Dr. Vann A. Smith (Doc), 62, a resident of Mountain Home passed away Sunday, December 25, 2011, in Mountain Home.
Dr. Smith was born February 18, 1949, in San Bernardino, California to William Alfred and Genevieve Margaret White Smith. At the age of 5, he started playing the fiddle and won several awards throughout his childhood, including the Idaho State Fiddling Championship at age 17. During his youth, he was an active member of boy scouts and 4H, where he showed cattle and swine. In high school, he won many awards for track and field, baseball, football and basketball. After graduating from Cambridge High School in 1968, Dr. Smith attended Idaho State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science and Master’s degrees. Continuing his education, Dr. Smith received his Ph.D. in Neuropsychology from the United States International University in San Diego in 1975.
Dr. Smith joined the United States Navy serving as the house staff neuropsychologist, Chief of Neurosciences at Great Lake, Illinois and as the research neuroscientist with the United States Navy Office of Naval Research. He was commissioned in 1991 as a Commander in the Medical Service Corps as a Reserve Officer with the Office of Naval Research in Washington, D.C. Dr. Smith was a Gulf War Veteran. Dr. Smith’s practice in Mountain Home, Arkansas since August of 1994 focused on traumatic brain injury, stroke, and other disorders of the brain. He was involved in many organizations that deal with traumatic brain injury and stroke.
He married Bonniebelle Ann Hanson on April 24, 1982, in Libertyville, Illinois. He was a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mountain Home. Dr. Smith loved fly fishing, golf, target shooting, karate, chess, playing the violin and caring for his pets. Dr. Smith is preceded in death by his parents and a sister, Bridget Susan Smith.
Survivors include his wife of 29 years, Bonnie Smith of Mountain Home; a daughter, Bridget Smith of Mountain Home; a son, William Dayton of West Bend, Wisconsin; three grandchildren, Annabelle, Lucy and Raemona Dayton, all of West Bend, Wisconsin and numerous other relatives and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m., Friday, December 30, 2011, at the Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mountain Home with the Rev. Carl Cook officiating. Burial will be private under the direction of Conner-Hankins Funeral Home.
A gathering of family and friends will be from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, December 29, 2011, at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Perry’s Orphan Sanctuary, 1031 County Road 144, Oakland, Arkansas 72661.
The online obituary and guestbook are available at www.conner-hankinsfuneralhome.com.