Jack Dwight Smith died on April 5, 2015 in Grass Valley, CA where he has lived since 2012. He was born in Salina, Utah, April 2, 1924, the 6th of 8 children. The family moved to McGill when he was a toddler where he attended McGill Grade and White Pine High School, class of 1942. He met Renee Picollo of McGill and they were married in September 1946.
The young couple moved to Ruth and with brother Chuck, bought the local service station, Ruth Garage, from their uncle T.T. (Ted) Hall. Their two children, Jerry and Christine, were born during their Ruth years.
They moved the business to ‘New Ruth’ in the mid 1950’s and also opened a Chevron service station in East Ely, called Chuck and Jack’s. In 1967, Jack and Renee moved to Ely when they purchased the ‘Slim Olson’ truck stop, service station and fuel distribution business. They operated that business until 1982 when they sold the business to Don Reed and family and retired.
During all of these years, Jack was involved in all sorts of organizations and later in local government. He began working at the Pony Express Days with his uncles in the mid 1940’s and joined the Elks Lodge, BPOE 1469. Jack was Exalted Ruler (President) of the Ely Elks in 1955 and again in 2005, 50 years later. He served two terms as President of the Nevada State Elks Association and also national offices. He has been a member of the Lion’s club, is a charter member of The Renaissance Society, Ely Municipal Utilities Board and a member of the Ely United Methodist Church.
After Renee’s death in 1994, Jack became involved in local politics where he served on the Ely City Council and two terms as mayor. He was preceded in death by his beloved Renee, his parents Charles and Mabel, five sisters and one brother.
Jack is survived by his sister Virginia Tweedy of West Jordan, Utah and brother in law Russell Siders of Reno; children Christine Miller, Jerry (Barbara); grandchildren Laura(Randy Wentworth) Scott (Stacy), Jeffrey, Steven(Brooke); five great-grand children, Caitlyn Rochelle, Bennett Renee, Audrey Pearl, Neva Marie, Michle Ramon and one great-great granddaughter, Kenadie Anne. He also leaves many nieces and nephews.
Services will be Saturday, April 25, 2015 at 2:00PM at the Ely Convention Center, 150 6th St, with Ely Elks Lodge officers presiding; refreshments will follow. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial gifts be made to White Pine County School District, 1135 Ave. C, Ely, NV 89301, “Jack and Renee Smith Scholarship Fund.”