The Seward Phoenix Log - News of the Eastern Kenai Peninsula since 1966

Warren Eugene Smith - Aug. 9, 1950 - Dec. 5, 2014


Longtime Seward resident, Warren Eugene Smith, 64, died Dec. 5, 2014 at Seward Mountain Haven Assisted Living after a long term illness.

Smith was born Aug. 9, 1950 in Massillon, Ohio. He graduated from Barrington High School in Barrington, Ill. He moved to Alaska in the early '70s where he first lived in Fairbanks until finally making Seward his home. Smith worked as a marine mechanic, worked on a fishing boat and also prospected for gold here and there. In the off season he drove cab in Seward and also worked in the canneries. Smith volunteered for the Salvation Army, loved an adventure, loved the outdoors and loved playing his trumpet.

The family wrote, "Warren Eugene Smith at an early age displayed a preference for the outdoors, adventurous and an unconventional life style. Although he was very bright, school was a prison to him. As soon as he could escape from school or the house he was outside playing with his buddies. They built a three-story fort, dug tunnels and roamed the vacant fields. His family knew early on that upscale city life was not meant for him. His teenage years during the '60s were turbulent. He liked fast cars, fast girls and bad company. Upon reaching legal age and upon the advice of his attorney, Warren headed north much to the relief of his parents. It was in Alaska that Warren finally found what he was looking for. He became a man. He was a mountain man who was born 200 years too late. He lived his life on his own terms. His family and friends will forever miss his humor, his trumpet playing, his story of escapes, adventures, travel to foreign lands, and the bad company he met along the way. Vaya con Dios."

He was preceded in death by his mother, Ione Rita Smith.

He is survived by his sister, Carol E. (WM John) Mufich of Rocklin, Calif.; nephew, Michael Warren (April) Mufich of Roseville, Calif.; grandniece, Macy Bella Mufich of Roseville, Calif.; father, Eugene Richard Smith of Prescott, Ariz.; cousins, Warren Howard Smith, Sr. of Austin, Texas, Leslie Sand and Dr. Kevin Sand of Decorah, Iowa, Jill and Scott Richmond of Orange, Calif., Wendy Smith Linville of Fla., Patricia and Alex Higgins of Ketchum, Idaho and Edward Smith of Ore.

Memorial services were Dec. 17. Chaplin Duane Chase officiated.

He will be buried at the Seward City Cemetery at a later date.

Arrangements made by Peninsula Memorial Chapel & Crematory. Smith's online guestbook is at


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