At his request, no services will be held.
Smith was born in Twin Falls, Idaho, then moved to Ketchum. He entered the service from Ketchum and traveled extensively around the world as an air traffic controller for the United States Air Force.
Upon retirement from the Air Force in Mountain Home he worked as a deputy Elmore County Tax Assessor.
"He was a loving husband and father and a dear friend to everyone," his family said, adding, "J.C. lived a full and happy life amongst his family and friends. He was truly loved by everyone he met."
He is survived by: his wife of 46 years, Pat; daughters Valerie and Shannon and her husband, David, one granddaughter, one grandson and a great-grandson; and his brothers Jerry and Mike.
In lieu of flowers the family asks that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Association.