Frederick Karl Smoot of San Francisco passed away Thursday, Nov. 8. He was 73. Mr. Smoot was born Sept. 25, 1939, in Santa Barbara, Calif., the only child of Angeline “Peggy” and Marvin Smoot. The family moved to San Francisco soon after, where Mr. Smoot spent the remainder of his life. After high school and a stint in the U.S. Coast Guard, Mr. Smoot followed in his father’s footsteps and worked as a projectionist in the San Francisco area. In 1964, he married and they had four children, Elizabeth Krizenesky, Kristina Martin and Erick Smoot, and a few years later Monica Tinsley Smith joined the family. In 1995, he married Patty Sokolecki and they lived with their two cats, Willie and Oliver, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Mr. Smoot was an extremely intelligent man, and throughout his life he delighted in all things enlightening. He furthered his education at the University of California, did extensive genealogic research for the family and was interested in everything. He was also a talented artist and did many projects in pen and ink, oils and metal. They day before his death he was doing sketches for his next project. In 2007 he was diagnosed with pulmonary fibrosis. He leaves his wife Patty; his children Liz (and Joe) Krizenesky, Kris Martin, Erick (and Nicole) Smoot, Monica (and Derek) Smith; and four grandchildren, Melissa McNair, Parker and Bailey Martin, Mathena Smith; and extended family members Cathi Rawley, Phillip Dionne and Hunter Brokaw. Services will be held at the Columbarium in San Francisco Friday, Nov. 16 at 10 a.m. An additional memorial service will be held in Newport, time to be announced next week.
Published in the Newport Miner (Newport, WA) 14 Nov 2012, p. 6-B