John Berlin Smith, 90, passed away July 24, 2012, in California. He passed quietly after a stroke.
He was born Februaty 15, 1922, in Greene Co TN.
Johnny enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1942, reporting to Parris Island, S.C., for boot camp. He was then stationed at Lake Hurst, N.J., for a year and then at Camp Pendleton, Calif., for three months before transferring to Guam.
He spent six months training on Guam before embarking on February 23, 1945, to participate in the invasion of Iwo Jima. He was wounded twice and was awarded two purple hearts.
Johnny returned from the war and married Barbara Dearstone, his wife of 66 years. They moved to California in 1956 to raise their two sons, and have resided there ever since.
He was a carpenter before he became assistant chief engineer for West Anaheim Medical Center, where he worked until he retired.
He was a devoted husband, father, and grandfather. He loved to garden and always had a project going.
Johnny was greatly loved and respected and will be greatly missed.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara; his son, Daniel; two grandsons, Landon and Corey; three sisters, Eva Elrod, Pauline Shelton, and Velta Riley; one brother, Milburn Smith; and several nieces and nephews.
Published in Orange County Register on August 2, 2012