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home : obituaries : obituaries October 22, 2017

7/11/2017 10:38:00 AM
Stuart (Sam) Ford Smith October 18, 1951 - June 24, 2017

Sam was born in Los Angeles, California, to Glenys and Donald J. Smith. The family soon moved to Warren, Ohio, then Nashville, Tennessee. After a divorce, Sam went to Satellite Beach, Florida, with his mother and sister Dawn. There he pursued his love for astronomy, watching every NASA launch and taking up skydiving.

Sam attended Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton. As a Fellowship Scholar, he earned a BA in theater. While there, he met his future wife, Judy Owers. A friendship developed immediately, which grew into a lifelong love.

Sam built a camper onto a pickup truck and the two traveled across country in 1975 to Salem, where Judy's parents lived.

The first winter found them at Hoodoo Ski Bowl, working as lift operators and living in their very frosty camper in the parking lot. Many deep friendships were formed there which continue to this day.

The next season, they got a caretaking position at the Dahl Ranch, outside Camp Sherman and enjoyed 20 wonderful years there.

Sam's carpentry work over the years enabled him to build a home for them east of Sisters. It was here that he followed his lifelong passion for writing by publishing in 2005 a book of poetry called "New Space." His profound insights were eloquently expressed and have touched many people.

A few years ago, the couple moved to Terrebonne, where Judy still resides.

Sam was predeceased by his parents and sister, Dawn. He is survived by his wife, Judy; sister Carla; her son Stephen; and two nieces, Alexia and Tara, who are Dawn's daughters.

Sam passed after a brief illness and hospitalization.

His loving presence is deeply missed by his wife, family and many friends.

A Celebration of Life Service will be held Wednesday, August 2 at 10:30 a.m. at Haystack Reservoir East Campground Picnic Area. Carpooling is suggested. Following the service, there will be a potluck, music and waterplay for those with toys, canoes, etc.

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