Gary Lee Smith
(1952 - 2007)

Gary Lee Smith

July 9, 1952

October 1, 2007

This site is dedicated to Gary Smith.

Gary Lee Smith, 55, passed away at Kavanagh Hospice House, Des Moines, on Monday, October 1, 2007.
Funeral services held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, October 6, 2007 at Caldwell- Raddatz Funeral Home, 8201 Hickman Road, Urbandale, IA.
A visitation was from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, October 5, 2007.
Gary was born in Des Moines on July 9, 1952 to Chester Smith and Mary Louise Swinehart.
He attended William Jewell College in Liberty, MO.
Gary worked as a warehouse man at Emco Enterprises.
Gary enjoyed music, the St. Louis Cardinals, and Kansas City Chiefs.
He was the lead singer in the band "Land Sharks" and also a member of UAW.
Survivors include his sisters, Judy Noyes and husband Ronald; Peggy Higday; brothers, Randy Smith and wife Alice, Greg Higday, Jeff Higday; cousin, Crystal Farnsworth and husband Alan; many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by the love of his life, "Clover Buckingham"
A Celebration of Life was held in Gary's honor by many local Des Moines area musician friends lead by Larry Berenguel, at Orlando's, 4337 Park Ave. in Des Moines, starting at 1 pm Saturday Oct 6, 2007.
The family would like to thank all Gary's musician friends for their time and talents.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of Iowa.

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Guest Book (6 entries)
Gary was my best bud, worked for me, with me, but taught me what good music really was. I was Southern-rock naïve when we met. I will miss you , my friend, ironically, since I just located you since we moved in the 90's, God Bless you.
Mike Bean (best friend)
January 18th, 2017
So sorry to hear about Gary's passing. Lost touch over the years, but he was a GREAT GUY. Great guitarist and third baseman.
Ray Severson (old roommate)
May 13th, 2015
I miss you Gary very much I'm so glad I got to be with you in the end God put us together for a reason I love you see you in heaven
Crystal Farnsworth (cousin )
December 28th, 2010
Recent Song written by friend Kyle Patten, in honor of some of his musician friends, including Gary, who have recently passed.

"The Reaper Came Too Soon." by Kyle Dean Patten

Walking through the pub
There showing me no love
I head for the stage there saying “what’s your name?’
That same old story you’ve lived it long before
But some how I thought I’d see you
Walking through my door

Nothing I can do
I always think of you
The reaper
The reaper came too soon

I sit and muse my drink
I’ve got to much time to think
Preparing for the show
That feeling you well know
Feeling all my age, hard livings left a stain
What’s that? I thought I heard you saying my name

Nothing I can do
I always think of you
The reaper
The reaper came too soon
Randy Smith (Older Brother)
March 25th, 2009
Great Blues Guitarist and a great person; he is missed every day. Another musician playing in Heaven.
Randy Smith (Brother)
February 16th, 2009
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"In memory of Gary Smith"
Crystal Farnsworth
December 28th, 2010
"A candle In Memory of Gary Smith."
Randy Smith
February 16th, 2009


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