Smith, Walter James Jr. |

Smith, Walter James Jr.

Long time Truckee resident Walter J. Smith, Jr. passed away on May 9, 2007 at the age of 76. He was born May 28, 1930 in Burbank, Calif., to Margaret Hoving Smith and Walter James Smith, Sr., both of whom preceded him in death, as did his brother, Morris Smith.

Walt was a charter member of Truckee Rotary and was active up until his death. He served as club president in 1986; he initiated the senior wood cutting project with Bud Fish and built the ice cream booth at the Nevada County Fair. He was a mentor and guiding light for all the members of Truckee Rotary.

Walt was a loving husband, father and a doting grandfather. He leaves his wife of 59 years, Goldie Layman Smith, and children with spouses Janice and Drew LaVigne of Idaho; Keith and Kori Smith; John and Cheryl Smith of Truckee; and Chuck and Manuela Scullion-Smith of Santa Rosa.

His seven treasured grandchildren are Jennipher Christensen, Fawn Brickman, Gabrielle Smith, Ericia Chiotti, Jessica Rutkowski, Manuela Robinson and Simone Wallstrom. He also delighted in his 10 great-grandchildren Max and Sam Christensen, Eticia and Keite Brickman, Dominic and Jason Chiotti, Keaton and Ryder Rutkowski, and Johnathan and Justin Robinson.

He also leaves sister-in-law, Sandra Smith of Sparks, and her sons Craig and wife Barbara Smith; and Stephen Smith and friend, Mary Riggs, all of Truckee; sister-in-law, Betty, and husband, Bill Francois of Victorville; cousins in various states: Alice Cronn, Bob, Gary, Raymond and Shirley ” all Hovings; Edie Kennedy and Beverly Ventimiglia.

Walt had many, many friends who will miss him and his bright, fun and humorous nature. He was ever grateful for the love and support of all his friends who enriched his life.

A memorial service is planned for Saturday, June 16 at 2 p.m. at the Truckee Community Center on Church Street. The family asks, in lieu of flowers, any donations be made to the Truckee Rotary Foundation, P.O. Box 180, Truckee, CA, 96160.

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