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Walter Howard Smart

Walter Howard Smart, a retired veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the United States Air Force, a resident of Thatcher, entered into rest Monday morning, June 14, 2021, at the Arizona State Veteran Home, in Tucson, following a lengthy illness. Walter was 89.

Walter served our nation during the Korean War and the Vietnam War.

Walter is survived by: his children, Rhonda Ruiz (John), of Thatcher, Melvin Smart, of Tucson, Michael Smart, of Salem, Oregon; a brother, Oliver Gene "Pete" Smart, of Carlsbad, New Mexico. He is also survived by ten grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. Walter was predeceased by: his wife, Marlene Dedrick Smart; a son, Paul Allen Smart; and a daughter, Debra Jean Smart.

A Celebration of Walter's Life will be conducted Thursday morning, July 8, 2021, at 11:00 a.m., at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Temple View Chapel in Central by Bishop Eric Haller of the Thatcher Fifth Ward.

Walter will be laid to rest at the Fort Bliss National Cemetery in El Paso, Texas Friday morning, July 9, 2021, with military honors conferred by the Fort Bliss Select Honor Detail.

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Dearest Walt,
I was always so blessed to have you in my life.
You were always kind, caring and generous to those around you.
I am grateful that you are no longer in pain and are spending time in the presence of our blessed Lord. Your heart was never far from His.

Give my littles some love from me and hold them until I join them.

LINDA PANTALONE Jul 12 2021 6:56 PM

Walter, you were a good honest hardworking man. You loved your family. Rest in Peace now.

Celeste Taylor Jun 28 2021 9:53 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Walter Smart

Celeste Taylor Jun 28 2021 9:48 PM

You were there for most of my life. I've even thought that you would live forever despite losing Grandma and eventually... Uncle Paul. You were so strong despite not being able to walk anymore. You had to be in so much pain, but you showed us as if it was nothing. But now you're no longer suffering. You are now with Grandma, Uncle Paul and your dear sweet daughter Debra who passed away at birth. I know we'll all be together again someday. In the meantime, we'll miss you. ♥️

Maria Diaz Jun 26 2021 4:11 PM

A candle was lit in memory of Walter Smart

Maria Diaz Jun 26 2021 4:03 PM

Sending prayers and hugs to Uncle Walter's family and friends. God bless yall. May he rest in eternal peace.

Stephanie Weldy Jun 26 2021 11:56 AM

Love ❤️ Uncle Walter and his family so much!

Connie Raney Jun 26 2021 11:49 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Walter Smart

Connie Raney Jun 26 2021 11:48 AM

Rest in peace Uncle Walter. I will always remember you as a favorite uncle, a master gardener and a genuinely good man. My love for you lasts for eternity.

Salvatrice Pierce Jun 26 2021 9:50 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Walter Smart

Salvatrice Pierce Jun 26 2021 9:47 AM

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