Dave Smith | Obituary

Dave Smith | Obituary

Dave Smith | Obituary

Dave Smith was born to Ron

Smith and Esther Stromberger

Smith on November 22, 1938 in

Prosser, Washington. The first of

five children, Dave remembered

waking up early to milk cows

before going to school. The family

lived in Wenatchee for ten years,

then moved to Seattle, where Dave

attended Roosevelt High School,

served in the National Guard, and became a firefighter.

An avid car buff, he also opened his own service station

there. In 1968, he moved his family to Fall City and joined

his father’s insurance agency.

In 1973 he relocated to Elko, Nevada, where his varied

career history included stints selling cattle, fixing cars,

and continuing the family tradition in the insurance

business. He owned his own agency, which he eventually

merged into a partnership, Smith-Gregory Insurance. His

last professional post was as proprietor of Dave Smith

Risk Management. Following his retirement, he ran for

mayor of Elko before moving to Page, Arizona in 1996.

Dave’s retirement offered a chance to indulge his love

of all things automotive, building a sporty yellow Manx

kit car that he decorated with lights for Page’s holiday

parades. Known for his easy smile, strong opinions,

colorful phrases, and genuine interest in people, Dave

believed that everyone had something to sell—whether a

product, a philosophy or an idea.

His love for life sustained him against massive odds until

August 27, 2020. Dave was preceded in death by his

parents, brother Ed, and niece Veronica, and is survived

by his wife of 43 years, Cynthia; siblings Lori Williams,

Mike (Deb), and Mary Siebert (Steve); daughters Pam

Lynde (Ryoji), Megan Smith-Hallingshead (Bobby),

and Catherine Arias (Bert); grandchildren Wendy, Elsa,

Taliessin, Audrey, Brooke, and Bethany; and greatgrandchildren

Marlei, CJ, and namesake David.

At Dave’s request, there will be no service.

Dave Smith


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