Date: Nov 01, 2014
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John B. Smith, 84, father of WG Senior Vice Chairman of the Board Vic Smith, passed away Sunday, October 12, in Yuma, AZ, from complications due to an extended illness.  John was the founder and chairman of Skyview Cooling Company, a member of JV Smith Companies, based in Yuma, AZ.

Born September 16, 1930, in Madison, MO, John moved to Pueblo, CO, in 1950 where he met and married Edna Pauline Vinci in 1951.  John received his bachelor's degree from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1953.  He graduated from law school at Denver University in 1956.  In 1960, he was elected district attorney of the 12th Judicial District in Colorado and served in that capacity for 10 years.

In 1970, John established Skyview Cooling Company, a cooling and distribution operation that had facilities in Alamosa, CO and Las Cruces, NM and would eventually expand to Soledad, CA, and Yuma, AZ.

In the 1980s, John pioneered Agricola El Toro, a farming operation in Mexico which is now an industry leader in growing, packing and shipping premium quality organic vegetables that supply the American markets.

In 1990, he established Skyline Potato Company, a potato packing operation in Center, CO.  He then formed Southern Colorado Farms in 1994 and began farming organic carrots, lettuce and spinach.  At the time of his death, his vision and efforts resulted in operations employing over 750 people.

Known for his generosity, strength, intelligence, courage, vision and, most beloved of all, his entertaining personality, John’s legacy will continue through his family and the companies he so dearly loved.

John Smith is survived by his wife of 63 years, Edna; his children Lori (Marty) Adams of Pueblo, CO; Vic (Karen) of Yuma, AZ; John (Carolyn) of Tucson, AZ; and Nicki of Albuquerque, NM.  He is also survived by 11 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

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