Larry Smith, 55, died Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2007 at his Idyllwild home.

Born in Dallas, Texas, he was raised in Riverside.

Mr. Smith moved to Idyllwild in 1969. He joined the U.S. Forest Service in July of that year and spent his career in the San Jacinto Ranger District before retiring as an engine foreman in May 1998.

After retiring, he began a second career as a local handyman and worked in construction. He spent the winter weekends with family and friends in Ocotillo Wells.

A gathering of family and friends begins at 10 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 28 at the family home.

Mr. Smith is survived by his wife, Karen; a son, Benjamin; two daughters, Amanda Lynn and Shayla; a brother, Richard; three sisters, Penn, Mary Elizabeth and Kellie; and his father, Dr. Marion L. Smith. He was predeceased by his mother, Mary Patricia Smith of Idyllwild.