Larry James Smith, 70, of Keizer, Oregon, passed away March 19, 2017 after a three-year courageous battle with cancer.
He was born February 10, 1947 in Ontario, Oregon, to Gail and Charleen (Dentinger) Smith. He graduated from Marshfield High School in Coos Bay, Oregon. He went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from Oregon College of Education (now Western Oregon University) where he excelled on the football field and was a proud member of the TKB. He spoke fondly of his time at OCE and the positive impact it had on his life.
He married Diane Robertson on March 17, 1973. They have three daughters Tana (Kevin) Thomson, Amy (Jeff) Campbell and Haley (Mark) Cooper and six grandchildren Parker, Kellen, Rylee, Cayde, Eaelyn and Brayson. He was a very proud dad and papa and always made his family his top priority. Larry cherished his family and extended family and always looked forward to spending time with them and his visits to Eastern Oregon.
Larry is the ultimate example of service to others. He dedicated his life to children and the community he lived in. He coached youth football, softball and baseball. Larry worked behind the scenes by contributing his time and money to ensure our youth had the best facilities. He recently received the Keizer Service to Education award for the impact he had on Keizer youth.
Larry spent his entire career in the lumber industry and worked up until his death. He was passionate about his career and never viewed his job as work. He formed many strong relationships with his colleagues whom he considered second family. He spent the last twenty-one years working and growing Billboard Lumber and was very proud of the company Billboard Lumber is today.
His love for learning and personal growth was contagious. Larry was a mentor to many and had an amazing ability to motivate and inspire confidence in others. He focused on positivity and was there to encourage others in their time of need.
Our life will never be the same but his spirit will continue to live on through the many lives he touched.
A celebration of his life will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, March 24 at Zenith Vineyard in Salem, Oregon.