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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Joseph Thurston Smith

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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

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June 8, 2011
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June 8, 2011

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The Heart of MY Father - Karen Alyce Smith

Contributor: finnsh Created: 9 months ago Updated: 9 months 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!

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Life timeline of Joseph Thurston Smith

1923
Joseph Thurston Smith was born on 10 Aug 1923
Joseph Thurston Smith was 7 years old when Great Depression: In a State of the Union message, U.S. President Herbert Hoover proposes a $150 million (equivalent to $2,197,000,000 in 2017) public works program to help generate jobs and stimulate the economy. The Great Depression was a severe worldwide economic depression that took place mostly during the 1930s, beginning in the United States. The timing of the Great Depression varied across nations; in most countries it started in 1929 and lasted until the late-1930s. It was the longest, deepest, and most widespread depression of the 20th century. In the 21st century, the Great Depression is commonly used as an example of how far the world's economy can decline.
1930
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Joseph Thurston Smith was 22 years old when World War II: Combat ends in the Pacific Theater: The Japanese Instrument of Surrender is signed by Japanese Foreign Minister Mamoru Shigemitsu and accepted aboard the battleship USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay. The Pacific War, sometimes called the Asia-Pacific War, was the theater of World War II that was fought in the Pacific and Asia. It was fought over a vast area that included the Pacific Ocean and islands, the South West Pacific, South-East Asia, and in China.
1945
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Joseph Thurston Smith was 30 years old when Jonas Salk announced the successful test of his polio vaccine on a small group of adults and children (vaccination pictured). Jonas Edward Salk was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York City, he attended New York University School of Medicine, later choosing to do medical research instead of becoming a practicing physician. In 1939, after earning his medical degree, Salk began an internship as a physician scientist at Mount Sinai Hospital. Two years later he was granted a fellowship at the University of Michigan, where he would study flu viruses with his mentor Thomas Francis, Jr.
1953
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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.
1965
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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.
1973
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Joseph Thurston Smith was 63 years old when Space Shuttle program: STS-51-L mission: Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrates after liftoff, killing all seven astronauts on board. The Space Shuttle program was the fourth human spaceflight program carried out by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), which accomplished routine transportation for Earth-to-orbit crew and cargo from 1981 to 2011. Its official name, Space Transportation System (STS), was taken from a 1969 plan for a system of reusable spacecraft of which it was the only item funded for development.
1986
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Joseph Thurston Smith died on 28 Jun 1995 at the age of 71
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