Light up a life: remembering Jon Smith

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ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) – Most remember Jon Smith for his work with youth sports in Abilene but his family remember him for being so much more; a husband, a father, and a brother.

His daughter Tucker Smith says her and her father had a special relationship, almost as if they were best friends.

“When I would introduce him to people,before hand, I would be like, ‘You’re about to meet the male version of me,” said Tucker Smith.

Jon’s wife Nadene Smith says Jon had a great love for his family, never missing a single event of his daughter Tucker’s life.

“Jon Smith was the best father I had ever seen, I don’t think he missed a piano recital, a softball, basketball, volleyball, any kind of sporting game,” said Nadene Smith. “Jon Smith was involved in every area of Tucker’s life.”

Jon Smith was diagnosed with cancer in 2012, but was determined to keep living his life to the fullest.

“It helped us figure out the meaning of life a little bit sooner than we would have,” said Nadene Smith.

Jon Smith lived for six years following his diagnosis, the few days spent at Hendrick Hospice.

“The facility was just so peaceful and so welcoming,” said Nadene Smith. “The nurses, the administrators, the heart of the organization was exactly aligned with what john and I believed in and that was serve and be a servant to people so there was no other option for Hendrick Hospice care for us.”

Nadene Smith spent several years working for Hendrick Hospice and says she knew exactly where she wanted to Jon to spend his last few days, describing the center and the people there as family and a place they could call home.

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