Marvin Earl Smitherman, Jr. passed away on February 25, 2020. He leaves behind three children: Amy, Emily and Nicholas Smitherman; two step-children Erica (Derby) Aispuro and Clint Derby; his loving partner of 20 years, Janet Cortez; and seven Aispuro and Cortez children for whom he was an exceptional and much beloved grandfather. He is survived by his sister, Judith Martin.
He was born February 13, 1954 in North Island, CA, to Seaman Marvin Earl Smitherman Sr, and Mary Ann Smith Smitherman. He grew up in the Bay Area, spending his high school years on Alameda Island. He was an enterprising young man even then, taking the bus to Berkeley to play chess at the student union and crewing for various sailboat captains.
He attended UC Berkeley, getting his degree in Civil Engineering in 1976, then became a professionally licensed civil engineer and land surveyor at the age of 25. He worked in his chosen field for more than 40 years for cities, private companies, and as an independent consulting civil engineer, land planner, and surveyor.
As a man, he was kind and loving, always studying the natural world whether it be hydrology, geology or biology. As an engineer, he was exacting; demanding the highest of standards to ensure quality and safety in every project. He took pleasure in spending time with his children, playing and studying chess, traveling to local points of beauty such as Carmel and Mendocino, and enjoying great meals with friends and family.
He is greatly missed by his family and friends, and the wider engineering community in which he moved.
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