Canaro C. Smith Jr.
Dec 17, 1935 - May 22, 2015
Canaro C. Smith Jr.
I was born on December 17, 1935 in Chouteau, OK. I was the youngest of five children born to Canaro and Electa Smith. My four older siblings- the twins, Marion and Marvin, and my sisters Lenora and Naomi- and I lived with our parents in Oklahoma until 1942 when we moved to Ceres, CA to be near family. I sure did miss the creek we used to play in, but the farm where we lived was a great place to grow up.
After a time, we moved into town. At 13, I accepted Jesus as my personal savior and was baptized. I attended the local schools and graduated from Ceres High School in 1953. Sports came easy to me and I lettered in track, football, and basketball. After attending Modesto Junior College part-time for two years and working full-time as a printing pressman, I joined the United States Marines. As a Helicopter Mechanic, I served aboard the first LPH5 Helicopter Carrier, the Princeton, and cruised the Pacific. I rose to the rank of Corporal E4 and received a medal for Expert Rifleman. After my Honorable Discharge in 1960, I moved to Sacramento, CA and met the love of my life.
After meeting and dating for several months, Sharon and I married on February 24, 1962. We bought a house in Sacramento and raised three beautiful children, Jason, David, and Danielle. While working for the State Office of Printing I returned to school for my Associates Degree in Industrial Management. After 28 years, I retired from the State and focused on my wife, grandchildren, and a few hobbies I had developed over the years. Sharon has shown the patience of a saint over the years with my golf, organizational memberships, and coin collecting. I made a really good choice when I asked her to marry me. We had 53 incredible years together. Those years were filled with wonderful memories. Watching my boys play pee-wee baseball, my beautiful daughter on the swim team, all three on the soccer team. Over the years the whole clan would get together for family reunions, but as years went by, there were less and less people to attend.
Sharon and I went to Hawaii several times for vacation, and I went a couple more times with my golf buddies to play the world class courses there. I marshalled several tournaments for the LPGA and the Seniors, and played in the SIRS (Seniors in Retirement) Golf Tournaments. I started playing golf in 1973 and got my first, and only, hole-in-one in 2005 at Rio La Paz. Better late than never, right? Over the years I had memberships in several golf clubs, the OSP, General Services, SIRS #107, and ELKS # 6. While I was a member of the ELKS I volunteered for the Sunday morning breakfast and the Preventative Maintenance Crew. Those guys are some of the best people I ever had the pleasure of knowing.
As I got older and started having health problems, I decided to re-direct my life and returned to the Church. I attended regularly with my beloved wife, until my health issues kept me away. My wife orchestrated my care, and with the help of family, and the wonderful people at Mercy Hospice, I was able to remain at home. I was at peace and ready to see my family and friends that had gone before me.
I lived my life well, full of humor and love of family and friends, I will watch over my wife, Sharon, my children, Jason, David and Danielle, my grandchildren, Katherine, Joshua, Isabella, Jonathan, Christian and Phoebe.
When I must leave you for a little while,
Please do not grieve and shed wild tears
And hug your sorrow
To you through the years,
But start out bravely
With a gallant smile
And for my sake and in my name
Live on and do all the things the same,
Feed not your loneliness on empty days,
But fill each waking hour in useful ways,
Reach out your hand in comfort and in cheer,
And I in turn will comfort you
And hold you near;
And never, never be afraid to die,
For I am waiting for you in the sky!
Helen Steiner Rice
The Smith Family would like to thank everyone for your sympathy, love, prayers, and support.
May God continue to Bless Us All
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Mercy Hospice, Elks Lodge #6, or El Camino Baptist Church.
Officiated by Pastor Bill Grant, with contributions by
Associate Pastor Scott McCann and Pastor Fred Lampley
Interment immediately following
Reception to follow- 4:00 pm at El Camino Baptist
2805 El Camino Ave. Sacramento 95821
Please come share your favorite “Smitty”, “Mike”, “Junior” memories
You are welcome to bring a dish to share.
East Lawn Mortuary
5757 Greenback Lane