Lindsey Keith Smith was born in Southern California and moved with his family to Western Colorado while he was still a toddler. He was the fifth of six children born to David and Elinor Smith. Lindsey‘s great-grandfather was Edwin James Lindsey, after whom Lindsey was named.
Lindsey‘s elementary schooling began in Colorado. After his family moved to Washington state in 1967, Lindsey completed his secondary schooling at Oak Harbor High School. Being 6’ 5” and having worked to develop his athletic abilities, Lindsey enjoyed playing basketball and demonstrating a few slam dunks. Music was also of particular interest to Lindsey. He played piano and also performed on trombone in an award winning high school jazz band.
With his enlistment in the United States Air Force, Lindsey attended basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in Texas, then went to Chanute AFB in Illinois where he studied electronics as it pertained to certain aircraft systems. His duty station was Minot AFB in North Dakota where he said that out on the flight line the winter wind chill temperatures would drop to -40 degrees F.
Washington, Utah, California, and Nevada were other states where Lindsey lived during his adult life; he moved to Idaho a few weeks prior to his death 4 January, 2022. Preceding him in death were his father and mother, and an older sister, Tamara. He is survived by two older brothers, David and Mark, an older sister, Victoria, and a younger brother, Douglas.