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Richard Smith

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Richard Smith Obituary
Feb. 15, 1934 - July 28, 2018 Esparto Richard Smith, 84, a retired Yolo County Animal Control Officer, and retired Western Greyhound Bus Driver (ATU 1225), passed away peacefully July 28, at the Californian Dementia Care after an accident he suffered on his birthday, Feb. 15. He was born Feb. 15, 1934 in Decatur, IL, the oldest child of Virgil C. and Dorothy Lucille Smith. While in his sophomore year in state normal university Bloomington, IL he broke his leg playing football. A year later, he joined the US Air Force. He was stationed at Parks Air Force base as an Orthropedic Technician for four years. After four years he left the Air Force and worked for the Amalgamated transit union as a bus driver and assistant business agent for local 1225. During the Vietnam War, greyhound employees went on strike, he worked at Letterman General Hospital as an ambulance driver and technician. He was offered a permanent position but decided that driving was an adventure. In November 1964 he met his future wife, Pilar Shimizu, who was a passenger on his bus. Richard and Pilar were married March 1965 in Reno, NV and again April 1970 at St. Veronica's Catholic Church in South San Francisco. While still driving for Greyhound, Richard and Pilar attended the Skyline Junior College in South San Francisco. They were the first graduates of the newly accredited junior college in San Mateo County and the very first husband and wife to graduate there. After graduation, Richard and Pilar were accepted and transferred to the University of California, Davis where Richard majored in Animal Husbandry. Richard enjoyed volunteer work. He was particularly happy as the Yolo County Sheriff cadet advisor for 20 years that his daughter, Becky, a cadet with Davis PD, organized the first Sheriff's cadet program in 1982. Survivors include his wife, Pilar at home in Esparto; one step-son and daughter in law, Eugene and Tamara Nestal of Elk Grove; one son and daughter in law, Richard (Rick) and Sherry Smith of Sandersville, GA; daughter and son in law, Becky and Michael Bass of Hayfork; daughter, Sherry Lyn Mailhiot, of Paradise; also by one brother and sister, David Smith of Decatur, IL and Linda Miller of Alamo, TX; several nieces, nephews and grandchildren. Funeral service will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14, at Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, 5810 Midway Road, Dixon. Donations in Richards name may be made to Yolo Hospice, 1909 Galileo Ct., Ste. A, Davis, 95618 or to Calvary Baptist Church, PO Box 63 Esparto, 95627.
Published in Daily Democrat from Aug. 8 to Aug. 14, 2018
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