In Memoriam: Otis Joseph Smith


Otis Joseph Smith. Photo provided by Mike Smith

Otis Joseph Smith passed away at home in San Marcos, California, on Thursday, Apr. 25, 2019.

Otis was born in Youngstown, Ohio, on June 30, 1939. He graduated from Canfield High School in Canfield, Ohio, and attended Youngstown State University, where he met his wife, Margaret “Peggy” Smith.

Otis is survived by his two sons, Michael and Darren, six grandchildren and four sisters, Emily, Jan, Pat and Mary.

Otis and Peggy moved to California in 1986, where he resumed his sales career until 2011 retiring in Canyon Lake, CA. Otis and his wife of 49 years lived in Canyon Lake, where he was an active member and Grand Knight for the Knights of Columbus at St. Francis of Rome Catholic Church. Both Otis and Peggy participated and supported many local charitable organizations.

Funeral mass and reception will be held on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at Mission San Luis Rey at 4050 Mission Ave., Oceanside, CA 92057. A Rosary will be held prior to the service at 1 p.m. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in memory of Otis Smith to City of Hope Cancer Center, 1500 East Duarte Rd. Duarte, CA 91010.