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.