Steve was born in 1927 in Los Angeles to Laurence and Isabelle Smith and grew up in Glendale. He served in the Navy and trained in small craft landing boats for the invasion of Japan.
After the service, he attended Occidental College. It was there Steve met his wife, Jean, whom he married in 1948. He graduated with a BA and later a master’s in education administration. He became an elementary school principal in the Glendale Unified School District and the family lived in La Crescenta, Calif.
Steve retired after 36 years and he and his wife moved to Fallbrook where they enjoyed country living for 27 years. He was active in the community and church affairs. He was an elder in the Presbyterian church and faithfully attended two Bible studies.
In 2008, Steve was elected to the Fallbrook Community Planning Group and served on the Land Use Committee. He was also a member of the Rotary Club of Fallbrook and served on the Fallbrook Hospital Transportation Committee.
Steve had many hobbies: traveling, golf, and woodworking were his favorites. He loved his family and especially enjoyed the times they were all together. Recently, the couple moved to Huntington Beach to be near family and for health reasons.
Steve is survived by his wife of 68 years, Jean Smith; son Christopher (Christine) Smith; daughter Janet (Brian) Roberts; niece Liz Reich; grandchildren Kyle Roberts, Kelsi Roberts, Blake Smith and Nora Smith.
His “Celebration of Life” will be held at SonRise Christian Fellowship at 463 S. Stage Coach Lane on May 20 at 11 a.m. A reception will follow.
Donations may be made in his name to SonRise Christian Fellowship, or the Rotary Club of Fallbrook Foundation, P.O. Box 1227, Fallbrook, CA 92088.