Merle Douglas "Doug" Smith

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Merle Douglas 'Doug' Smith On Sunday March 10th, in the first hours of daylight saving time, Doug Smith died after gracefully living with liver cancer for a year. Doug was one of eight children born to Lucy Lozinto, Dry Creek Pomo, and Steven Smith Jr., Bodega Miwok. He was a member of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. Most of Doug's younger years were spent in Sonoma County with extended family, camping at the coast to gather seaweed, surf fish and abalone, living on his parents' ranch, and spending summers picking hops and fruit in California and Oregon. He was drafted into the Army in 1964 and served in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966. Doug was a wonderful person - understated, completely modest, accepting of himself and others, and always pleased to help. Pretty much everyone liked him. He was competent in an incredible range of skills including: woodworking, plumbing, electrical wiring, welding, blacksmithing, winery operation, fruit tree pruning, avionics, and equipment operation and repair. He loved seeing the world - enjoying good music, good food, art, good friends, and hiking. He had a wide variety of jobs - with Pan American Airways, Frey Winery, the National Park Service and Mare Island Naval Shipyards. For Doug, life was about learning and working on projects; he had a tool for every purpose. He was an avid reader of non-fiction. After retiring, he learned to tango, improved his golf game, spent time at his New River cabin, and continued to travel. This last year, it was important for him to see old friends and places, so he and his wife Ann, went to Crater Lake, Salt Point State Park, the Pacific Northwest, the Port Townsend Wooden Boat Show and to New Mexico. Doug leaves behind his wife Ann King Smith, two spoiled cats, Ann's two sisters Liza Goldblatt and Lee Nixon, three of his seven siblings: Marcy DeLira, Kathleen Smith and Nancy Napolitan; his sisters in law: Sally Smith, Pansy Smith, and Beverly Ortiz; fourteen nieces and nephews: Donna Ferris, Steven Smith, Cyndee Smith, Verna Smith, Sandy Smith, Bruce Smith, Linda Johnson, Tinamarie Rojo, Sherrie Smith-Ferri, Steven DeLira, Lorna Smith, David DeLira, Mark Smith, and Francesca Napolitan; eighteen great nieces and nephews, and several great great nieces and nephews. Family that died before Doug include three brothers (Steven Russell 'Russ' Smith, William 'Bill' Smith and Stanley Smith), a sister (Geraldine 'June' Dollar) and two nephews (Robert Herbst and John 'John John' Ferris). We made it through this year with the support of family, our friends, Doug's tango friends, and our Hupa family of George Blake and his children. Hospice made the last two and a half months much easier, and our truly loyal friend Dr. Corinne Frugoni was with us every step of the way. Donations may be sent to Veterans For Peace, Chapter 56, P.O. Box 532, Bayside, CA 95524. A gathering and lunch to honor Doug will be held at the Humboldt Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on April 5, 2013 at noon. Please sign the guest book at www.Times-Standard.com, click obits.

Published in Eureka Times-Standard from Mar. 16 to Mar. 19, 2013
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