To view John's Memorial Service, Click Here. To view John's Tribute Video, Click Here. John F. Smith, age 51, of Oro Valley, Arizona, died March 29, 2013, at his home after a courageous battle with cancer. John was born on February 2, 1962, in Nevada, Iowa, the son of John and Karen Smith. He grew up in Jefferson, Iowa, where he graduated from high school in 1980. John completed his B.S. in Animal Science in 1984 and his M.S. in 1986 at Northwest Missouri State University in Maryville, Missouri. In 1989, he completed his Ph.D. in Dairy Science at the University of Missouri. From 1989 to 1995, John was an Extension Dairy Specialist, Associate Professor, at New Mexico State University in Las Cruces, New Mexico. He then continued his career at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas, as an Extension Dairy Specialist, Professor, from 1995 to 2011. In 2011, John moved to Arizona to finish out his career at the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. In 1993 and 1994, John was awarded the Salt of the Earth Award from the Dairy Producers of New Mexico, In 2000 he was awarded the Midwest Outstanding Young Extension Specialist Award, in 2002 the DeLaval Dairy Extension award, in 2008 he was selected as Western Dairy Business Magazine's Outstanding Dairy Educator/Researcher, and in 2010 John was recognized with the Jefferson Iowa Bell Tower of Fame Award for his efforts in dairy education and research. John's professional interests and research centered around cow comfort, heat stress, milking parlor performance, and management of expanding dairies. He was a Co-Founder of the Western Dairy Management Conference and High Plains Dairy Management Conference. John worked throughout the United States and internationally assisting producers with the development of efficient dairy operations. John was a lifelong hunter and fisherman. He experienced hunting or fishing trips with dear friends in Alaska, Canada, South Africa, and many other unique and interesting places. One of his favorite passions was hunting with friends in Missouri, Iowa, and Kansas. John was an avid fan of the Northwest Missouri State University Bearcats and the Kansas State University Wildcats. His greatest love, however, was spending time with his two beautiful daughters. On August 10, 1985, John married Debbie Schieber. She survives him of the home. Additional survivors include their two daughters: Jordan Smith of Corvallis, Oregon, and Hope Smith of the home; his parents, John and Karen Smith of Jefferson, Iowa; three sisters, Rhonda (Joe) Coffman of Carroll, Iowa, Debbie (Bob) Sees of Lee's Summit, MO, and Diane Smith of Wichita, KS, many dear in-laws, nieces, and nephews. A scholarship for Animal Science majors at Northwest Missouri State University has been established in memory of John. Memorial contributions may be made to "Northwest Foundation - John F. Smith Memorial Scholarship" and mailed to the Northwest Foundation, 800 University Dr., Maryville, MO 64468.