Clyde Smyth, former mayor of Santa Clarita, dies at 80

Clyde Smyth is awarded Santa Clarita Valley Man of the Year in 1992.
Clyde Smyth is awarded Santa Clarita Valley Man of the Year in 1992.

Santa Clarita has lost one of its longtime public servants. Clyde Smyth, a former City Councilman and School Board leader, died last weekend after suffering a stroke on Saturday, Jan. 14.

His family says Smyth’s life was all about service. The Pasadena native served in the Korean War before receiving a doctorate in Education from Brigham Young University in Utah. He spent years in the Pasadena school district as a teacher, and then as principal of Placerita Junior High School, before topping off his educational career with his 18 years as superintendent of the Hart High School District.

He won a seat on the Santa Clarita city council in 1994, where served for four years - one of which he spent as the city's mayor.

Smith's son Cameron would himself sit on the city council in 2000, and serve two terms as mayor before joining the state Assembly in 2006.

L.A. County Supervisor Mike Antonovich says Smyth leaves behind a commendable legacy of leadership.

While receiving the Santa Clarita Valley Man of the Year award in 1992, Smyth summed up his feelings for his longtime home: "This is a wonderful community in which to live, work and raise a family. Thank you, Santa Clarita!”

Clyde Smyth was 80 years old.