LaRalle Richard Smith (1936 - 2018)

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LaRalle Richard Smith passed away in Pasco, Wash., recently after a hard-fought battle with cancer.
Born on Sept. 10, 1936, to Godfrey and Esther Smith in Hutchinson, Minn., LaRalle was raised in Kennewick, Wash., and graduated from Kennewick High School class of 1954. During high school, he played tennis and basketball and became an Eagle Scout. LaRalle earned an engineering degree in forestry from the University of Idaho. He joined the Army National Guard and retired as a colonel after 30 years of service. LaRalle began a career with the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, after college, transferring with his job to Alaska in 1974.
After his retirement from the BLM, LaRalle opened Distinctive Properties, a thriving real estate company he nurtured until his health would no longer allow it.
LaRalle raised his children on his own, and made sure they experienced everything beautiful about Alaska. He took them camping and fishing to remote areas via float plane, skiing at Alyeska, and took them to Hawaii for winter vacations.
LaRalle's favorite place was his cabin in British Columbia that he purchased sight unseen while in college. He enjoyed playing bridge and handball with his friends, but more than anything else, LaRalle enjoyed his family.
LaRalle was preceded in death by his wife, Janet; his parents; and his brother-in-law, Bill Eller. He is survived by his sister, Judy Eller; his brother, Russell Smith (Diana); his son, Phillip (Lisa); daughter, Valerie; and son, Mynor (Tere); his granddaughters, Tyra (Andy), Dacia (David), Maya and Ellie; great-grandchildren, Dawsyn, Estelle, Delaney and Holden LaRalle aka "Lil Ralle"; the family of his wife, Jan; and his work family at Distinctive Properties.
LaRalle's family would like to thank Lourdes Medical Center ER, medical floor, Dr. Weeks, Dr. Vance, Angie Tyree, Pasco Fire Department and Katmai Oncology, and to everyone who sent prayers and messages of encouragement to the family during LaRalle's illness.
There will be a remembrance of life at Alaska Aviation Museum, 4721 Aircraft Drive in Anchorage, Alaska, on May 11, 2018, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
In lieu of flowers please donate to the animal rights organization of your choice.
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Kennewick, WA 99336
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Published in Anchorage Daily News from Jan. 31 to Feb. 1, 2018
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