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Jesse Wayne Smith


Jesse Wayne Smith

62, passed away on June 3, 2011, of complications from pneumonia. Jesse was born on 
June 16, 1948, in Baytown, Texas, and served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. Sgt. Jesse Smith was honored with the Silver Star Medal and received three Purple Hearts during his two tours in Vietnam. Jesse previously lived in Brea and Anaheim, Calif., and at the time of his death lived in Big Bear City, Calif. He worked as a journeyman mechanic and was an avid fisherman, hunter, and loved living in the mountains.

Jesse is survived by his wife, Christine Smith, son and daughter-in-law, Charles and Karen Smith, daughter and son-in-law, Rachel and Antony Miller, brother Jimmy Smith, and many family and friends.

A funeral service was held on June 14, 2011, at the Riverside National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family asks to please consider a donation to the Disabled American Veterans or the Wounded Warrior Project.


"Big Bear Grizzly" Posted: Tuesday, June 14, 2011
Submitted by: Peggy Hooper