Kyle Arthur Smith, 32, of Superior, died peacefully Wednesday, March 11, 2020 at his residence.
Kyle was one of a kind. Adventurous, curious, wicked-smart, funny, and fun.
He was a precocious child who taught himself to read at the age of 2. About that time, he discovered Nintendo and began a love of video games which he never outgrew. Like his father, he was interested in computers from an early age, and by high school he was the programming teacher’s “go-to” guy.
Kyle attended Broomfield schools and CU Boulder, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics in 2010 and a Master of Science in Computer Science in 2012. He also worked in the computer science department at CU from his freshman year through grad school, and he made it all look so easy.
On his first day of college, he happened upon the International Student “coffee hour” and joined them for the free food. He so enjoyed meeting students from other countries that he continued to attend these gatherings, forming friendships and an interest in foreign cultures that he pursued after college. He made 5 trips to Asia in 7 years – visiting Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, and Thailand. He met up with young men and women everywhere he went – some he knew from college, some he met along the way. He loved the food and prided himself in his Asian cooking. His specialties were Pad Thai and Japanese Curry. Both amazing.
Kyle had many interests and was ridiculously good at Jeopardy -- he never ceased to amaze his grandfather (and mother) with his wide range of knowledge. He loved the Broncos and was ecstatic when they won the Super Bowl. He loved movies. He enjoyed golf and tennis and riding his bike.
He learned Korean and in 2014 took a job in Seoul as a software developer, creating programs for education software in the field of mathematics. After returning to Colorado to be with family, he did contract work, most recently for Adeptive Software in Superior.
Kyle was passionate about music and could frequently be seen holding a guitar. He created electronic dance music which can be found on Spotify and You-Tube, on which he had his own channel with hundreds of followers. One of his videos had over 31,000 views. He chatted about music and technology and whatever was on his mind and was effortlessly entertaining and funny.
Although we are heartbroken over his passing, we celebrate the joy and passion he had in life, the joy and love he brought to his family and friends, and all that he was able to pack into the 32 years we were blessed to have him in our lives.
Kyle was preceded in death by his father Edwin Smith, and grandmothers Bernadine Buchwald and Roxie Thomassen. He is survived by his mother Lynn Flynn, stepfather Mike Flynn, brother Cameron Smith and Cameron’s partner Meg Bertoni, all of Broomfield. He is also survived by grandfathers Arthur Buchwald and E L Smith, step-grandmother Karen Smith; stepsiblings Annette Williams, Breanna Kawasaki, and Mackenzie Flynn; aunts, uncles and cousins and many friends around the world.
A celebration of Kyle’s life will be held on Friday, July 24, 2020 at noon in Lakewood. If you would like to attend, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The service will also be livestreamed, and a video will be available to download for 30 days afterward at www.milehichurch.org/memorials.
Heritage Funeral & Cremation Services of Lafayette is handling cremation arrangements.
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