He was 88 years old. Graveside services will be held Thursday, July 27, 2006 at 2 p.m. at Juniper Haven Cemetery.
Dan Cannon and Bill Smith will be officiating. There will be a celebration of his life following the service at Meadow Lakes club house.
Earl Smith was born March 26, 1918 to Earl A. and Gladys B. Smith in Mayville, Oregon. He married Geraldine Ann Anderson on August 30, 1946.
Earl graduated from Condon High School and then attended Oregon State University.
After school Earl joined the service where he served in World War II. He was a staff sergeant in the U.S. Army Air Corp and served in the African Italian Theater.
Earl then ranched in the Mitchell, Oregon from 1946 to 1964 at which time he moved to Antelope where he continued ranching.
Earl was noted for his service to Northwest agriculture, appointed by three governors to the state board of agriculture, chairman of the board of the Pacific International Livestock Exposition, chairman of the board of Northwest Livestock Production Credit Association, vice president of Oregon Cattleman's Association, and president of the Wheeler County Cattleman's Association.
In 1995 he was honored by Oregon State University as a member of the Diamond Pioneer Agriculture Career Achievement Registry.
Earl was also active in civic and community affairs serving as chairman of the Mitchell School Board and a board member of the Oregon Historical Society.
Survivors include: his wife Ann Smith of Antelope, Ore.; stepson Marc and his wife Shirley Anderson of Springfield; granddaughter Darcy and husband Amal Patel of Washington, D.C.; grandson Adam and his wife Jena Anderson of Eugene, Ore.; special friend Judy Hagerty of Madras, Ore., and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers.
Memorial contributions may be made to an Oregon youth agricultural program of your choice or the Oregon Historical Society.
Whispering Pines Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.