Douglas Smith

Doug began life in San Pedro California and finished in his home at Buffalo Creek B.C. Between those two events was a lifetime of learning, loving, advocating, building, educating, being an all-round nice guy and many believe he was a Renaissance man.

Doug graduated from Bellingham High School and entered the U.S. Navy, serving as a quartermaster for four years during the Korean Conflict. He studied Art and Science at Western Washington University and earned a B.A. and M.A. from Western. He later became a National Science Foundation Fellow at the University of Washington Marine Biological Station in Friday Harbour while doing post graduate work.

Doug taught in the Seattle schools six years before deciding to emigrate to Canada in 1968 with his wife and three children. In his teaching career he taught art, math, design and drafting, chemistry, and (his most passionate subject) Biology. He taught Biology until his retirement in1991. After his retirement he became involved with preserving rural schools as instruments for foundational learning. He never stopped learning and sought to impart his knowledge whenever he could.

During his teaching career he took students on innumerable field and backpacking trips which extended from the Cascades and Rockies to the shores of the Pacific in California, Washington, and B.C.

Doug was a skier, mountain climber, sailor, artist, world traveler, voracious reader, writer and thinker. He was active with the Boy Scouts (Order of the Arrow), brought X-country skiing to 100 Mile, helped develop the 100 Mile ski hill, served on many committees and organizations to promote social, recreational, and economic development in the Cariboo. He was an active member of the NDP federally and provincially. He has recently served on the executive of the Forest Grove Community Recreation Centre, Royal Canadian Legion Br. 261, and the Forest Grove 94 Lions.

Doug resided in 100 Mile House for two years until he could build a home in Buffalo Creek where he spent the remainder of his life in the company of Karen who shared his dreams, passions, and laments. He was a man of honour and leaves behind his wife Karen; sons Dean and Dennis; daughter Deanna (Tish); Grandsons Emery Hunt, Elliott Hunt, Levi Smith, Aaron Smith; Granddaughters Robin Hunt, Alexandra Tanco-Smith, Francesca Tanco-Smith, Candace McCoy; Daughter-in-laws Sheryl Tanco and Lauri McCoy.

Doug wished to have a party and so it will be…

All who knew him or wished to know him are invited

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Forest Grove Community Hall next to Forest Grove Elementary School

Time: 1300hrs-1600hrs (1:00pm-4:00pm)

Meat draw to follow at the Forest Grove Legion

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