In Loving Memory…

Kim Smith

Kim Owen Smith of Elsinore California died on November 26, 2019 at Saint Joseph Hospital in Orange, California. He is survived by his son James Christian Smith of Brea, California, his sister Melinda Eve Smith of Corona, California, his father Robert E. Smith of Sedalia, Missouri and the love of his life Susan Mann of the home. He was preceded in death by his mother Ethelene D. Smith.

He was born in Phoenix, Arizona on October 18, 1952. He was one of two children born to Robert E. Smith and Ethelene D. (Owen) Smith. He graduated from Marina High School in Huntington Beach, California in 1970. He was a graduate of the University of California at Irvine with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History and he did graduate work in film making at Southern California University in Los Angeles. He was a veteran having served with the United States Army.

Kim lived with his parents at their home in Huntington Beach, California, after graduating from High School until he went into the Army. After graduating from the University he worked for Disneyland in Anaheim, California. Kim was a scholar of American History with a passion for writing. He had a penchant for Science Fiction and involved himself in it extensively, He wrote on a wide variety of analytical historical world events, the most notable being the movie Britannica. His writing career was curtailed because of his failing eyesight caused by the ravages of Glaucoma, after that he devoted his life to his family and to the betterment of his failing health. In the summer of 2019 he was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma which led to his death.

Visitation will be from 10:30 a.m. until 12:00 noon Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at Mt. Herman Baptist Church north of Sedalia, where the funeral will be held at 12:00 noon Wednesday. Rev. Robert Sisney will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Herman Cemetery.

The family suggests memorial donations to your favorite charity in care of Heckart Funeral Home.


  1. Elle Wasson Duggan

    How honoring this is of Kim and his life. He was truly gifted with s beautiful mind and blessed with a loving family.

  2. In 1982, when I first moved to California from New York, I knew very few people here. The first friend I made in Los Angeles was a very lucky find: someone with both wide knowledge and tireless curiosity, an inexhaustable ability to have an interesting discussion on almost any topic, and a wacky sense of humor. Of course it was Kim Smith. Kim was then a fellow classmate at USC, and I enjoyed collaborating with this creative Californian on many projects, Kim even starring (to very good effect!) in one of my student films. Over the next 37 years, Kim and I enjoyed many adventures together, both throughout southern California and in New York, where Kim stayed with my family and got to interact with America’s biggest city — a place full of history, Kim’s bread and butter. More recently, Kim worked with me at my little antiques shop in LA, though we never got much work completed when we were together as there was always so much to talk about. Kim, with his historian’s sensibility, was a natural around antiques, and he made fast friends with the people who would visit my shop, both customers and colleagues. Those that I have already told of his passing have all said the same thing: “What a great guy.” Kim was a considerable influence on my life and way of thinking, and very much a one-of-a-kind person, someone who can never be replaced. I am grateful to have had a chance, last week, to see him one last time. Thank you, Susan, for reaching me in time for me to visit and see my old friend. My emotional condolences go out to all who are grieving his loss, as I am. I will dearly miss my first California friend.
    — Sam Kaufman

  3. Millie & Charley Curry

    Bob, we are thinking of you and send prayers of peace. May all of your wonderful memories of Kim help ease the pain of his loss.

  4. Charlotte Curry

    Bob, so very sorry about the loss of your son. May God help guide you to peace.

  5. I knew Kim for some time but not long enough, we talked for hours about movies, books, history but not long enough, we would sit and laugh about funny things that happened but not long enough, he would come up with a good idea for a story or a movie and we would see where they would go but we needed more time to finish them, we would go to Comic Con or a book signing or some other fun place but there were lots more places to see, there never seems to be enough time when you’re with someone you who thinks like you do and feels the same way about things and someone you love, but I will always remember those times fondly and wish there had been more, now he is gone from us but I think that we will meet those we love in some future place where we can see them and hear them laugh and all the other things that made those times together so wonderful and maybe just maybe there will be a lot more, perhaps we can be free of our mortal bodies and go wherever we want to go? And if that’s the case I would love to see my old buddy once more and together we can ride the Sandworms of Arrakis, dive into the depths with Captain Nemo, fly through the stars with Skywalker, solve mysteries with Holmes, desecrate an Egyptian tomb, travel the green hills of Middle Earth, run from the Wolfman, grab a torch to seek out the Frankenstein monster and travel up river to the Black Lagoon or maybe just sit beside the canals of Mars and come up with wonderful movie scripts or maybe best of all to just have another good laugh.
    Love you Kim.

  6. In the summer of 1978, Kim and I worked as counselors at a YMCA camp in Big Bear Lake. We became good friends after working that summer together, but we soon lost touch. It wasn’t until almost ten years later when we met again. It seemed like no time had passed at all , and since then, for the last forty years or so, we have remained close friends. In the eighties we once again worked together at an outdoor education camp in Big Bear Lake. There we spent many long nights having great times immersed in long conversations about science fiction, history, literature and life in general.

    Soon afterwards we started collaborating on writing projects and have been in constant contact, even though I live some thousand miles from So Cal. We also had numerous chances to travel together, to places like Breckenridge, Colorado,Yosemite, Sequoia Park, and Big Bear Lake,Ca. . I knew Kim as a close friend, a witty and humorous person with a very kind and loving heart, and also a mentor.

    I shall miss my dear friend immensely and there will always be a special place in my heart for the loving memory of him.
    Kim, thanks for your friendship, knowing you truly made this world a better place for me. May God Bless you and protect you Kim, till we meet again.

    Your Friend
    John Mark Maio

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