Rocky "Rock" Smith

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Rocky "Rock" LeRoy Smith
April 7, 1959 - July 4, 2016
Rocky L. Smith; "Rock", 57, of Melba passed away Monday evening July 4th, 2016 at his home. He died peacefully with his family and several good friends present.
Rock was born April 7th, 1959 in Nampa, Idaho. He was the fourth son of Eldon and MarvaDene Smith. He arrived 6 weeks early, so his parents decided he needed a "tough" name; hence the name Rocky, although most people knew him as simply "Rock".
As a young boy growing up on the family dairy farm south of Nampa, he learned all about hard work at a young age. He could usually be found trapping gophers with a loyal dog along, usually some type of collie mix. When he was old enough, he began helping to milk the cows after school.
When he was eight, he joined 4-H and began raising and showing rabbits. As he got older, his interest turned to pigs. He even built his own farrowing barn and had his own sows. The income from his pigs allowed him to buy a brand new Chevy pickup in high school, which also served him through all his 4 years of college.
One year, his 4-H pig died while at the Canyon County Fair. Local farmer Elmer Tiegs began the bidding on Rock's dead pig, and it ended up selling for more than the Grand Champion. This is why he felt so strongly about supporting 4-H and FFA youth at the livestock auction at the county fairs.
Rock attended schools in Kuna, and graduated from Kuna High School in 1977. While there, he participated in wrestling, but what he enjoyed most were his years in FFA. This organization enabled him to travel and compete in many FFA contests and judging competitions. He was awarded the American Farmer Degree, the highest award given in 1978.
After graduation, he entered the University of Idaho, majoring in Animal Science. He was a member of Farm House Fraternity, where he served as President his senior year.
After college graduation, he returned to the family farm, eventually purchasing it from his parents.
He married fellow Vandal, Laurie Crea, on July 11, 1981 at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Cottonwood, Idaho.
After their daughter Megan was born in 1998, he tried to take more time to do things together as a family. He very much enjoyed his two trips to Disneyland, and Megan said he was going to take her again for her high school graduation! He was also able to go to both Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks with friends Glenn and Sue Kushlan.
He enjoyed 4-wheeling in the Owyhees, and camping, although the last couple years, the camper has gotten more use at the fairs than anywhere else!
He served on the Canyon County Soil Board till his health declined. He was also serving as President of the Treasure Valley Dairy Replacement Heifer Program, from which he had to resign as well. The TVDRHP is a wonderful program that enables youth to own, show, and sell a dairy heifer that was purchased from participating dairymen, and Rock very much wants to see this program continue.
Shortly after finishing his corn harvest in October of 2015, he was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer. We would like to thank Mike Spengler for capturing images of Rock's last harvest, taken with a drone, and posting them to YouTube.
Even as his health worsened, he would still go to the dairy and keep up on computer records, pay bills, and drive around and look at the crops.
It was only with the help of many, many of his good friends, neighbors, and loyal employees that the fall field work got done along with the spring planting and hay chopping. Other people helped with the running of the dairy, keeping track of the health and feeding of the cows. The farming and dairying community pulled together to help one of their own, and all of the people who have helped in some way are too numerous to mention.
Rock was able to attend Meridian Dairy Days one last time on June 25, 2016. He was able to see Megan named Champion 4-H Showman with her Holstein heifer "Elsa". Kristen Nesbitt, of the Meridian FFA, was named Champion FFA Showman showing a Smith Dairy heifer; and Cameron King, also of Meridian FFA received the Reserve Champion Overall in Quality, also a Smith Dairy heifer. Rock said "It was a good day".
Rock is survived by his wife Laurie and daughter Megan of Melba. Three brothers; Steve (Carmela) of Mississippi, Bruce (Patty) of Boise, and Rick (Kathy) of Marsing, and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and grandparents.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 12th at 11 AM in the Melba High School Gymnasium. A luncheon will follow there as well, with graveside services afterwards for family and close friends.
The family requests that dress be casual, as if you are going to attend a livestock show at your local fair. If you are an FFA member, please wear your jacket or official dress. If you are a member of a 4-H Club, please wear your club t-shirt.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made at any U.S. Bank for the Rocky L. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund or donation mailed to the TVDRHP, 501 Main Caldwell, Idaho 83605
Please support the 4-H and FFA youth when they sell their project animals at the Fairs this summer.
Be prepared to share a memory at the service if you wish.
"Help the next one in line, always stay humble and kind".

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Published in Idaho Press Tribune on July 10, 2016