Austin Dale Smith

(September 26, 1989 - May 24, 2002)

The Lusk Herald
May, 2002

Austin Dale Smith

Memorial services for Austin Dale Smith, 12, were held June 1, 2002, at the First Wyoming United Presbyterian Church in Torrington with the Rev. Thomas Hall officiating. Burial followed in Valley View Cemetery. Services will also be held in Laramie June 3, 2002, at the Presbyterian Church.

Austin Smith died May 24, 2002, at Shriners Burn Institute in Galveston, Texas.

Austin was born Sept. 26, 1989, at F.E. Warren Air Force Base in Cheyenne, the son of Paul W. and Cary L. (Berry) Smith.

He was a sixth grader at Indian Paintbrush Elementary School in Laramie at the time of his death. He was active in 4-H, Cub Scouts, Torrington Little League and church. As a member of 4-H, he participated in shooting sports, dog training, leathercraft, and photography. He won second place in the 4-H air pistol competition at state when he was 10. He was also awarded best of show honors at the county fair for his photography work. He enjoyed playing baseball, soccer, and basketball. He enjoyed rollerblading, riding bicycles and eating pizza with the pepperoni on top.

One of the biggest joys in his life was his little brother, Gentry, whom he baby sat and showed off to anyone he could corner.

Survivors include his parents; brother, grandmother, Ruth Berry of Sheridan; grandparents Charles Ray and Peggy Smith of Fayetteville, Tenn.; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandfather, Oral D. "Shorty" Berry and his great grandparents.

Those who wish may direct memorial contributions to Pinnacle Bank, 2000 Main St., Torrington, where a fund has been established for children's health care research.

Colyer Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

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