Obituary: Albert L. Smith

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Albert Smith passed away peacefully on July 18, 2022, at the age of 74 with his wife Laura, and their two children Jennifer and Andrew by his side.

Albert was born March 30, 1948, in Hayward, Calif. to Jack and Lucille Smith — the second oldest of four children. He grew up and attended schools in Castro Valley where he developed special friendships that lasted his lifetime.

In 1968, he was drafted into the Army and stationed in Amburg, Germany. Upon his return, he and his soon-to-be wife began their engagement and were married Feb. 6, 1971. In 1978, he and Laura moved to Winters with their two children and quickly became involved in the community. He spent many Saturday mornings setting up soccer fields in a commitment to bring soccer to Winters. He also coached and umpired Little League, was the infamous Winters Swim Team “zookeeper” for 10 years, and worked the swim team fireworks booth for 12 years. He never missed his own kids’ basketball, volleyball, football, or swimming sporting events and loved supporting all of the kids whether he knew them or not.

Albert had a special love and appreciation for the outdoors. He spent many hours camping, backpacking, hunting and fishing. He said always said it did not matter if he caught a fish or if it was a successful hunt, it was being outdoors with family and friends and sharing the day. The past three years he and Laura spent time in their side-by exploring the Lassen National Forest and the trails of Walker Ridge always looking for their next ride of adventure.

Albert was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Lucille Smith. He is also survived by his wife of 51 years Laura; daughter Jennifer Boone and husband Joe, and grandsons Joe and Brody Boone; son Andrew and wife Daurice, and grandsons Cade Smith and Cole Schreiner. He is also survived by his brother Russ and wife Norma; sisters Jan Seagren and Luanne Halloran, and numerous nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by brothers-in-law Steve Seagren and Pat Halloran.

Donations may be made to the Winters Friends of the Library, PO Box 963, Winters, CA or the Winters Education Foundation, PO Box 1047; Winters, CA.

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