In Memory

Rickie Lynn Smith

Rickie Lynn Smith

December 26, 1948 ~ December 9, 2015 Rick Smith, 66, of Evanston, Wyoming passed away unexpectedly on December 9, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. He had been having one of the best days of his life. Rick was born in Ogden, Utah on December 26, 1948 to Veral and Venna Smith. He grew up in Davis county and attended Davis High School. Rick was a natural athlete and loved football, his team went to and won state championship. After high school Rick went to Weber State University but felt a duty to enlist in the army and spent a year in Vietnam. He was a specialist and served as a combat infantryman squad leader with the Americal Division in the DaNang area, he was awarded the Bronze Star medal for meritorious achievement in ground operations against hostile forces in the Republic of Vietnam during the period of January 1969 to January 1970. His other decorations include the National Defense service Medal, and the Combat Infantrymans Badge. After his discharge he returned to Utah, where he pursued his love of the mountains and skiing and worked with the Utah Ski Patrol. In 1975 Rick moved his family to Wyoming where he worked hard in the oilfield to provide for them a wonderful life full of adventure. He retired from BP in 2010. Rick had a passion for Wyoming, its beauty and loved to spend all of the time that he could camping , hunting , fishing and riding his wheeler . He loved his family deeply and would do anything to make them happy, we will all miss his sense of humor and his laugh. Rick is survived by his three sisters: Tamara DelCaro of California, Dale Rae (Norris) Robins of Kaysville, Utah, Linda Kay(Dennis) Durbano of Ogden, Utah; the love of his life, Janet Thomason and their hunting dog, Bubbles; his three daughters that he was so proud of, Carrie (Michael) Searle, Theresa (Jeff) Schut, Dana (Jef Yeates) Smith. He also had ten grandchildren that meant the world to him: Justin, Kendi Rae, Ryker, Brooks, Tanner, Kaitlyn, Brody, Nick, Shelby and Venna. Rick was preceded in death by his parents, Veral and Venna Smith. A celebration of his life and memorial will be held this Friday, December 18, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Evanston Alliance Church on Overthrust Road and then at a later date his family and friends will scatter his ashes at his favorite spot in Wyoming.

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02/04/17 12:24 PM #1    

Karen Stock (Andre)

Rickie was in my third grade class at Layton Elementary.  On Valentines Day he gave me a big store bought Valentine Card!  I treasured it, as only a third grader could.  I still have it in my scrapbook, I will always remember my friend, Rickie Smith.💖

03/01/17 11:41 AM #2    

Ernest Anthony Shrope

Rick was a good friend we voluntered for the draft together  in 1968 went to Vietnam together weighs on my heart to know he has passed.





05/13/17 12:01 PM #3    

Susan Fry (Shifflett)

This is a photo at Layton Elementary with Doug Rowe, Stephen Dunn, and Rick Smith. Karen (Stock) Andre, I'm not sure but I'm thinking this may have been a few years after the beloved Valentine that Rick gave to you. They are such cute guys.  

05/19/17 10:34 AM #4    

Karen Stock (Andre)

The old photo of Rick, Stephen and Doug is a Classic.  All three guys were and are so fun and neat!  It brings back Memories...thanks Sue!

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