Jerry Don Smith


Jerry Don Smith

Jerry Don Smith, age 76, a resident of Peralta, passed away on July 1, 2023.

Jerry was a devoted husband, loving father and grandfather. He served his country during the Vietnam War and, upon returning, had a 30-plus year career at Sandia National Laboratories. He loved the outdoors, taking the time to teach his children and grandchildren to hunt and fish.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Joseph and Jearl Lee Smith.

He is survived by his wife, Valerie; his children, Jerry Smith II and Nicole Essenmacher; his grandchildren, Cristina, Daphne and Avery Smith, and Tessa and Levi Essenmacher; his brothers, Michael and Johnny Smith; his sister, Carolyn Clay; and dear friends, Richard Hykes and Michael Pacheco.

There will be a celebration of his life followed by fellowship and refreshments at 11 a.m., Saturday, July 29, at the Peralta Methodist Church, 25 Wesley Road.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks donations be made to Peralta Methodist Church in his name.

Funeral arrangements were trusted to Noblin Funeral Service, Belen, 418 W. Reinken Ave., Belen, N.M., 87002, 505-864-4448.

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