Joseph Thurston Smith

10 Aug 1923 - 28 Jun 1995

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Joseph Thurston Smith

10 Aug 1923 - 28 Jun 1995
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Grave site information of Joseph Thurston Smith (10 Aug 1923 - 28 Jun 1995) at Alpine Cemetery in Alpine, Utah, Utah, United States from BillionGraves

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Joseph Thurston Smith


Alpine Cemetery

283 N 300 E
Alpine, Utah, Utah
United States

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Beloved husband, father, doctor, lawyer, poet, artist, missionary, king to us he was everything


June 8, 2011


April 5, 2020


April 5, 2020


June 8, 2011

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The Heart of MY Father - Karen Alyce Smith

Contributor: finnsh Created: 2 years ago Updated: 2 years ago

The Heart of my Father On this day, ninety years ago, my father entered the world. His own father, passed away when he was ninety. We never thought our Dad would really die, he had such a dynamic persona. I think we expected him to go on for years entertaining and impressing with his extraordinary abilities. In particular, we expected to always see him throwing a saddle on a horse and prancing around here or there or anywhere, one with the animal, a double duo of unpredictability. For many of us, it was the first time we had experienced such irony. I still don’t comprehend it. Such a rare disease, ALS. He survived WWII and many near misses, but as he put it, this really nipped his root. Gone, eighteen years. He never even got to have a smart phone. He loved gadgets. I miss him, but the other day when I clicked on a video on my computer, there he was reciting a twenty minute poem, entitled, Heart of My Father, from memory. It was written by another Canadian, and it went straight to dad’s heart, because it was so close to his early roots. It is Saturday and it’s a special day, not because it is the day we get ready for Sunday, as much as it’s the day our dad took us on his planned adventures. Who else ever had such a dad? True, we nearly got killed ourselves on some of them, but how many get to go to Kahuku, and skin dive for lobsters, body surf at Nanikuli, hike to Sacred Falls, get caught in a flash flood, ski down the slopes of Brighton without a lesson, or raft down the Heber river on an inner tube made of canvas, gromets, and rope, only to have it rip apart, seconds into the ride sending all river runners off to Rockport Resevoir in life jackets? We were lucky, that’s how he showed aloha. What a blast! What a guy!

Life timeline of Joseph Thurston Smith

Joseph Thurston Smith was born on 10 Aug 1923
Joseph Thurston Smith was 16 years old when Adolf Hitler signs an order to begin the systematic euthanasia of mentally ill and disabled people. Adolf Hitler was a German politician, demagogue, and Pan-German revolutionary, who was the leader of the Nazi Party, Chancellor of Germany from 1933 to 1945 and Führer ("Leader") of Nazi Germany from 1934 to 1945. As dictator, Hitler initiated World War II in Europe with the invasion of Poland in September 1939, and was central to the Holocaust.
Joseph Thurston Smith was 22 years old when World War II: Nagasaki is devastated when an atomic bomb, Fat Man, is dropped by the United States B-29 Bockscar. Thirty-five thousand people are killed outright, including 23,200-28,200 Japanese war workers, 2,000 Korean forced workers, and 150 Japanese soldiers. Nagasaki is the capital and the largest city of Nagasaki Prefecture on the island of Kyushu in Japan. The city's name, 長崎, means "long cape" in Japanese. Nagasaki became a centre of colonial Portuguese and Dutch influence in the 16th through 19th centuries, and the Hidden Christian Sites in the Nagasaki Region have been recognized and included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. Part of Nagasaki was home to a major Imperial Japanese Navy base during the First Sino-Japanese War and Russo-Japanese War.
Joseph Thurston Smith was 34 years old when Space Race: Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite to orbit the Earth. The Space Race refers to the 20th-century competition between two Cold War rivals, the Soviet Union (USSR) and the United States (US), for dominance in spaceflight capability. It had its origins in the missile-based nuclear arms race between the two nations that occurred following World War II, aided by captured German missile technology and personnel from the Aggregat program. The technological superiority required for such dominance was seen as necessary for national security, and symbolic of ideological superiority. The Space Race spawned pioneering efforts to launch artificial satellites, uncrewed space probes of the Moon, Venus, and Mars, and human spaceflight in low Earth orbit and to the Moon.
Joseph Thurston Smith was 42 years old when Thirty-five hundred United States Marines are the first American land combat forces committed during the Vietnam War. The United States Marine Corps (USMC), also referred to as the United States Marines, is a branch of the United States Armed Forces responsible for conducting amphibious operations with the United States Navy. The U.S. Marine Corps is one of the four armed service branches in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) and one of the seven uniformed services of the United States.
Joseph Thurston Smith was 50 years old when Vietnam War: The last United States combat soldiers leave South Vietnam. The Vietnam War, also known as the Second Indochina War, and in Vietnam as the Resistance War Against America or simply the American War, was a conflict that occurred in Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia from 1 November 1955 to the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975. It was the second of the Indochina Wars and was officially fought between North Vietnam and the government of South Vietnam. The North Vietnamese army was supported by the Soviet Union, China, and other communist allies; the South Vietnamese army was supported by the United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand and other anti-communist allies. The war is considered a Cold War-era proxy war by some US perspectives. The majority of Americans believe the war was unjustified. The war would last roughly 19 years and would also form the Laotian Civil War as well as the Cambodian Civil War, which also saw all three countries become communist states in 1975.
Joseph Thurston Smith was 58 years old when The first launch of a Space Shuttle (Columbia) takes place: The STS-1 mission. The Space Shuttle was a partially reusable low Earth orbital spacecraft system operated by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), as part of the Space Shuttle program. Its official program name was Space Transportation System (STS), taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development. The first of four orbital test flights occurred in 1981, leading to operational flights beginning in 1982. In addition to the prototype whose completion was cancelled, five complete Shuttle systems were built and used on a total of 135 missions from 1981 to 2011, launched from the Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida. Operational missions launched numerous satellites, interplanetary probes, and the Hubble Space Telescope (HST); conducted science experiments in orbit; and participated in construction and servicing of the International Space Station. The Shuttle fleet's total mission time was 1322 days, 19 hours, 21 minutes and 23 seconds.
Joseph Thurston Smith died on 28 Jun 1995 at the age of 71
Grave record for Joseph Thurston Smith (10 Aug 1923 - 28 Jun 1995), BillionGraves Record 12785 Alpine, Utah, Utah, United States