Jerry Michael Smets
After a short battle with cancer, Jerry Michael “Mike” Smets of Georgetown, TX, passed away on October 8, 2019, at the age of 77.
He was born on January 1, 1942, in Ft. Smith, Arkansas. His family briefly moved to Orange, TX, before settling in Northern California after WWII.
He is preceded in death by his son, David William Smets, and his parents, Jerry Neal Smets and Agnes Jo Carruth Smets. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Sandra Smets. Also surviving him are his son, Steve, daughter-in-law, Jennifer, grandchildren Nathan and Lauren, all of Lakeway, TX.
Mike graduated from Sunnyvale HS in Sunnyvale, CA. He attended DeAnza JC and Foothill JC before earning his degree from San Jose State University, the first member of his family to do so. Prior to earning his degree, he worked for the US Postal Service. After graduation, he held positions with Memorex and National Semiconductor. He then went to work for Westinghouse, a position that took him to North Carolina, then overseas to Iran and eventually to Round Rock, TX.
In 1995, Mike fulfilled a life-long dream by starting his own custom home building company, JMS Design and Construction. He enjoyed designing and building many beautiful homes for his customers until his retirement in 2012.
He had a giving spirit and tirelessly worked at many civic minded endeavors with Liberty Hill ISD, was a long-term member of the Board of Directors of Chisholm Trail SUD and served as president of his homeowners association.
Two of Mike’s passions were cars and travel. He restored and owned several classic cars and was a regular attendee at many of the area’s car shows, proudly showing off either his 1934 Ford or 1950 Ford.
He and Sandy also loved to travel, whether it was internationally or in the United States. Together, they visited 35 countries and just this summer completed their goal of visiting all 50 states.
There will be a celebration of his life on October 25, 2019, at 2:30 p.m. at the First United Methodist Church Georgetown at 410 E. University Avenue in Georgetown. Pastor Scott Heare will officiate. There will be a reception immediately following the service at the church. Donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.