Boyd S. Smith died peacefully in his sleep on April 15. He was 62.
A Pasadena resident and proud graduate of South Pasadena High School and USC, Smith, joined the family business at a young age and developed a strong work ethic and commitment to serving others. He had a successful career in both the commercial and residential real estate industries, carefully matching the needs of his clients with the perfect properties and investments.
“Boyd was an amazing dichotomy of the most proper, polite, thoughtful and well-mannered person in my life while simultaneously being the most inappropriate, unfiltered, and irreverent libertine I knew,” said longtime business partner Matt Littell. “He possessed that rare gift to light up any room and charm anyone, regardless of their station in life. He had a unique sparkle that drew people to him like a moth to flame.”
From an early age, Boyd pursued his passion to travel, collect art and antiques, and share his creative talents with others in special and unique ways.
Smith’s career took him to New York, San Diego and Kauai, but he always returned to the city he loved, Pasadena. Most recently, he worked at Deasy Penner Podley.
“His longtime friend, Bill Podley remarked, “Boyd was a “giver” with a great sense of style and will be remembered for his zest for the finer things of life. He will be greatly missed.”
Hailed as a Pasadena real estate architectural expert, Smith has been quoted in the LA Times and Los Angeles Magazine.
An active philanthropist, Boyd led fundraising events for the Huntington Library and Gamble House as well as many other charitable and social causes in his community. His humor and outgoing personality was matched only by his generosity and compassion.
According to his obituary, Smith was the first to reach out to friend in need with a call or hand-written note, as well as to help plan events to celebrate successes and life’s milestones.
Deasy Penner Podley CEO, George Penner shared, “Boyd had an extraordinary exuberance. He filled the room with his great energy and wonderful laugh. He will be remembered for his many contributions to the community.”
Boyd was preceded in death by his parents, Mae and Stanley Smith, and is survived by his brother Todd Smith and sister-in-law Cathy Black-Smith. The family asks that contributions in Boyd’s memory be made to Pasadena Huntington Hospital, Huntington Library or the Gamble House. A celebration of life will be held at a later date when it is safe to do so.