Swan-Law Funeral Directors

501 North Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO


Gary Creighton Smith

October 31, 1935October 7, 2019

Gary C. Smith, age 83, passed away unexpectedly of a stroke on Monday, October 7, 2019. He was born on October 31, 1935 in Unionville, Missouri to John and Edith Smith, and was their only child. He grew up in Arkansas City, Kansas. He married his high school sweetheart, Marlene Young, on May 29, 1954, days after her high school graduation. They honeymooned as they traveled to the Washington, DC area where his Army basic training took place. From there he was stationed to Korea for two years.

He moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado with his family in 1959 and worked in the construction industry. He was still working as a general contractor/consultant on local, national and international projects when he passed away.

Gary enjoyed history, raising Labrador Retrievers, hunting, golfing and travel. His favorite pastimes were spending time with his family, making deals and sharing well embellished stories.

Gary is survived by his wife of 65 years, Marlene Smith; his daughter, Karen Beach, her spouse, Mike Dagendesh; his daughter, Kathy Basik, her spouse, Jeff Basik; his daughter, Cindi Jones, her spouse, Bruce Jones; his son, Doug Smith, his spouse, Xanna Smith; his 11 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his daughter, Debby Smith (Hansen).

His love, kindness and wisdom will be missed. His cowboy spirit will continue and his stories long retold.

A celebration of Gary’s life will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please make contributions in Gary’s memory to the American Red Cross, Attn: Services to the Armed Forces Donation, PO Bo x 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.


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Cindi Jones

October 18, 2019

The 12 days of Christmas will never be the same. Thank you for giving such a wonderful tradition for our families. I hate bugs because of you pointing them out to me as a little girl. Dad you ALWAYS planted seeds of wisdom, whether we wanted to hear them or not, but you successfully planted them. You'll be truly missed, continually remembered and loved. Love you Dad.

Doug Smith

October 14, 2019

We will all miss dad I enjoyed his construction stories. One I particularly liked was when he was hired by dean Martin as a consultant to build a house for his music director in florida and dad picked a fight with a Cuban and threw coconuts at him, take that scarface. He had an ornery streak. When he was in the us army he pretended to be a general to get off base. He lied to his children on a regular basis. We all believe we were half Indians for years. He tricked me into believing a guy died in a round room because he had no corner to pee in. He was a constant encouragement to everyone. He would always tell me you did your best that's all that angels can do. He would tell me to keep my head up every morning. I found out that if you believe you will succeed you are more likely to succeed. Thanks dad your a good man.

Bill Kennison

October 11, 2019

Mr. Smith (and his entire family for that matter) played a significant role in both my personal and professional life. I have always considered him a mentor and I feel extremely blessed to have known him. He will be dearly missed but never forgotten. My thoughts and prayers are with his family during this time.