[UPDATED with Board's Memories:] Chuck Smith--No, Not That Chuck Smith; We Mean the Former County Supervisor--Dies

Categories: Politics
See the update at the end of this post about county supervisors remembering Smith before adjourning today's Board meeting in his honor.

ORIGINAL POST, OCT. 1, 2:18 P.M.: Charles V. "Chuck" Smith, who as an Orange County supervisor during the Weekly's toddler years became our face for good (advocating for needy children) and bad (proposing a polluting, 24-hour-a-day, international commercial airport where the El Toro Marine base used to be), has died. Suffering from a variety of ailments, Smith passed away from natural causes while in hospice care at Country Villa nursing home in Murrieta. He was 80.

See also:

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Smith, who served on the Board of Supervisors from 1997 to 2005, two of them as board chairman. He was already known to many in the county from his stints on the Westminster City Council, including serving as mayor, and the Children and Families Commission of Orange County.

But he turned up most on the Weekly radar for his staunch support of the airport at El Toro, which made him one of our scariest people even before we created the annual Orange County's Scariest People issue.

Smith is survived by his wife, Nancy Smith; four children, Robin Summers, 59, of Denver; Jeff Smith, 51, of Murrieta; Stacy Munoz, 45, of Roundrock, Texas; and Scott Smith, 39, of Gallatin, Tennessee; and 11 grandchildren. An Oct. 14 memorial at the Rose Center in Westminster is tentatively scheduled.

UPDATE, OCT. 2, 2:14 P.M.: The Orange County Board of Supervisors adjourned today's meeting in honor of late supervisor Chuck Smith, who apparently kept tabs on the Board and the First District he used to represent beyond his board tenure.

Supervisor Janet Nguyen, who now represents the Fightin' First, mentioned this during member comments, and Third District Supervisor Bill Campbell and Board Chairman John Moorlach also shared stories about Smith today.

A statement from the county follows on the next page . . .

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