Randall L. Smith
Randall L. Smith Randall L. Smith, 66, of Jim Thorpe, a loved husband, son, father and brother, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 14. He was the husband of Gail P. (Marks) Smith of Jim Thorpe; son of Edith (Heckman) Smith, 94, of Jim Thorpe; and father to Katie Smith and Lee Smith, both of New York, N.Y. Randy was an avid outdoorsman, athlete, civic leader and family man. Born in Palmerton and raised in Jim Thorpe by his parents, Floyd and Edith Smith. along with his sister, Cheryl (Smith) Popek, Randy graduated in 1968 from Jim Thorpe Area High School and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Penn State University. After obtaining a master's degree in social work from Marywood College in 1975, he worked in healthcare for two decades, first as director of Social Services and Mental Health Services at Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital, Lehighton, and later as administrator of Gnaden Huetten Nursing and Convalescent Center, Lehighton, all while maintaining a side practice in private counseling. Randy also owned and operated PS Personal Care Services, an assisted living facility in Carbon County, for approximately 10 years along with his wife, sister Cheryl, and brother-in law, Ted Popek, of Lehighton. Subsequent to his career in healthcare, Randy served as the Carbon County Administrator/Chief Clerk until his retirement in 2011. Throughout his life, Randy was focused on contributing to the local community. Some of his many civic affiliations included the Jim Thorpe Rotary Club; JTASD Board of Directors; LCCC Board of Trustees; Dimmick Memorial Library Advisory Board; Anna Helbing Scholarship Committee; Mauch Chunk Hero Selection Committee; and the Gnaden Huetten Memorial Hospital Advisory Council. He also oversaw the Jim Thorpe Rotary Summer Park Program for local youths, which is now entering its 21st year. Randy was a dedicated member of Christ United Church of Christ, Jim Thorpe, where he served on the consistory and hosted an annual venison dinner for the local community. Enjoying nature and maintaining an active lifestyle were among Randy's greatest passions. His father, Floyd Smith, imparted a joy of hunting, fishing and hiking, all of which Randy enjoyed until his passing. Randy also loved biking, kayaking, gardening, making maple syrup, and spending time with his best friend, Gail. Service: Funeral service 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 18, Christ UCC, Fourth and Center streets, Jim Thorpe. Interment, St. Joseph Parish Cemetery, Jim Thorpe. Call 6-8 o'clock tonight, Edward F. Melber Funeral Home, 524 Center St., Jim Thorpe.
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