Edward Wesley Smith


Ed was born September 25, 1937, in Bellingham, WA to Edward Horace Smith and Myrtle Orpha Smith. He died August 14, 2019 at Highline Hospital.


There were three children in the family of which he was the second born. The family moved to the Seattle area about 1941 when Ed was about four years old. They lived on a farm in Renton that was located where the Family Fun Center is located today. He attended school in the old Orillia Grade School. The family moved to South Park in 1943 where he attended Concord School. Later, they moved to nearby White Center. Ed graduated from Cleveland High School.  He worked as an auto mechanic, eventually managing a gas station.


Ed worked for Group Health Hospital as a custodian, then for an office cleaning firm until going to work for Highline School District in 1994 until he retired in 2009. In 1960, he married Shirley Phillips. They had three children: Twila Taylor, Edward Daniel, and Shawn. In 1985 he married Diane Clark Bender and they had one daughter, Wesley Jo. Ed was very active in Alcoholics Anonymous for 38 years. He attended Three Tree Community Church in Burien. He volunteered for Transform Burien until 2017. 


He is survived by his wife, Diane; his four children: Twila Smith Taylor, Edward D. Smith, Shawn W. Smith and Wesley Jo Smith; brother; Harold Smith and sister, Beatrice Smith Carpenter, in addition to several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents; first wife, Shirley Smith; one grandson, Danny Taylor and a nephew, Bryon Carpenter.


Celebration of Life Services to be held Saturday, August 24, 2019 at 1:00 pm at Three Tree Community Church, 16261 1st Avenue S., Burien, WA. Memorials can be made to Three Tree Community Church.


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