Garry Smith of 'Bounty Hunter'
Garry L. Smith, who was seen as "Pops" on Duane "Dog" Chapman's A&E reality series, "Dog the Bounty Hunter," died Tuesday in Denver due to complications from diabetes and heart disease. He was 68 and the father of Beth Smith, Chapman's fiancee, who also appears in the show.
Smith was a first baseman for the Kansas City A's and later was a bail bondsman. On "Bounty Hunter," he was depicted as an All-American father with a huge presence — he was 6 feet 4 and 250 pounds.
When Smith's failing health was mentioned on Chapman's Web site, www.dogthebountyhunter.com, fans around the world responded with messages of concern and aloha. "Those cards and letters gave him more strength than anyone can imagine," said Beth Smith. "They meant the world to him."
Survivors include five children, 15 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Services will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Horan and McConaty Funeral Services in Lakewood, Colo.