OBITUARY

Lorenzo "Ren" Smith

June 2, 1951April 7, 2012

His Heavenly Father called Lorenzo “Ren” Delbert Smith home on April 7, 2012 in Idaho Falls, Idaho. He has now been reunited with his father Vern and son Charles that he missed so very much. Ren was born June 2, 1951 in Ashton, Idaho to the loving parents of Lila Marie Shelton Smith and Vernon Charles Smith. Ren attended school in Idaho Falls and it was during his high school years he met the love of his life, Mary Catherine Moriarty. They were married on June 20, 1968. Together Mary and Ren reared three sons and the resulting strength of that family serves as their greatest achievement. Besides being known for his love of the outdoors, hunting trophy bull elk and fishing for giant trout on Henry’s Lake, his greatest joy in life was spending time doing these things with his “babies.” Ren enjoyed many things, but nothing was more important to him than serving as the patriarch of the Smith family and ensuring that all the Smith children and grandchildren were taken care of to his expectations. Ren had a great sense of humor and a laugh that was priceless. Ren taught his children the true meaning of family and demonstrated that family always comes first. He enjoyed spending time at his cabin in Island Park. Second only to the love of his family and friends was his love for his pets and he was rarely seen without his chocolate lab “Chip”. Ren’s ability to enjoy life was infectious and will result in him being missed by many. In 1973, Ren began working at the Idaho National Laboratory where he was still employed at the time of his death. He was very proud of his accomplishments during his career but was looking forward to retirement. In addition to being a career, he made many life-long treasured friendships. Ren was known as a “no-nonsense, get-it-done right” guy in his dealings, but his family and close friends knew him as the gentle giant he was. Survivors include his loving wife of almost 44 years, Mary Smith; his mother Lila Smith; children Patrick Todd (Kim) Smith and Christopher Shawn (Chyanne) Smith; his “honorary” son, Tyler Pettingill (Andi), and a sister Trina Pettingill, all of Idaho Falls, Idaho. Ren was adored by 11 grandchildren, numerous nephews and other family members who constantly surrounded him. He was preceded in death by his father, Vernon Smith, his son Charles Smith and his brother Darwin Smith.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:00 a.m. Monday, April 16, 2012, at Christ The King Catholic Church on the coroner of 17th and Woodruff in Idaho Falls, with Father Raul Covarrubias, officiant. Burial will follow at the Ucon Cemetery. A memorial services will be held from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. with a viewing from 8:00 to 9:00 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.

Services

  • Memorial Services

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Viewing

    Sunday, April 15, 2012

  • Funeral Mass

    Monday, April 16, 2012

Memories

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The Allen's

April 18, 2012

Mary,
I'm so sorry for your loss, please accept or sincere condolences to you and your family.

April 17, 2012

We are sorry to hear about Ren, it is such a loss for your family. Know that your family is in our thoughts at this difficult time.
Stacy and Lori Hyde, Ammon

Dawn Bailey

April 16, 2012

My heart goes out to your whole family. Ren was such an awesome guy and will truly be missed by everyone who knew him. My prayers are with all of you!

Michelle Kirby

April 16, 2012

Ren and I have worked together off and on for the past 18 years, I am grateful for the opportunity that I had to know and love Ren. May God bless you all. Your family will be in our prayers.

Nancy Thorsen

April 16, 2012

Mary, my heart goes out to you in your loss. You are in my prayers. May God grant you peace in your memories of happy times with your family.

Bryan Lovell

April 16, 2012

Mary, Chris, Todd, and family, our deepest sympathy goes out to you in your time of loss. Bryan and Zoey Lovell

Gary Callen

April 15, 2012

Ren was my manager at the INL, but I considered him more of a friend. He was always someone you could talk to about both personal and business issues. He was a bigger than life person, with a laugh and smile that could light up a room. I will miss him very much. The world was a better place with him in it. I will always remember my friend Ren. My deepest sympathies go out to Mary and family.

Skaar Family

April 15, 2012

Smith Family,
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we have been thinking and praying for you all. I hope the healing can begin soon and you will find comfort in his love for all of you!! Chris, Chy, Triston, and Mckadee big hugs!!

Zack and Raquel Koehler

April 15, 2012

We are so sorry for your loss. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

MIKE(CHEEZE)& LAURI KYLE

April 14, 2012

MARY & FAMILY SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS REN WAS A GREAT FRIEND

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