| Larry V. Smith, 78, passed away August 30, 2010. Larry had a full, rich life in which his work as a professional photographer was most important.
He won four Emmy awards for his filming for CBS in Cuba during the Castro revolution, for ABC in Vietnam, and for Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom. He filmed from the Arctic Circle to Venezuela. He lived as an aquanaut for two weeks in a "house" 55 feet under the Caribbean waters for the Tektite II project.
He was an avid flier/photographer in all types of military and civilian aircraft. A long-time resident of Jacksonville, FL, he helped form that city's Motion Picture and Television Council and served as its first president. He had several independent film companies over the years and most recently specialized in transportation photography, building a library of more than 600,000 images. He was the official Jaxport photographer for several years.
Larry quickly took to the digital world, and this website is a testimony to his success in that new medium. He was honored by the University of North Florida during the summer of 2010 by featuring an exhibit of his photography and achievements.
Larry was a loving husband and father. He is survived by his wife of 35 years, Linda Lockwood Smith; his two daughters, Julie Smith and Valerie (husband Mike) Nakamura, and his grandson, Matthew Nakamura; Virginia Leininger, the mother of his children, in Colorado; and a brother, Karl Smith and his family.
In recognition of his life, your support of the Jacksonville Humane Society would be appreciated.