1923 - December 30, 2007
Austin Ray Smuin died Dec. 30, 2007, at home in Grand Junction. He was 79 years old.
He was born July 6, 1928, in Vernal, Utah, to George Gilbert Smuin and Nellie Ray Slaugh. He and his six siblings grew up in the Uintah Basin area of Utah.
Austin started full-time work at the age 16 as a cowboy on various ranches in the Piceance Creek and Kannah Creek drainages in western Colorado.
It was at a dance at the old Purdy Mesa Schoolhouse up Kannah Creek where he met his future wife Edna Wright. They were married in 1948 and later became the proud parents of six children, Marilyn, David, Tamara, Jamie, Tanya and Georgia.
After a brief stint as a uranium miner in the Gateway area, Austin started driving a truck and worked as a truck driver in western Colorado and eastern Utah for 20 years. Later, he went back to ranching in the Meeker and Maybell areas of western Colorado where he also worked as a Moffat County road grader operator until he retired in 1992.
In 1994, after Edna retired from the Maybell postmaster position, they moved to Grand Junction to be closer to family. Austin had a lifelong passion for hunting, fishing, wildlife photography and all things outdoors. He is remembered as a kind and loving man with an easy-going, capable manner. He excelled at handy crafts and wood carving.
Austin was preceded in death by his wife Edna, son Jamie, grandson Eric, sister Cleo, and brother Dennis. He is survived by five children, five grandchildren, several great-grand children, his sisters Vera, Gilda and Wanda, and brothers Bob and Sharon. No funeral services will be held; however, there will be a memorial service to be announced in the spring. Please make donations to Hospice and Palliative Care of Western Colorado in lieu of flowers.