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Robert "Bud" Smith
1929 - 2014
Robert Lyndel Smith (Bud) died at home on May 27, 2014 of natural causes. Bud, as he was known by most, was born November 27, 1929 in Carter, Oklahoma. He was the seventh of eight children born to Rufus and Flossie Smith. His parents worked at farming before and during the Great Depression. In 1935 the family migrated from Oklahoma to California in search of work and settled in Corona where Bud grew up and attended school. He was an average student but loved baseball and football, and he earned a football scholarship to the University of Wyoming. He was forced to leave school due to financial reasons and returned to Corona where he played two years semi-pro football. He got a job with Pacific Telephone as a lineman in Riverside, California and worked on an "un-located" crew, mostly in the desert areas for the next 18 months. He met his wife to be, Dolores McMunn, while working in Ventura, California in 1949. They dated two years and were married in Ventura June 2, 1951.
Prior to their marriage, the Korean War broke out and Bud enlisted in the U.S. Navy. He attended Boot Camp in San Diego then was sent to San Francisco to recommission his ship for overseas duty. He was sent to Korea on June 21, 1951, just 19 days after his marriage to Dolores. He served 11 months in Japan and Korea. Six months after returning from the East, Bud's ship was sent to the first set of H-Bomb tests in the Marshall Islands. He returned six months later.
Bud and Millie as his wife was known became parents to their first daughter on December 22, 1953, born at the naval hospital at Port Hueneme, California. He was later sent back to the Marshall Islands for the second series of H-Bomb shots. In all, he witnessed seven H-Bomb and one A-Bomb blasts. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in August 1954 and moved his family to Riverside, California and resumed work with Pacific Telephone & Telegraph Co. Their second daughter was born in Riverside on March 15, 1956. In October 1967, Bud transferred to Boise, Idaho to work for Mountain Bell. He was a cable splicer, cable repairman, and cable repair supervisor. He retired in 1984 after over 35 years of telephone work. After retiring, he did a small amount of telephone contract work.
Bud and Millie purchased a motorhome and did considerable traveling and sightseeing in the U.S. and Alaska until Millie's death in 2004.
He was preceded in death by his entire Smith family. Bud is survived by his daughters Debra and Patricia and their spouses, one granddaughter, four grandsons, and five great grandsons. Bud requested that there be no funeral service, instead he will be cremated and inurned next to Millie.

Published in Idaho Statesman on May 30, 2014
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