James Arlie Smith

November 19, 1953December 1, 2018

James Arlie Smith, 65, husband of Angela Wiseman Smith of Fruitland, ID, passed away Saturday Dec. 1, 2018 at home surrounded by his family. Born November 19, 1953 in Ukiah, CA, James was the third born son of William Richard Smith and Sibyl Rosalee Laramore Smith.

In 1956, his family moved to Tamarack, ID where James attended Meadows Valley School in New Meadows until his senior year where he graduated from Council High School. He excelled in football, basketball and track. He set records in track and football. Notably in 1970, he set the state scoring record in football with 41 touchdowns totaling a record of 342 points in just 10 games. His 41st touchdown came in the team’s state championship win against Carey High School in Carey, ID in which he left early in the game due to an ankle injury.

James was an avid outdoorsman, spending as much time as possible in the Rocky Mountains of Idaho with his family. He was a hunter and a gatherer who would hike miles in some of the roughest terrain in search of elk, deer, moose and a good fishing spot. He was especially fond of hunting for huckleberries and could make the best huckleberry pie.

James was a hard worker and from a very early age of 12 learned how to handle a power saw and his love for being outdoors was merged with a way of life. Though logging brought him great happiness, he switched careers in 1994 to become a mechanic and eventually retired from working on buses for Boise Urban Stages of Boise, ID.

James met his wife Angela Wiseman, and they were married in 2001. They just celebrated 17 years in June of this year. James has 2 daughters and 1 son from his previous marriage to Tina Prickett Barton and 2 stepsons with Angela. He cherished every moment with his 8 grandchildren and 2 “grand” dogs as well as many nieces and nephews.

He is survived by his loving wife Angela of Fruitland, ID, mother Sibyl Smith of Fruitland, ID, brother Johnny Richard Smith (Patti) of New Meadows, ID, brother Robert Michael Smith (Connie) of Boise, ID, brother Randy Lee Smith (Terri) of New Meadows, ID, brother Martin Gregory Smith (Vikki) of New Meadows, ID, his daughter Kassie Soldano (David) of San Angelo, TX, daughter Jamie McLeod (Jason) of Payette, ID, son Tyler Smith (Leah) of New Plymouth, ID, stepson Nick Allen of Boise, ID, and stepson Shawn Allen (Amanda) of Payette, ID, and his grandchildren Andi, Leah, Sierra, Rylee, Hayden, Blake, Abigail and Beckett. He was preceded in death by his father William Richard Smith, niece Idella Lee Suzanne Keys, nephew Jeramy Johnny Ray Smith.

The family invites you to join them in celebrating his life, Saturday December 8, 2018 at the Payette Church of the Nazarene, 1980 7th Ave N, Payette, Idaho at 2:00 pm. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials and tributes be made to the American Alzheimer’s Association online at or by mail Alzheimer's Association, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011. Condolences may be made to James’ family at


  • Angela (Wiseman) Smith, Wife
  • William Richard Smith, Father
  • Sibyl Rosalee (Laramore) Smith, Mother
  • Kassie (Smith) Soldano, Daughter
  • David Soldano, Son-in-law
  • Jamie (Smith) McLeod, Daugher
  • Jason McLeod, Son-in-law
  • Tyler Smith, Son
  • Leah Smith, Daughter-in-law
  • Johnny Richard Smith, Brother
  • Patti Smith, Sister-in-law
  • Robert Michael Smith, Brother
  • Connie Smith, Sister-in-law
  • Randy Lee Smith, Brother
  • Terri Smith, Sister-in-law
  • Martin Gregory Smith, Brother
  • Vikki Smith, Sister-in-law
  • Nick Allen, Stepson
  • Shawn Allen, Stepson
  • Amanda Allen, Stepdaughter-in-law
  • Idella Lee Suzanne Keys, Niece
  • Jeramy Johnny Ray Smith, Nephew
  • James is also survived by his grandchildren Andi, Leah, Sierra, Rylee, Hayden, Blake, Abigail and Beckett, as well as many nieces and nephews and his two "grand" dogs.

  • Shawn Allen, Honorary Bearer
  • Nick Allen, Honorary Bearer
  • Tyler Smith, Honorary Bearer
  • Jason McLeod, Honorary Bearer
  • David Soldano, Honorary Bearer
  • Steve Oldenburg, Honorary Bearer
  • Rocky Bailey, Honorary Bearer
  • Ray Burton, Honorary Bearer
  • Randy Smith, Honorary Bearer
  • Johnny Richard Smith, Honorary Bearer
  • Michael Smith, Honorary Bearer
  • Greg Smith, Honorary Bearer
  • Ray Berryhill, Honorary Bearer
  • Chris Phillips, Honorary Bearer


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, December 8, 2018

James Arlie Smith

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Karen Lewis

December 11, 2018

Our hearts go out to the Smith family. We were honored to know James. Marty and James spent some wonderful times hunting together! Marty and James were like family out hunting! They were kindred spirits. He will be missed ! So sorry for your loss! Marty & Karen Lewis

Joy Lewis

December 9, 2018

Kassie, Jamie and Tyler
I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. I remember your dad as a friend, and a wonderful grandpa to the grandchildren we share. His kindness and big heart will always be a part of our lives and memories. My prayers are with you and your families♡

Loveta (Carlock) Reed

December 8, 2018

I was one of several childhood friends who, over the years, all played together and went to school together in New Meadows....we all ‘grew up’ together. James always was kind & thoughtful. I remember his smile and giggle the most. He was indeed a special person who will most certainly be missed. My deepest sympathy to all who love him.

Alvis Wade

December 7, 2018

Our prayers go out to the Smith family. I met James when he was living in Hoxie and married Tina Prickett. James was the only guy I ever knew that grew up in the mountains and could walk up and down, around for hours and bring you right back to the truck. If you took him out on the flatlands of Kansas and drove around three sections, he couldn’t find his way to town. He taught me one valuable lesson the first time I went elk hunting with him. We walk up on a Bull on a logging road and it jumped up into the timber at which point James said go back 50 yards and run to the top of the mountain. Needless to say he could run to the top but I didn’t make the second fifty yards. I told him I would walk to the top from then on. I never could run to the top! He had the same smile as in the picture only it turned into a laugh. He will be missed! RIP old friend!

Jed Prickett

December 7, 2018

Our condolences to the entire Smith family, especially my cousins. One of my favorite hunting memories was hunting raccoons with James and Tyler in Sheridan County KS. He was a great uncle and his kids loved him and respected him dearly. With love, The Prickett Family.

Richard Pedigo

December 7, 2018

I will always remember him as a wonderful welder and as a special friend. We were the only two that could start a fire inside a combine and laugh about it! Our breaks of cookies in “combine land” and just the general laughter at what we had done. May you Rest In Peace my friend.
My deepest sympathy to the family. May you find comfort in your memories and know his love in your heart

Karen Yraguen

December 7, 2018

Jamie and family, our deepest sympathy at the loss of your dad, I am thinking of you all this weekend as you say good bye. Your memories will help get you thru some hard times, hold them close. 💞💓

Dan & Deb Schledewitz

December 3, 2018

Our sincere sympathy to all the family. We remember James years ago on Friday evenings @ the Stutzman's for Bible Study.
He sometimes would bring a delicious pie and we always had good fellowship. May GOD bless you all with HIS comfort and peace. Remember the happy times and keep looking up.

Williams Family

December 3, 2018

Condolences to the Smith family. Our thoughts and prayers go out to your whole family. Psalms 147:3 says God, "heals the broken hearted, and binds up their wounds." to May God bring you comfort and peace.