Smith, Hon. Ralph G. Jr.
88, of Cave Creek, AZ passed away on November 30, 2011. Hon. Ralph G. Smith, Jr. lost his 3 year battle with cancer at home surrounded by his loving wife and family. Born May 7, 1923 in Davenport, Iowa, Ralph met the love of his life, and wife of 61 years, Elba while attending law school at Northwestern University. As a child on the Mississippi River and later as a young man on the Great Lakes, he was a Sea Scout aboard the last three-masted schooner, and was one of only 100 enlisted sailors that successfully "tested" into the Naval Academy from thousands of exam competitors. The Smith Family moved West to Phoenix in 1956. Ralph became an Asst. U.S. Attorney and also founded Perry & Smith. Ralph said his best of friends were made in Cave Creek, where the family moved in 1966. In 1976, Ralph became a judge for the City of Phoenix for the next 18 years. He cared so much for all of us. In his integrity, kindness, and family values, he is survived by Elba, his wife, his 6 children, 20 grandchildren, numerous great-grandchildren, and Mary Ann Swanzey, his sister. A Memorial Mass will be held at Our Lady of Joy Catholic Church 36811 N Pima Road, Carefree, AZ, 85377 Wednesday December 14th 10:30am -11:30am and covered dish reception at the church 11:30-2:30pm.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Dec. 4, 2011