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Steve Smith, founding partner here at Smith Richards Collective and legendary radio programmer unexpectedly passed away peacefully at home, in his sleep on July 7, 2022. Steve’s highly successful career spanned 40 years and has broken countless records, won countless awards, and has permanently changed the landscape of American radio for the better.
Steve Smith was born on January 23, 1960. Steve is survived by his fiancé Mina Farahmandi, son and daughter-in-law Josh & Emily Smith, and thousands of friends and family who will never forget him. In the words of Steve: music, my fiancé, my son, and my dogs are my life. Those words never rang more true.
The memorial service will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2022, at 11 am PST at the Gilbert Memorial Park Cemetery & Funeral Home located at 2100 E Queen Creek Rd, Gilbert, AZ 85297. There will be a reception to follow until 3 pm. For those unable to attend in person, a live streaming option is in the works. Flowers are welcome at the service. If you choose, in lieu of flowers, please consider a donation in Steve’s name to the Musicians On Call. There will also be an industry memorial honoring the life, career, and friendships of Steve at future date.
Along with Steve’s family and friends, the outpouring of love and support for Steve has been second to none. Here at the Smith Richards Collective, we are going to continue to honor his legacy and continue to find ways to honor him every chance we get. We would be remised if we didn’t spotlight some of the great things people are saying. Just like the impact he has made on the industry that we all breathe, Steve’s impact on his friends and colleagues prove what kind of man he was. He will be greatly missed but never forgotten.
The article has a compilation of quotes from Steve’s friends and family through social media.