At 12:45 on August 28, 2017 Gary M. Smith passed away. Gary was a great husband of Phyllis Smith for 61 years. Father of 3, Greg, Teresa and Sheri. Grandpa of 10 and Great Grandpa of 7. Gary was also the Father in Law of his favorite daughter in law Pamela and son in law Dave and son in law Tommy.
Gary was born in 1933 in El Paso Texas to Vernon and Jeanne Smith. In 1942 Gary and his parents moved to Vancouver WA. Gary graduated from Vancouver High School in 1951. Gary joined the United States Navy in 1953 and served during the Korean War. Gary married Phyllis in 1956 in Vancouver Washington. After the military Gary attended Clark Community College where he got an Associate’s Degree. Gary joined the FAA, Federal Aviation Administration, in 1960 where he worked until 1985.
In 1969 Gary, Phyllis and kids moved to Newport Oregon where Mom and Dad resided until Dad’s death. Dad was a very dedicated member of the Elks Lodge since 1967. In 1976 to 1977 Dad was the Exalted Ruler of the Newport Oregon Elks Lodge.
On September 9, 2017 a Celebration of Dad’s Life will be held at the Newport Oregon Elks Lodge at 1PM. A no host bar as well as a lite luncheon will be available. In lieu of flowers please consider making a donation to the Elks National Foundation in Gary’s name via the Newport Elks. Address: Newport Elks P.O. Box 966 Newport, Or. 97365.