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John Smithson

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John Smithson, 77, formerly of Grass Valley and Nevada City, died March 9 in Conroe, Texas.

After spending 15 years in Alaska, Mr. Smithson retired in 1978 from Alaska Teamsters Local No. 959 and spent many years traveling extensively.

He is survived by his wife, Jean LaValley Smithson of Panorama Village, Texas; children John Jr. of Anchorage, Alaska, Jean Butterfield of Yuba City, Melvin Smithson of Orlando, Fla., Charles Smithson of Houston and Millie McDuffey of Panorama Village, Texas; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Charles Smithson Multiple Sclerosis Fund, P.O. Box 332, Willis, Texas 77378.

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