A very special gift was placed in our care on June 5, 1995. We were afraid and not sure what to do. We quickly learned all we had to do was love you.
Your fight, determination, drive, and love carried you years past what they said.
From the moment you began doing headstands and army crawling through the house, we knew we had a very determined special boy.
At age 11, Landon began telling us he had to have a Bar Mitzvah to become a man. We thought he would forget about it, but no: two years later, we were having the first Christian Bar Mitzvah at Yellowstone Country Club, attended by 125 of his closest friends and family. We watched you dance, eat your favorite mac and cheese, and smile all night. You had become a man.
Landon, you were the glue that held our family together. The love and lessons you have taught us will be carried in our hearts forever.
As a family, we feel blessed that you have touched so many people. You always had a smile and a kind word. Your sense of humor, sarcasm, and Landonisms will be engrained in many hearts forever. You had every reason to complain and be sad, but you never were. You showed us how to laugh and have hope. We hope it’s because you knew how perfect you were to us.
Grandma Dee and Papa, thank you for being the most wonderful grandparents. Landon adored you and I am sure no child had more devoted grandparents. You gave him so much love, so many adventures and lots of laughs. Driveway camping was the best! The hours spent on the phone talking are going to leave such a void, but if you listen really carefully, I’m sure you will hear him talking to you from heaven. As a family, we thank you and love you for the blessings you are to us.
Dane, big brother, no one fought harder or with more conviction then you. Your love for your brother was so deep and he knew it. Thanks for the nights you spent with him. It made him feel special; a brother’s slumber party. Thank you for Wolfie. Wolfie went through the entire hospital stays and was always found wrapped in Landon’s arms. Wolfie will continue this journey with Landon wrapped in his arms as they enter into heaven.
Alicia, no one could have asked for a better or loving sister. So much was placed on your shoulders. You handled it with such grace and maturity. Landon cherished the time he had with you. Thank you for all the times you spent just hanging out in his room with him and letting him know how special he was to you.
Dad, you were the father every kid would want. You made sure Landon had everything to make his life comfortable and complete. You were not only Father and Son, you were best friends, each other’s rocks. Mom could always tell when you two had one of your “Don’t tell Mom” secrets because of the grins you had on your faces. Scott, cherish your memories and know you were and are the best father any child could have.
Cordell Martin, best friend, thank you for the friendship you and Landon had. He will be watching you from heaven.
Ashley Scheafer, thanks for being another sister to Landon and sharing in so many special family memories. You were very dear to him and to us as a family. Landon is always with you.
Kevin O’Malley and Drew Stensland, not only were you special friends, you were honorary brothers. Thanks for all of the love and time you gave to your little buddy. Landon loved and admired you both.
Scott Roby, Rick Gritten, and Murray Brumwell, supportive and loving friends, we thank you.
Landon passed on June 3, 2013, two days short of his 18th birthday, surrounded by family and friends and in his loving mother’s arms. Landon was a recipient of Make-A-Wish. His wish was to go to New York to see his Yankees play at the Yankee Stadium for his birthday. Landon passed on the day we were to leave; we are hoping Landon is watching the game from a very special VIP seat.
No one understands a love of a mother, except another mother. The depth of love I had for Landon is indescribable. Landon, you were my inspiration, my determination, my love and my hero. I had forgotten you were given to me on loan, that you weren’t here to stay and that someday God would take you away. That day came way too swiftly, I needed you to stay. I love you Lanny Panny Panda Bear. Rest in Peace, my precious child, we will be with you again.
Survivors include: parents Scott and Marcie Smith; siblings Dane (Marissa) and Alicia; grandparents Deloris and Walt Marking, and Laverne Smith; aunts and uncles Tim and Sharon Beeter, Carol and Tom Walund, Rob and Gayle Smith; cousins Kara (Thor) Olsen, Chris Beeter, Ryan (Kelly) Graves, Sean (Melissa) Graves, Robbie (Julie) Smith, Ashley (Dusty) Hartse and Amanda Smith.
Landon was preceded in death by Grandpa Smith. Robert “Bubba” Smith is waiting for you with open arms and a golf club. Also, he was preceded in death by great-grandparents Alton and Fredonia Bond and Sadie Murphy.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to “Landon’s Legacy Foundation” to support Landon’s favorite causes. Donations can be sent to Yellowstone Bank, 1511 Shiloh Road, Billings, MT 59102.
The casket will be open for visitation from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary, and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6, as well as at the church prior to services. Vigil services will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Friday, June 7, also at St. Thomas. Rite of committal will follow at Yellowstone Valley Memorial Park, next to Grandpa Smith.