspen Police Department in 1973.

In 1976, he was offered by then-City Manager Mick Mahoney the position of Aspen Parks Director, a position in which he served until he and his wife, Susan, moved to Glenwood Springs to start a family and a new business. He and his brothers, Mike and Victor, were partners with him in Smith’s Phillips 66 on the corner where Subway now stands. After that business, he taught himself small and then large appliance repair and started Smitty’s Repair out of the old Mountain Electric building. That morphed into refrigeration, commercial restaurant repair, and then ice making.

Smart and good-natured, curious and passionate, friends with everyone, Smitty was always the first guy to be asked to help solve a problem. He will be missed by all who knew him.

He is survived by his children Sean and China, his ex-wife Susan, his sister Dorothy, brothers Mike and Vic, and their families.

“Nature is the most thrifty thing in the world, she never wastes anything; she undergoes change but there is no annihilation, the essence remains – matter is eternal.” — Horace Binney