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Gary Davis Smith

February 25, 1959 to February 22, 2014 -


Gary Davis Smith

Gary Davis Smith, 54, of Lake Oswego, died Feb. 22nd surrounded by family and friends. He was surrounded by those who were closest to him and faced the last days of his life with dignity, humor and love for all around him. He fought bravely and without complaint for the last three years against not one but two primary cancers. Throughout this journey, he never lost his sense of humor, infectious optimism and the love he had for his family and friends.

He was born to Roger and Carol Smith Feb. 25, 1959. He has always lived in Lake Oswego, Oregon. Gary graduated from Lakeridge High School in 1977 and received a BA in business from Oregon State University in 1981. He founded a company with his father, Roger. He married the love of his life and best friend, Debbie. They have two children, Lauren and Tyler Smith.

Gary lived life to the fullest. He and Debbie had an outlook on life that was marvelous. He smiled when he said “I have no bucket list and I am surrounded by people I love.” “No regrets” was his motto. He carried out his all too short life with a “Yeah, let’s do it” attitude. He and Debbie inseparably traveled through life with a smile. Gary was an avid photographer and Lakeridge baseball fan. He dedicated many volunteer hours. He took photos of many of your families. He lived in a house divided, but proudly wore the Duck shirt only to be caught with the Beaver shirt underneath so he did not get a rash. He loved being in Hawaii, at Cannon Beach or Mt. Hood with his family and friends.

Gary is survived by his wife and best friend, Debbie; two children Lauren and Tyler; and his parents Roger and Carol Smith; his sister and brother-in-law, Leasa and Jonathan Lowy; and nieces Anna and Sophie Lowy. He was a chosen honorary father to Olga, Galina and Melissa. Other survivors include father-inlaw Wayne Peterson; brother-in-law Mark Peterson; nieces Amber and Ashley; plus many friends. Smile if you are one of them because it is what he would want. Grow a mustache for him if you can.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to the Lakeridge baseball program in his honor at Pacerbaseball.net.

A service will be held at noon March 1 at Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, 4040 Sunset Drive in Lake Oswego.