John Larry Smith was born March 13, 1948 in Sheridan, Wyoming the son of John and Louise (Beeler) Smith. He passed away in Granite, Oregon on January 1, 2019 at the age of 70.
John traveled extensively with his family throughout his childhood. As a young adult, he served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War and received the Purple Heart.
After the war, he moved back to Yakima, WA where he met and married Diana Williams on September 11, 1970 at the courthouse by the Justice of the Peace. They later moved around and initially settled in the Port Angeles, WA area where he began his career as a diesel mechanic for Del-Hur Industries. He next lived in Spokane, WA for a short time before moving to Hermiston, Oregon in the early 1990's. He retired from Del-Hur Industries after nearly forty years of work in 2016.
John was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing (especially with his kids), going to archery shoots, making knives and doing carpentry work. He was a member of the Union Local #701, the N.R.A. and the Eastern Oregon Miners and Prospectors.
He is survived by his wife of forty-eight years, Diana; children, Lora (Vern) Ressler of Bay City, OR, Rebecca Smith of Hermiston, John (Debbie) Smith of Hermiston and Scott (BeAnn) Smith of Sherwood; grandchildren, Samantha, Jessica, Danielle, Zarah, Ryan, Nicholas and McKenna; great grandchildren, Brooklynn, Charlotte, Jackson, Hayden, Mara and Fiona; brothers, David, Duane and Keith; sisters, Nancy and Margaret; and many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Floyd and Clyde.
Viewing will be held from 11:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. on Saturday January 5, 2019 at the Burns Mortuary Chapel (685 W. Hermiston Avenue Hermiston, OR). A Private family celebration will be held at a later time.
Family suggest memorial donations be made the American Cancer Society.
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