Ron Bassett-Smith, 64, of Keizer died Jan. 17, after a lengthy battle with melanoma.

He was born in Lafayette, Ind., on Sept. 4, 1949, to Charles and Marjorie Bassett, the first of five children.

Bassett-Smith served two tours of duty in the military in Vietnam. In 1972, he moved from Michigan to Oregon. He completed a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Oregon State University.

Bassett-Smith married his wife in 1976 and they enjoyed 38 happy years together. Upon completing school, Ron began serving his community through his efforts working with disabled veterans and working for refugee employment programs. Ron retired from a career as chief operations officer at Chemeketa Community College. He also served on many boards including the board of directors for the Salem Outreach Shelter and on the budget committee for the Salem-Keizer School District for many years.

Bassett-Smith is fondly remembered for his kindness, passion and a sense of humor that bought joy to others.  He liked to do things big for his family, such as putting on a fireworks show every 4th of July. His hobbies included classic cars, woodworking and home projects. His only regret was that he only had 40 more hours left to complete the 1965 Barracuda he was restoring with his son, Trevor. Otherwise his life was filled with fireworks, a loving and loyal dog, Bub, his wife and three children and being Grandpa Truck.

He is survived by his wife Nina; children, Sean (Makayla) of Seattle, Chelsea (Daniel) of Keizer, Trevor of Keizer; grandchildren, Cameron, Sara, and Weston; his two dogs and two cats.
His sisters, Marsha and Paula and his brother, Brian, live in Michigan. His parents and brother Jeff preceded him in death.

A celebration of life will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30, at 3 p.m. at Clear Lake United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to the Ray of Hope (www.rayofhope4all.org) PO Box 746 Beaverton, OR 97075 or the Marion-Polk Food Share (www.marionpolkfoodshare.org), 1660 Salem Industrial Drive NE, Salem, OR 97301. Arrangements entrusted to Keizer Funeral Chapel & Cremation Services. Online Condolences may be left at www.keizerchapel.com.