Walter M. Smith, 81, died peacefully April 6, 2018 at Fairfax Inova Hospital. He was born May 26, 1936 in Worcester, Massachusetts to Richard A. Smith and Helen Heath Smith. He was a member of Northborough High School class of 1954 and ultimately, went on to receive a master's degree from Central Michigan University.
He entered the U.S. Army in 1961, served two tours of duty in the Vietnam War, and was twice awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Valor. He retired from the Army in 1979 as Lt. Col., Chief of Military Personnel for the Intelligence and Security Command (INSCOM). In 1980, he became the Director of Human Resources for Loudoun County.
Upon his retirement from local government, much of his time was devoted to volunteer work with the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club (PATC), serving as past chapter and club president, as well as district manager. Throughout his life, he served his church in multiple capacities, including organist, choir master, vestry member, youth leader, scoutmaster, and ward mission leader. He lived a full and joyful life; camping, traveling, connecting with family/friends, Facebooking, trail overseeing, mentoring, and taking photographs. He will be greatly missed by his family and his many friends.
A memorial service will be held April 28th at 3pm at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Potomac Crossing Ward, 801 Balls Bluf Rd., N.E., Leesburg, VA 20176. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Potomac Appalachian Trail Club at patc.net.