Kevon ‘Smitty’ Smith

obit-smith-kevon-Fall-08--feb-09-keys-063-(2)Kevon “Smitty” Smith, 59, passed away suddenly but peacefully at his residence on Dec. 10.

Kevon had recently moved to Pagosa Springs with his wife, Patti, from Aztec, N.M. He was born and raised in Sioux Falls, S.D., but fell in love with the west and relocated soon after graduation from college.

Kevon was a journalist at heart and a petroleum analyst by trade. He was an avid outdoorsman. In the winter he skied, in the spring could be found hiking the canyons, in the summer he was camping and fishing in the mountains, and in the fall he would return to his native South Dakota to keep the tradition of duck hunting and fishing with his dad, Duane. Kevon was a kind-hearted man and was a friend to many. He loved traveling and experiencing other cultures.

Kevon is survived by his mother, Winnie; father Duane; sisters Kellie Lombardi (Matt) and Connie Olsen (Phil); wife Patti; his sons, Loren Healy (Savanah) and Kyle Healy (Claire); his precious grandchildren, Saylor, Analyse and Tyce; and nieces and cousins.

Kevon became ill and never had the chance to thank the people at AHB and around Pagosa who helped to build a dream home at the lake. The family would like to express its gratitude to everyone who helped in that process, allowing Kevon to spend his last months in an absolutely beautiful home. The family would also like to thank the people who helped during Kevon’s passing — our neighbors, emergency teams and Source Gas employees who were very responsive and supportive.

This story was posted on December 18, 2014.