After heroically fighting pancreatic cancer for more than 16 months, D. Richard Smith passed away at home with loved ones at his side July 12, 2004.
"Rick," as he was known to all and "Ranger Rick" as he was known to special people, loved life and cherished every trip and activity taken with family and friends.
Rick was an attorney practicing in Utah since October 1974. He found his greatest rewards in the practice of law when he became a criminal defense attorney. He treasured the integrity of that practice which brought him into contact on a daily basis with the fine judges of the State and the prosecutors and other defense attorneys who have kept that practice vibrant and honorable.
Rick graduated from Whittier College with a BA in 1968 and from the University of Utah College of Law with a Juris Doctor in 1974.
Between undergraduate and graduate degrees he served honorably in the United States Army. He was drafted out of law school in 1970. Ultimately he served one year in Vietnam where he received the Army Commendation Medal for meritorious service in the field.
Rick was born to Donald L. and Ellen T. Smith in Boise, Idaho on September 24, 1946. He is preceded in death by his father in 1995 and his mother in 2001. He is survived by his brother, Ronald Smith. No two brothers could have been so fortunate as they to share a life with parents who gave so much to their lives. The annual "two week vacation trip" from Southern California, where they lived, to Portland Oregon, where both sets of grandparents lived, was the embodiment of the maximum of activity and joy you could possibly fit in one vacation. They took the time and lived life in such a way as to make every day a special day, developing so many treasured memories.
Rick is also survived by his loving wife, Marvene E. Smith. Two beautiful girls, Lisa Kristine Smith (Fairbanks) and Stacy Ann Smith (Clifford) and a wonderful son, Ryan Smith. He has two loving grandsons, Jacob and Alex, will miss playing horsey on his knee.
Rick's big regret is not having time to have more fishing, camping, river running and boating trips with his beloved family.
We too will miss these adventures, but we treasure all of the memories we made and the laughter we shared.
"Find the time, my dear ones, to fill your days with as many 'two week vacation trips' as possible. This is your best chance to leave a loving legacy."
Funeral services will be Monday, July 19, 2004 at 12 noon at Wasatch Lawn Mortuary Chapel, 3401 S. Highland Drive. The family will receive friends at a viewing one hour prior to services on Monday. Interment Wasatch Lawn Memorial Mausoleum