Harland Franklin Smith Jr. was born September thirteenth, 1933, in Springfield Missouri. After a short battle with pneumonia, he died in the early hours of June seventh, 2020, at the age of eighty-six. Harland is to be cremated at Strohmayers Funeral Home, in Monte Vista Colorado. His ashes will be spread at a later date by his son Tony Smith, and family.
Harland joined the Marine Corps in 1950. During that time he served his country as a Sergeant, during the Korean War. He was honorably discharged in 1956.
Harland held Bachelor of Science in Industrial Technology, from California State University, Los Angeles. He also studied art abroad at the Royal College of Art in London England. He then worked for many years as a Fire Protection Engineer for Parsons, and Jet Propulsion Laboratory. During this time. he also worked one year abroad in Puerto La Cruz, Venezuela.
On September seventeenth, 1978, Harland married his beloved wife Shirleen Smith. Together Harland and Shirleen lived many years in California. In 2000, they retired to South Fork, Colorado. During this time, Harland was able to focus on his life’s passions, painting beautiful watercolor and acrylic landscapes, and entertaining his many grandchildren.
Harland is remembered as a doting husband, a caring father, a loving Papa, a brave Marine, and a talented artist.
Harland is proceeded in death by, his Mother Edith Cleo Pope, his Father Harland Franklin Smith Sr. and his Son, Thomas Smith.
Harland is survived by his three sisters, Carol Smith, Brenda Smith, and Nylene Hicks. His sons; Timothy, Tony, Zack, and Mathew Smith. His three stepchildren; Leslie Zolman, Lynette Wolfe, and Scott Wessell. His eighteen grandchildren, his sixteen great grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
We love you Papa. -Trillian Klosiewski (granddaughter).
Arrangements in care of Strohmayer’s Funeral Home.