Glenn Stanley Smith, Sr., age 59, professional photojournalist
and friend to so many, loving father and grandfather, passed away on October 2,
2015 in Boise, Idaho of complications from pneumonia. Glenn was born in Heidelberg, Germany to
Stanley and Martha Erika Smith. His family had been stationed in Germany at the
time of his birth while his father was serving in the US Army. Prior to
beginning school, Glenn’s family returned to the states settling in Columbus,
Georgia. Glenn was raised in Columbus
and graduated Valedictorian from Hardaway High School before attending Georgia Institute
of Technology. He was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church and a member of
Sons of the American Revolution.
education in Computer Science and Engineering, Glenn became CFO and MIS
Director for Pekor Pumps in Columbus. Although very successful in his business
career and as a software engineer, in 1989 Glenn made the courageous choice to
pursue his true passion of photography, particularly motorsports
photojournalism, where he became nationally known and honored as “Indy Glenn”.
His work has appeared in Sports Illustrated, Time Magazine's Year In Pictures,
USA Today, People magazine, The New York Times, Washington Post, Atlanta
Constitution, the Indianapolis Star, as well as most newspapers in the country.
He was a member of the American
Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA),
winning the 2009 AARWBA Award for his photograph “End of a Dream”. Glenn’s
amazing racing photographs were truly admired by racing fans and will continue
to contribute greatly to the enjoyment of auto racing.
While his heart
lied with shooting the Indianapolis 500 and other fast cars, Glenn also loved
photographing other sporting events and became the team photographer for the
Columbus Cottonmouths professional hockey team, and professionally photographed
the Atlanta Thrashers and Atlanta Braves. Most recently, he was actively
continuing his career in Boise, Idaho, as the team photographer for the Idaho
Steelheads professional hockey team.
blessed to have such a devoted family, wonderful friends and colleagues. He was
a compassionate caregiver to his parents, and loving father to his children.
Throughout his life, Glenn was a kind, thoughtful, and brave man who always
fought the good fight and never lost his uplifting spirit and charming sense of
humor even in the most difficult times. He had a complete love for animals and
cared for his pets deeply. His great versatility, talents, and vast knowledge
allowed him to enjoy many things including cooking, gardening, technology, and
politics. Glenn will be profoundly missed and remembered always for his very kind
heart, incredible intelligence, and his tremendous gift of giving to others.
He is predeceased
by his father, Stanley Smith; his mother, Martha Erika Pohl Smith; and his
brother, Kenneth “Clyde” Smith.
He is survived by
his daughter, Natalie Smith; his son, Glenn Stanley Smith, Jr.; and his
grandson, Cyrus Dayton all of Las Vegas, NV. A private interment will be held
at Larissa Cemetery,
Cherokee County, Texas.
gifts may be made to: Boise Kennels, Attn: Mark Fretz, 2303 36
Street, Boise, ID 83703.