Warren 'Smitty' Smith

Warren Clifford Smith (“Smitty”), 83, died on April 18, 2016 in Mesa, Arizona. He was born on Dec. 11, 1932 in Chicago to John and Ann [Mack] Smith.

He might not have worn his heart on his sleeve, but deep down he was a kind and gentle spirit who had a love for his family and for animals, particularly Great Danes — especially his best friends, Lance and Sin. He enjoyed feeding the birds in his yard and was even known to feed the squirrels by hand.

During his younger years, he was an avid dancer, his favorite dance being the Jitterbug. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army as a cook during the Korean War, and after his discharge continued to cook for his family.

Following his service, he went to work as an Illinois State Trooper. Shortly after, he took over the popular tavern on Roosevelt and Circle in Forest Park known best as The Zoo and then Smitty’s, which he owned and operated for several years.

Lastly, he served over a decade as a towing inspector for the Illinois Commerce Commission until his retirement in 2001.

Warren Smith was preceded in death by his sister, Faith Lawyer, and is survived by his daughters, Caryn Smith and Rhondelle (Tom) Ring; his son, Eric Battersby; and his nieces, Colette, Laurel, and Cheryl; and his nephew, Craig.

He will be dearly missed by those fortunate enough to have known him.

If you would like to show support, please make a donation in Warren’s name to Best Friends (http://bestfriends.org) or the animal shelter/rescue charity of your choice.

To send your condolences to survivors, please visit www.mariposagardens.com

Arrangements were handled by Mariposa Gardens, 480-830-4422.