Dr. William Smith, Downey physician, dies at 86

DOWNEY -- Dr. William John Smith, MD, a longtime resident of Downey, passed away at his home March 19 at age 86. 

He was born Oct. 16, 1930 in Alberta, Canada. He graduated from Loma Linda in 1960 and spent 50 years practicing medicine as a general practitioner off 3rd Street in Downey. 

He was a teacher before studying to become a doctor. His greatest joy was flying his airplane. 
He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Darlene; son, Mark; and two daughters, Michelle and Laura; along with many nieces and nephews. 

He was predeceased in death by all his siblings: Gwen, Bob, Dan and Victor. 

There will be no memorial service.