The Padres mourn the loss of long-time scout Van Smith, who passed away yesterday at the age of 67. Smith first joined the Padres in January of 1991 as an area scout, a position he held until he was promoted to professional scout in the late 1990’s. Smith played a major role in many of the Padres acquisitions during his time with the club.
“Van was a beloved member of the Padres for 22 years,” said Executive Vice President/General Manager Josh Byrnes. “His contributions and friendships were numerous. We will dearly miss his scouting opinion and, more importantly, his good nature, which was apparent in every discussion with Van. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.”
“Van was a great worker who was a student of the game,” said Padres Vice President, Player Development & International Scouting Randy Smith, who originally hired Van while serving as the Padres director of scouting. “He was constantly looking for ways to improve himself and his scouting. Like all good scouts he told you his opinion and stuck to his beliefs. Van's passing is a big loss to the Padres family and the scouting industry. His laugh will be missed by all of us.”
Smith is survived by his wife, Ann, and his four children, Robin, Lindsey, Christine and Tad. A memorial service will be held at United Presbyterian Church in Belleville, Ill., on Sunday.