Gregory Dee Smith

August 31, 1959 - October 19, 2013-

Gregory SmithGregory Dee Smith of Portland, passed over on Oct. 19, 2013, at the age of 54.

Greg was born in Bend, on Aug. 31, 1959, to Sybil K. Cowapoo Smith of the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla and Kenneth L. Smith of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs. Greg was an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs.

His life journey took him through Warm Springs, Madras, San Francisco, Pendleton, and Portland. In 1977, he graduated from Madras High School, where he enjoyed golf and bowling. Greg continued his higher education, receiving a Bachelor Degree in Psychology in 2006 from Portland State University. He was working on a Master Degree in Public Administration. While attending college he worked for Oregon Health Science University, the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, and Portland State University in office administration.

He enjoyed spending time and volunteering at the Native American Student Community Center at Portland State University. He was active with the Native Center Powwows and offered assistance whenever he could.

Greg was known for his intellect, his wit and his laughter. He was a beautiful, sensitive soul with a gentle and loving heart.

He loved motion pictures, often amusing people with his almost photographic memory of dialogue and scenes. Greg enjoyed meeting friends for lunch, spending holidays with his family and maintaining friendships by telephone.

Survivors include his father, Kenneth L. Smith (and spouse Jeanie); his sister, Michele K. Hensel (Kendal); his stepsisters, Debra Adele Daniels, and Becky Rae Schroeder (David); and numerous much loved aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends. He was preceded in death by his mother, Sybil Cowapoo Smith.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 2 p.m., at Wilhelm’s Portland Memorial, 6705 S.E. 14th Ave., Portland, OR 97202. Burial services will be held on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 11 a.m., at the Agency Cemetery in Warm Springs, off of Highway 26.

Memorial donations may be made, in the memory of Greg Smith, to PSU Foundation, Native American Student and Community Center, Fund No. 3201102, P.O. Box 243, Portland, OR 97207, or call 503-725-4911.