Stephen David Smith

Born: Wed., Jul. 22, 1992
Died: Fri., Mar. 16, 2012


Graveside Service

11:00 AM Wed., Mar. 21, 2012


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Stephen D. Smith, of Hermiston, Oregon, was born on July 22, 1992 in Hermiston, Oregon to parents, Robert R. and Belinda K. Griggs Smith. He died on March 16, 2012 near Mountain Home, Idaho at the age of 19 years. Stephen was raised in San Diego, CA until 2001 when the family moved to Hermiston, Oregon. He attended Highland Hills Elementary and Sunset Elementary before attending Sandstone Middle School. Stephen then graduated from Hermiston High School in the class of 2011. He was currently attending Blue Mountain Community College and working for Tom Denschel Ford. Stephen was an aspiring engineer and inventor. He was artistic, creative, and enjoyed building things.

He is survived by his parents: Robert and Belinda Smith, Hermiston, OR; sisters: Danielle and Kaitlyn Smith, both of Hermiston, OR; and his grandparents: Larry & Sandra Smith and Edward & Mary Griggs, all of Hermiston, OR.

 

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, March 21, 2012 11:00 A.M. at the Pleasant View Cemetery, Stanfield, Oregon.

 

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Kiona Elkins
   Posted Mon March 19, 2012
Mr & Mrs Smith,
I am so sorry for your loss of Stephen. I can not even imagine what its like to lose a child. But I know that he touched the lives of many and had such a kind soul. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers. Please let me know if I can help with anything at all.

Blessings,
Kiona

cathy lloyd
   Posted Mon March 19, 2012
My sympathy and prayers to your family at this time. I had Stephen in class on numerous occasions and I always enjoyed my encounters with him. He made me smile and made me think, much like his father. We never know why these things happen and even if we did, it might not ease the ache of loss.We are told that as one ship leaves the shore, those left behind wave their goodbyes and say "there he goes" while as the ship disappears from our view, there are those on a distant shore who are ready to say "Here he comes" May the Lord provide you with strength and comfort in the days ahead. Cathy

Gretchen Erickson
   Posted Tue March 20, 2012
I am so sorry for this loss. You are in my heart and prayers and thoughts at this very difficult time. You can be proud of your son and grandson. You obviously provided him with a nurturing, loving environment for him to be so talented, hard working and goal oriented. Please know that I care.

Floann Lund
   Posted Tue March 20, 2012
Bob & Belinda,
Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you during this tragic time. We are both so deeply saddened by the loss of your son. To be taken from you at such a young age makes our grief pale in comparison to the pain you are feeling, but we had to let you know that we are sharing your loss in our own way.

No one knows why bad things happen to those so innocent and whose life has hardly begun. For now it will have to remain the painful mystery that it is. Losses like this can make us challenge our faith; however, this is precisely the time when our faith needs to be its strongest.

I am praying that your faith will help you through this very difficult time and help you to know that God's purpose, whatever it may be, is at work. I pray that you will lean on Christ to help you through your grief and sadness.

In thinking about your loss, I would like to leave you with the oft quoted words of an observer at Abraham Lincoln's deathbed who said upon his passing, "Now he belongs to the angels."

In Sincere Friendship,
John & Flo Lund

Tresia Frederickson
   Posted Tue March 20, 2012
We are so to here about Stephen. There are no words to say how much we will miss him. We are so sorry for your family and will be Praying for strength and guidness in this time of need. If there is anything we can do for you please fill free to let us help. God bless. Tresia and Erick and Erik Frederickson

Laura Gaulke
   Posted Tue March 20, 2012
Dear Smith family,
I so wish there were words that were helpful right now, but I know it isn't so. At some point you will look back and feel some comfort in knowing so many people cared and prayed for you at this time. I was touched by people who would tell me of things they remembered about Zane. So my memory for you is of how your son made my husband smile. Every time I was with Mike, and Stephen would stop and talk to him, Mike had a smile on his face. And not a little smirk a full face smile. He truly enjoyed your son. That is what I will always remember and appreciate about Stephen. I pray God gives you the strength to get through today. One day at a time. Sometimes one moment at a time. That's the only way to get through this.
With the most sincere sympathy,
Laura Gaulke

Mike and Joani Bosworth
   Posted Tue March 20, 2012
We are so sorry to hear of your son's death. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We are here for you if you need anything.
Mike and Joani Bosworth

Bill & Shirley Porfily
   Posted Wed March 21, 2012
Bob and Belinda: You and the girls are in our prayers, we know that your strong faith will get you through this tragic time. It is a great comfort to be sure he is with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

With our deep sympathy. Shirley and Bill Porfily

Susan Rodgers
   Posted Wed March 21, 2012
To Bob and Belinda,
I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Words fail me to properly express how I wish I could offer comfort at this time. When I picture Stephen in my mind, it is always with that easy smile of his. Stephen had a love of learning, a great sense of humor, and when you were around him, you couldn''t help but smile yourself. You have my greatest sympathy.
Sincerely,
Susan Rodgers

Ruby Anderson
   Posted Wed March 21, 2012
Bob and Belinda,
Sorry for your loss. Your family is in our prayers.
Love always,
Ruby Anderson

Dave & Cindy Shockan
   Posted Wed March 21, 2012
We are so sorry for your loss. Please know that we are thinking of you.

Deona Siex (Schoenhals)
   Posted Wed March 21, 2012
Belinda and family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your son. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
Sincerely,
Deona Siex (Schoenhals)

Keith & Jeanne Kennedy
   Posted Wed March 21, 2012
We were saddened to hear of Stephens passing. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.
May God bless you and hold you close now and always.

Francisco
   Posted Wed March 21, 2012
Mr. and Mrs. Smith,

I'm sorry for your loss. Stephen was my best friend, so I lost someone too. Just want you to know he is in my prayers.

My sincerest regards,

Francisco Rodriguez

Brenda Appleton
   Posted Wed March 21, 2012
Bob and Belinda,
I was so saddened to hear of Stephens passing. I will always remember what a joy he was to have in class. He possessed a love of learning, and was always ready to make you smile. My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.

Eve (Foote) Dolan
   Posted Thu March 22, 2012
Belinda, how do I even begin to tell you how my heart aches for you at the news of your son''s passing. I never saw your son, but I know a mother''s love for her child and I am without adequate words to say how very sorry I am. You will be in my prayers that the pain you feel now can be eased. Love, Eve (Trisha''s Mom)

Roberta Sanker
   Posted Thu March 22, 2012
Bob and Belinda:
I wanted to let you know that you are in our prayers. We are so sorry you have lost your son. You were a very good friend to my father, and I remember all the times you visited while he was so sick. I have not understood the pain of a loss like yours, but I have felt the knowlege that God will help you through this. He has helped me through so much with my daughter. Our prayers are for you and your family; Roberta, Rich, Cheryl , Holly Sanker, Richland, WA

Joan Quertermous McReynolds
   Posted Thu March 22, 2012
Bob & Belinda,
I am so sorry for your loss. Praying that you will find strength in the Lord. sincerely Joan Quertermous McReynolds

Wayne and Elois
   Posted Thu March 22, 2012
Mary, Ed, Belinda,Bob and Girls

We were so sorry to hear about Steven's death, we want you to know that all of you are in our prayers. We don't understand why bad things happen to good people. But God has a purpose in all things. I have never figured out why my sister and brother were killed so young. Also Gene .
We love you and wish we lived closer so we could see you.

Tammy Stevens Hendrickson Smietana
   Posted Fri March 23, 2012
Belinda,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I know it has been years since we have talked, but at a time like this I want you to know how sorry I am. I have no idea the pain you must be enduring, and I will keep you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.
Tammy

Shawn Worstell
   Posted Fri March 23, 2012
I was so sad to hear of the loss of your son! I have many memories of Stephen from his time at Sunset. He was a real thinker and always posed tough questions for me to ponder. He will always be remembered for his willingness to help anyone! I pray that the special memories you have of him will help you get through these tough days. You are in my prayers.
Shawn Worstell

Dallas Kile
   Posted Sat March 24, 2012
Mr.Smith I am so sorry for your loss and I''ll be praying for you and I''ll tell my family to pray for you. You probably don''t remember me but I was in your math class last year. Anyway I am truly sorry and I hope you feel better. I never knew Stephen but I bet he was a great guy and I wish I had the chance to meet him.

Liz Marvin
   Posted Sat March 24, 2012
I am extremely saddened by the passing of Stephen. He always made me smile. We always had a great time at scouts and it was great to reconnect with him when he was in high school. His thoughtful gifts were treasured and kept. You instilled so many wonderful character traits in him, thank you.
Sincerely, Liz Marvin