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1935 - 2013 | In Memoriam Condolences
DOUGLAS DEAN SMITH June 18, 1935 - August 31, 2013 Doug Smith passed away at home in Red Bluff on Aug. 31, 2013. He was 78. He was born June 18, 1935, in Scottsbluff, Nebr., to Lloyd and Julia Smith. Doug was raised in Gering, Nebr. and graduated from Gering High School. He entered Chadron State Teachers College with the intention of majoring in Industrial Arts in order to teach shop. However, while there, he experienced a call to ministry, and transferred to Nebraska Wesleyan. After completing seminary at Iliff School of Theology in Denver, he was ordained a Methodist pastor and appointed to minister to Methodist students at the University of Wyoming. There he met Kathleen Conant. They were married Aug. 25, 1963, and moved to California where Kathleen finished school and their three children were born. In his work Doug alternated between ministering to people and working with his hands. He was a gifted storyteller which enriched his preaching, and he had a special rapport with children and teen-agers. God used him to make a difference in many lives. But he was also an adventurous and creative man who was especially drawn to buildings, boats, and old tools. The family lived for two years in Sausalito on a houseboat he built, and another two in a cabin he made in Scott Valley. He also restored one of the oldest houses in Red Bluff. The churches he served and the jobs he held, in chronological order, were: pastor at Epworth Methodist in Berkeley; mail carrier for the Berkeley Post Office; prison guard at San Quentin, pastor of Etna and Ft. Jones; house painter in Scott Valley; pastor of the churches in Colfax, Dutch Flat, and Elk Grove; house painter in Sacramento, part-time administrator at "Loaves & Fishes" (an agency serving the poor and homeless in Sacramento) while serving part-time at Knight's Landing United Methodist Church. In 1990 Doug and Kathleen moved to Colorado so that she could attend seminary. While there, Doug served several churches. On their return to California in 1994, Doug became the pastor of First United Methodist Church in Red Bluff, and Kathleen was appointed pastor to the four smaller Methodist churches in the county. All his adult life Doug felt a call to say no to war. When the country was involved in armed conflict, he often protested. During the Vietnam war Doug was very troubled by the ever-mounting deaths on both sides of the conflict. It came to him that Mt. Shasta was a natural peace symbol, having more power than a nuclear weapon, yet sitting there quiet and peaceful. He resigned his position at the Etna and Ft. Jones churches to protest the war and draw attention to Mt. Shasta as a symbol of peace, knowing that many would think him crazy. With help from friends and family, he lived near the top of the mountain for three months. Doug's last effort to say no to war was in Red Bluff. He and Kathleen were a part of the group that stood at the corner of Oak and Main Streets on Saturdays to protest the Iraq war. Doug made the large banners and was instrumental in keeping the vigil going until that war ended. For several years after retiring in 1998, Doug was the devoted caregiver for Kathleen's mother. In his free time Doug enjoyed writing down his thoughts and bicycling in the hills around Red Bluff. Doug cherished his family, and they loved him dearly. How they'll miss his bear hugs and the twinkle in his eyes. All those who knew and loved him are left to nurture that of Doug that lives and grows in them. Doug died of complications related to Alzheimer's Dementia. He is preceded in death by his brother Max. He is survived by his wife, Kathleen; brother Roger Smith and wife Lorraine of Rogue River; brother Rusty Smith of Bakersfield; son Matthew Smith and wife Fiona Gow of San Francisco; daughter Audrey Smith and husband Art Elder of Oakland; and daughter Kristen Smith of Ft. Collins, CO; and four granddaughters Renata, Sasha, Olivia and Julina. Memorial gifts may be donated to Poor and the Homeless (P.A.T.H.), P.O. Box 315, redbluffpath.org; or a . Services will be held on Sat., Sept. 21, at 2:00 p.m. at Cone Community Church, 1 mile south of Dairyville on Hwy 99 E.
Published in Daily News on Sept. 11, 2013
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