Obituary: Boyd D. Smith (July 14, 1934 – Feb. 5, 2014)

By Submitted February 17, 2014 02:28 pm

Boyd D. Smith, age 79, of Grants Pass, Ore., died Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, at Applegate House of Grants Pass.

No local services are planned. Hull & Hull Funeral Directors are in charge of arrangements.

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Remembrances may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Boyd was born July 14, 1934, in Anton, Texas, to Wallace and Myrtle Smith. In 1952 while living in Woodburn, Ore., he enlisted in the United States Air Force and in 1956 was honorably discharged as a senior airman. On Nov. 5, 1955, in Ramstein, Germany, he married Louise Kaahui. He worked as a correctional officer and traffic officer for the State of California. He also had various entrepreneurial pursuits. In 2008 he moved from Crescent City, Calif., to Grants Pass.

Boyd was a member of the Elks Lodge in Crescent City and the American Legion in Gasquet, Calif.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, traveling, and winters in Arizona.

Boyd is survived by his wife, Louise K. Smith of Grants Pass, Ore.; two daughters: Lani Crockett of Crescent City, Calif., and Kelly Watanabe and husband Duane of Wailuku, Hawaii; four brothers, Wayburn Smith and wife Hiroko of Crescent City, Calif., Leslie Smith and wife Glenda of Ochelata, Okla., Darryl Smith and wife Nyeeta of Altus, Okla., and Larry Smith of Prospect, Ore.; two sisters: Joann Patterson and husband Don of Susanville, Calif., and Brenda Boyette and husband Ronnie of St. Maries, Idaho; seven grandchildren: Tara, Victoria, Leilani, Mason, Lily, Ransom, and Taylor; five great-grandchildren, David BrookLynn, Sal, Danica, and Jaydn.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Brooke, in 2009; twin great-grandsons; a brother, Norman; a sister, Jeanette Turner, and his parents.