Alan J. Smith - 74
6/22/1943 - 4/28/2018
Alan J. Smith, 74, of Clinton, Iowa, passed away at his home on Saturday, April 28, 2018. Pursuant to Alan's wishes, no funeral services will be held. However, his family lovingly requests that in lieu of cards and flowers to please share any fond memories or stories of Alan with the family by leaving an online condolence on the Clinton Herald website obituary section. Alan was born June 22, 1943 in Morrison, IL to Clarence "Pete" and Mary "Loretta" Smith, the oldest of three children. He graduated from St. Mary's High School in 1961 and went on to attend Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. On November 14, 1964, Alan married the love of his life, Janice Carole Anspach. In 1974, he began a long career in the grain industry working with companies as Consolidated Grain and Barge and previously with Bunge Grain Corporation. Here he gained the utmost admiration from his colleagues not only for his strong moral standards, but for his diverse knowledge on a multitude of topics including home construction, fine woodworking and weaponry. Alan was a member of the National Ski Patrol and volunteered for over 20 years responding to medical emergencies and offering compassion and expert care to those in need. Alan was a loving and devoted husband and family man. He believed in hard work, loyalty and honesty. He was an incredibly gifted artist specializing in drawing, fine woodworking and music. He also had a profound appreciation for all walks of life from the tiniest critters to the magnificent mammals of our waters. He loved life. He loved his family. He loved doing what was right. Always. Alan is survived by his beautiful wife of 53 years, Jan; his daughters Theresa, Deborah and Cindy; his grandchildren Sam, Lauren, Bryce, Matt, Marcus and Lucas; his great grandson Jasynn; his sister Judith and his brother Dan; his uncle Monsignor Francis Henricksen and his nephew Craig. "Always do right. This will satisfy some people and astonish the rest." - Mark Twain
Pursuant to Alan's wishes, no funeral services will be held. However, his family lovingly requests that in lieu of cards and flowers to please share any fond memories or stories of Alan with the family by leaving an online condolence on the Clinton Herald website obituary section.