Steven James Smith was born into this world April 8, 1964. Steve lived 53 years as a cherished son, adored husband and beloved father. Steve’s battle with cancer came to an end on Dec. 7, 2017, at his home on Slate Creek, Idaho, surrounded by the love of his family. His time with us will be forever treasured in our hearts. His legacy of humble character and true kindness is perpetuated by his family and friends. He was as kind as he was strong, as caring as he was capable, and as hardworking as he was gentle.
A troublemaker and a Pyro, Steve spent his childhood years dropping cherry bombs into toilets, experimenting with gunpowder, recreating the opening scene to Bonanza and countless other acts of reckless debauchery in Sparks, Nev. Never a great study, Steve only read a single book, Old Yeller, as a child and would rewrite his report for his teachers every year. This sort of witty behavior would stick with him for the rest of his years and was a most endearing quality that he possessed. As a teen, Steve could be found out in the sagebrush with his beloved Uncle Carl as they hunted for game both big and small. Their harvest would be shared with the entire family under the culinary expertise of his mother Josephine and Aunt Angie. His strong Italian heritage gave Steve a warm and loving home.
A master of his trade, Steve could fix just about anything set in front of him. He had an incredible mind for the way machines operated and worked on everything from lawn mowers and ATV’s to excavators and 250 ton haul trucks. His mechanical proficiency was offered to the community of White Bird, Idaho, as the lone mechanic at Hoot’s Auto. His knowledge and experience matched with his generosity and kindness gained Steve a trusted and vital role in the community. His dedicated customers will attest to his abilities as a mechanic and his character as a friend. Community was a very important thing to Steve. He volunteered his time to the Salmon River Rural Fire department, a position he thoroughly enjoyed, as well as to numerous events and parades in the community.
Steve was paired in life with his loving wife of 31 years, Shawn McCamant. Their love and devotion towards one another transcends the scope of humanity and is everlasting. They were blessed with two sons, Sam and Jonas, with whom they shared unremunerated adventures. Suburbia would not do for Steve and his family; they possessed a love for the outdoors and a desire for country life. After years of searching, Steve and Shawn found a small house on Slate Creek in Idaho with everything they had ever imagined right outside their door. After one trip they knew that Paradise had been found. Steve, Shawn and the family spent the next eleven years working on their property to get it just right. Their beautiful piece of Paradise is a testament to their hard work and imagination.
Steve follows into the next world behind his beloved aunt and uncle, Angie and Carl Kujath; and biological father, Roger Smith. He is survived by his mother and father, Josephine and James Smith; father and mother-in-law, John and Martha McCamant; siblings, Lisa and Carl Stone, Stan and Shawna Smith, David and Lisa McCamant, Danny and Lori McCamant, Guy McCamant, Heather and John Bernhard; his paramour, Shawn Smith; his children, Sam Smith, Jonas and Chandra Smith; his two grandsons, Ian and Owen; and nieces and nephews, Kira and Lexi Stone, Stephanie Duff, Dawson Smith, Sawyer, Josh, and Cadence Bernhard and Jeffery McCamant.
Steve will be forever missed. Our memories forever cherished. His love forever blessed.
A celebration of Steve’s life will be held at the Rebekahs/IOOF Hall in White Bird, Idaho, on Dec. 14, 2017 at 1 p.m. (PDT). All are welcome and encouraged to come and share their stories and love for Steve.
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