FARMINGTON -- Allan LeForest Smith, 81, a lifelong resident of Farmington, passed at his home, peacefully in his sleep on Tuesday, July 2, 2013, following a long illness.
Born Sept. 19, 1931, in Portland, he was the only child of David A. and Verlie (Libby) Smith. He was a 1949 graduate of Farmington High School and earned his degree in civil engineering from the University of Maine in 1953. He was a veteran, having served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
On April 8, 1961, he married Joanne Warburton in Hardwick, Mass. For 42 years, he was employed as a civil engineer by the Maine Department of Transportation. He maintained an active lifestyle during his retirement and volunteered many hours to benefit his beloved hometown community and the children who were privileged to call the Western Maine area "home."
Allan served on the SAD 9 Board of Directors during the consolidation and building of Mt. Blue High School, the rebuilding of Wilton Academy and the building of the Cascade Brook School. His volunteer efforts at SAD 9 spanned from 1994 to 2012, where he could often be found reading to children, swimming with children at the fitness center or broadening their educational experience in the LEGO League. Allan volunteered many hours at Franklin Memorial Hospital working in the emergency room and at the escort desk until fall 2012. For 44 years, he taught ski lessons at Titcomb Mountain, encouraging new skiers and helping them perfect his graceful artistry of this sport. He also skied with the Special Olympics, helping many of them achieve their Olympic challenges.
He was a member of Old South Congregational Church serving on various church committees over the years and was Clerk of the Works for the construction of the Newman Wing. He was chairman of the town of Farmington's Transportation Advisory Committee, a member of the Farmington Historical Society and served as trustee for the Farmington Public Library.
Allan was a 60-year member of Maine Lodge 20 as well as a member of the York Rite Bodies of Farmington serving as a commander in 1963 and from 1998 to 2001. He was a member of other appended bodies in Maine, and as a member of the Kora Temple Shrine, he chaperoned many children to the Shrine Circus.
Allan was a patron of the arts and an original member of the Sandy River Players, his last performance at 79 in "Comedy and Cocktails."
His hobbies were "volunteering," skiing, playing tennis with dear friends, fly fishing, reading and most importantly, following the activities and delighting in the accomplishments of his children and grandchildren.
He is loved by his wife of 52 years, Joanne W. Smith, of Farmington; their children, David W. Smith, of Saco, and Karen S. West and her husband, Steven West, of Farmington; grandchildren Alexandra Jean Brophy and her husband, Patric Brophy, of Freeport, Matthew Allan West, of Farmington, and Marina Joanne West, of Farmington; two stepgrandchildren, Aaron Hefler and Misharra Hefler, both of Saco; one great-granddaughter, Isabelle Grace Brophy, of Freeport; and a large extended family.
Family and friends are invited to call from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, July 18 at Wiles Remembrance Center, 137 Farmington Falls Road, (U.S. Route 2 and Route 27) Farmington. Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Friday, July 19, at Old South Congregational Church, Main Street, Farmington, with the Rev. Alexis Fuller-Wright and the Rev. Dr. Richard Waddell, AHCH chaplain co-officiating. Full military honors will be provided by Camp Keyes at the conclusion of the church service. All are welcome to attend a family reception of comfort, hosted by the Old South Hospitality Committee in the church vestry, following services. Committal services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 20, at Fairview Cemetery, Farmington. In consideration of his commitment to the enrichment of the lives of children, remembrance gifts may be given to either the Allan L. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Farmington Area Alumni Inc., P.O. Box 331 Farmington, ME 04938; or to the Shriner's Children's Hospital, 51 Blossom St., Boston, ME 02114. Tributes and condolences may be shared with his family on his memorial wall at www.wilesrc.com.