J.K. (Keith) Smith

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Keith Smith was born on July 12, 1933 to Ketha and James Smith, small business persons, in Pincher Creek, Alberta. He passed away in Drayton Valley, Alberta on June 25, 2002 after a brief illness. He was laid to rest in Cowley, Alberta, his childhood home, on June 29, 2002.

Keith's first survey experience was on a seismic crew in northern Alberta where he met Army MacCrimmon and, at that time, decided he wanted to be a surveyor. His first taste of land surveying was with Don Dawson working on road surveys in the Crowsnest Pass with the Alberta Department of Highways.

After a short stint at the University of Alberta, Keith attended the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1955-1956 in the Surveying and Drafting Technology program. It was here that he met his future partner for life, Barbara Ann Marr of Lloydminster. They were married in 1956 and raised four children.

Keith articled to D. Rae Sutherland obtaining his commission as an Alberta Land Surveyor on October 28, 1959. Subsequently, he obtained commissions as a Canada Lands Surveyor and a Saskatchewan Land Surveyor.

In 1960, Keith formed a partnership with A.S. Dozzi in Edmonton and practiced primarily in the oil and gas industry for several years. Later, he returned to Canadian Engineering Surveys where he was involved on offshore projects in the Arctic and other oilfield activities. He worked on the first offshore pad out of Inuvik, NWT during this period. In 1986, Keith opened his own office in Drayton Valley where he practiced until his death. He was very dedicated to the survey profession and was active in his corporation until the day before he passed away.

Keith was a regular attendee at all Association conventions and participated on several committees over the years. He was always ready to discuss survey problems and surveying was clearly his life interest.

In addition to his professional career, Keith was an avid sportsman. As a member of the Glendale Golf and Country Club, he spent many hours on the links. He rarely, if ever, missed the opportunity to attend the annual ALSA golf tournament and was normally in the prizes. He was very competitive in any sport he became involved in. After moving to Drayton Valley, he became involved in slow-pitch softball and was invited to play with several teams at the provincial level. Fourteen weekend tournaments a summer were a regular for him the last several years.

Hugh E. Impey, ALS (Hon. Life)