Obituary Notices and Memorials


SMUTZ, Daniel Michael Sr. Born Dec. 29, 1954, in Palmdale, Calif. Passed away peacefully on Jan. 17, 2012. He has lived in the Antelope Valley for 57 years. Daniel was also known as 'Dan the Man.' Was an FAA Air Traffic Controller Specialist. Enjoyed laughing, building and traveling. He was a member of the Knight of Columbus. People always referred to him as 'Goofy' because he was always making everyone laugh. He was the true definition of an amazing father. Survived by his wife of 7 years Daisy Smutz son Daniel Smutz Jr., of Lancaster, Calif., daughters Leslie Smutz of Playa Vista, Calif., Vanessa Varela of Lancaster, Calif., mother Iris Smutz, father Robert Smutz, brothers and sisters Robert Smutz Jr., Guy Smutz and Denise Smutz, godchildren Alderaan and Arrianna Chapman. He is also survived by his ex-wife Lucy Smutz. Viewing will be held from 3 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Joshua Memorial Park & Mortuary, 808 E. Lancaster Blvd, Lancaster. Services will be held at 12 p.m., Friday, Jan. 27, 2012, at St. Marys Catholic Church, 1600 E. Ave R-4, Palmdale.

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