Obituary: Roger Brian Smith

Roger Brian Smith, 77, passed away at his home on February 21, 2021, in Pueblo, Colorado.

He was born December 10, 1943, to Ernest Archuletta and LaDean Payne in Trinidad, Colorado.

He obtained degrees in wildlife management at Colorado State University and Northern Arizona University, and began his career with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in Anchorage.

In 1973, he moved to Kodiak as the area game biologist for Kodiak Island managing brown bear, deer, elk, goats and other furbearers until his retirement in 1997.

He co-led the Terror Lake hydroelectric brown bear research project in the early 1980s.

He married Leslie Watson in 1979, and they happily raised their son Justin in Kodiak.

He expressed his lifelong love of the outdoors by teaching local hunter safety and 4-H classes, and by sharing his passions for hunting, hiking, fishing and shooting with friends and family throughout Alaska and Lower 48 states.

A loyal friend to many, he is survived by his son Justin Smith, brother Terry Smith, sister Misti McConahay and many cousins, nephews and nieces.

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