Rob was born on February 26, 1971 in Cortez, Colorado. The youngest of three chil- dren, Rob graduated from Walla Walla Valley Academy in 1989. He attended Walla Walla College before striking out on his first of many busi- ness adventures, selling long- distance telephone service door-to-door.
Rob took the proceeds of those early efforts and opened an auto glass shop near Portland, Oregon, which eventually
grew to several shops in that area and in Denver, Colorado. Upon selling those businesses, Rob spent some time day trading in the stock market before moving with his family to Walla Walla and starting RBS Interactive, which grew into Quality Smith.
He brought a contagious, spontaneous energy and en- thusiasm to everything he did. He was passionate about anything he could share with his beloved boys, Carson and Cole, especially outdoors activities including hiking, four-wheeling and camping. Rob loved to fly and was an accomplished pilot.
An avid athlete with a particular passion for basketball, Rob often spent lunch hours in a regular game at the YMCA, where he served on the Board of Directors for a term. He was frequently sighted downtown, walking quickly to and from Starbucks, talking intently on the phone.
Rob will be remembered as a loving father, a caring hus- band, a generous friend, an inspiring leader, intuitive and fearless in business.
A funeral service honoring Rob's life and his many con- tributions to the lives of others will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday at the University Church in College Place, fol- lowed by a graveside service at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Memorial donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Walla Walla University's basketball program to establish a Robert B. Schmidt memorial scholarship or to the Walla Walla YMCA.
Rob is survived by his sons, Carson Michael and Cole Matthew and their mother, Rebecca, of Walla Walla; father Bruce Schmidt (Gwen) of The Dalles, Oregon; mother Trudy Harvey of Portland, Oregon; sister Tami Arias (George) of Walla Walla; sister Tricia Schmidt of Portland, Oregon; nephews Colton and Sammy Arias of Walla Walla; uncle David Schmidt (Donna) of Oregon City, Oregon, and uncle Clancy Schmidt (Connie) of Phoenix, Arizona.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at www.mountainview-colonialdewitt.com