Scott M. Smith

Scott Michael Smith, age 69, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2022 following a courageous battle with cancer at his home in Dumfries, Virginia.

He was born May 12, 1953 to Norma (Wilson) and George Smith. He was a 1971 graduate of Springfield Local High School and a 1975 graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, where he met and married the love of his life, Janet. He also earned a Master of Arts in French & Soviet History from the University of Washington.

Scott served as an officer in the United States Air Force, retiring in 1996 after 25 years of service. During this period, he was a C130 pilot, an instructor at the Air Force Academy and as the Executive Officer to the Secretary of the Air Force Administrative Assistant. He flew missions during Operations Desert Storm and Desert Shield. He then worked for Delta Airlines as a pilot for 20 years, retiring in 2018.

Scott was proud of his Christian faith and was an active church leader and member. He volunteered for many years as a Boy Scout leader, earning the Silver Beaver service award. Scott participated in the Air Force Academy Drum & Bugle Corp as a cadet and had recently helped to organize and participate in their 50th anniversary celebration.

An avid traveler, Scott explored fifty-nine countries throughout his professional and personal life. He loved scuba diving with Janet and was a certified scuba instructor. He completed numerous woodworking projects in his shop. Scott brewed beer for many years and always had a home-brew on tap to share with family and friends, especially when cheering for his favorite team, the Pittsburgh Steelers.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Janet (Lopez) Smith; children, Jennifer McGuire (Bryan), Scott Michael Smith II; grandchildren, Ruth McGuire and Johndavid McGuire; mother, Norma Smith; brother, George (Skip) Smith; and sisters, Elizabeth Burleson (Polk), Tracy Balen (Alan) and Camille Gilbert (Adam).

Memorials may be directed to Trail Life: https://www.traillifeusa. com/donate

Herald-Star, Steubenville, Ohio  |  October 11, 2022



From Stan Collins: It is with a heavy heart that I pass along the news that Scott’s final glide path has ended. I have no details to relate about his passing. I do know that he had a stage IV brain tumor removed several months ago and subsequently underwent the best treatments available. In recent days he had another surgery to drain fluid from his brain area, and very shortly after that he rapidly declined.

I feel my own mortality much keener now with this news.

Scott was a cherished former roommate, accomplished officer and aviator, a leader in all of his endeavors, generous with his time and talents, a well travelled citizen of the world, a loving husband, father, and grandfather, and a very good friend.

Rick Layman will be generating a GBNF write up.