Burl Dean Smith

5 March 1926–20 February 2014 (Age 87)
Craig, Oklahoma, United States

The Life of Burl Dean

When Burl Dean Smith was born on 5 March 1926, in Craig, Oklahoma, United States, his father, George Alexander Smith, was 42 and his mother, Mary Grace Knox, was 38. He married Patricia Ann Hunter on 24 April 1948, in Los Angeles, California, United States. He lived in Redlands, San Bernardino, California, United States in 1930 and Redlands Judicial Township, San Bernardino, California, United States in 1940. He died on 20 February 2014, in Laguna Woods, Orange, California, United States, at the age of 87, and was buried in Glendale, Los Angeles, California, United States.

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Burl Dean Smith
Patricia Ann Hunter
Marriage: 24 April 1948

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    Patricia Ann Hunter


24 April 1948
Los Angeles, California, United States

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World Events (8)


Age 1

Charles Lindbergh makes the first solo nonstop transatlantic flight in his plane The Spirit of St. Louis.
1941 · Comanche Code Talkers

Age 15

Many Native Americans from Oklahoma were once again employed as code talkers during WWII to create a code impenetrable by enemies. Rather than Choctaw, a Comanche-language code was developed. Several of these men were sent to invade Normandy to send messages. None of the men were killed and the Comanche code was never broken. 
1949 · NATO is Established

Age 23

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is an alliance between 29 North American and European countries. The agreement of the alliance is to help defend each other if attacked by an external country. The last country to enter was Montenegro in 2017.

Name Meaning

English: occupational name for a worker in metal, from Middle English smith (Old English smið, probably a derivative of smītan ‘to strike, hammer’). Metalworking was one of the earliest occupations for which specialist skills were required, and its importance ensured that this term and its equivalents were perhaps the most widespread of all occupational surnames in Europe. Medieval smiths were important not only in making horseshoes, plowshares, and other domestic articles, but above all for their skill in forging swords, other weapons, and armor. This is the most frequent of all American surnames; it has also absorbed, by assimilation and translation, cognates and equivalents from many other languages (for forms, see Hanks and Hodges 1988 ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Burl Smith in household of George A Smith, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Burl D Smith in household of George A Smith, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Burl Dean Smith, "California, County Marriages, 1850-1952"

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