Frank F Smith
October 14th, 1945 - July 7th, 2023
In the early hours of July 7, 2023, Frank Ford Smith peacefully passed away in the home he shared with his loving partner of 35 years, Pat Blake. Pat and Pat’s sister, Jackie Street, were by his side.
Frank served in the United States Air Force 1/10/1966 – 4/4/1968 as a combat engineer. After his service Frank moved to Salt Lake City and eventually moved to southeast Idaho. Frank became part business owner of Eagle Rock Business Systems as a cash register salesman/repairman and later went to I-Tec Business Systems and finding a career as an IT Specialist at Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Hospital for over 20 years. Frank formed C.V. World, LLC.
Frank was passionate about the Military and specifically Veterans. He was involved in many local Veterans organizations, was President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Post 972, as well as being on the State Council American Legion Post 56. He was Founder and President of The American Legion Riders Association for the State of Idaho and President of the Snake River Chapter at the time of his passing. Frank also played an integral role in establishing the Idaho Falls Vietnam Memorial in Russ Freeman Park.
Frank had a passion for anything mechanical and was computer savvy, and in 2015, Frank used his talents to start the Veterans Mobility Corporation, a service that gives mobility back to injured Veterans by providing them electric power wheelchairs. In just 8 short years, Frank gave 378 chairs to veterans, civilians, and children to give mobility and assist in providing a better quality of life. Brett Waters worked with Frank refurbishing many electric wheelchairs and delivering them to those in need. Brett always thought of Frank as a father figure. Brett and Frank’s son, Brad and several others are continuing to serve the Veterans in our community with the Veteran’s Mobility Corporation. The community thanks you for continuing this wonderful service.
Frank was known for his hard work, his kindness, his dedication, his famous stories, and positive outlook. Frank never hesitated to help anyone with anything. Frank was never one for the spotlight though. He delighted in the joy and happiness of others, and he never asked for anything in return.
We are blessed that Frank was part of our lives. Frank was a sensational man, and his memory will live in our hearts forever.
Please join Frank’s family and friends in a Celebration of Life at the Vietnam Memorial in Russ Freeman on Saturday, September 30, 2023, at 3:00PM.