Dewey Smith passed away, May 5, 2009, at the age of 36, off Key Largo. He was a diver who worked for the NOAA National Undersea Research Program's Aquarius laboratory. He was raised in Panama City, FL (the center of Navy diving) and is survived by his mother, sister and uncle.
US Navy Hospital Corpsman Smith was stationed in San Diego, CA and was honorably discharged after 5 years.
The Florida State University's Underwater Crime Scene Investigation program provided his introduction to SCUBA. Later he worked as a commercial hardhat diver with Miracle Strip Welding & Marine Services and RME Diver out of Panama City Beach, FL.
Dewey Smith's family requests of anyone who may have known him, in passing or very well, to blog on any thoughts or feelings they may have had via http://tinyurl.com/deweysmith. This is a difficult time for his mother and words from those who may have worked with him or knew Dewey may provide comfort to her.
He will be remembered as a wonderful nephew and person who made you smile every time you talked with him.
Mr. Smith's viewing will be held in Panama City, FL, May 9, 2009.
Aquarius is an underwater ocean laboratory owned by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and operated by the University of North Carolina-Wilmington.
To learn more visit: http://www.uncw.edu/aquarius/index.html
To read his autobiography: http://uncw.edu/aquarius/2008/11_2008/d_smith.htm