In Loving Memory
Clyde W. Smith
March 25, 1915 – April 28, 2013
Clyde W. Smith, 98, of College Place, WA, passed away peacefully
at the home of his niece, on Sunday, April 28, 2013.
He was born March 25, 1915 in Bellingham, WA, the oldest of ten
children born to Ray and Mabel (Moody) Smith. He was the first in
the family to leave the homestead in Alaska to come to the Lower 48 to
attend school at Auburn Adventist Academy in Washington. He made
the trip down on a fishing ship, working to earn money for school.
Clyde worked in Alaska during the summers, and was an accomplished
commercial salmon fisherman, trapper, dog teamer,
and crew member alongside his brothers in their fishing boats.
Years later, Clyde was captain of his own boats, the Betty J and the
Sea Breeze in Bristol Bay. His crew through the years consisted of
his son Roger, daughter Val, daughter-in-law Connie, and countless
other relatives and friends. He continued to fish even after
retiring from school work; his last year being in 1993.
His high school education was completed at Auburn Academy
in 1935. He continued his education at Walla Walla University,
where he took accounting, and earned a teaching certificate.
Winifred Wheatley, a classmate of Clyde’s at the academy, became
his wife in 1937. He began his career as a business manager
and teacher in 1941 at Granger Academy. He then went on
to Columbia Academy in Battle Ground, WA; Milo Academy in
Days Creek, OR; Mt. Ellis Academy in Bozeman, MT; and his
final duties were as business manager and treasurer for Auburn
Adventist Academy in Auburn, WA. He also taught history and
typing while at Auburn.
Clyde and Winifred worked in Christian education, serving
the Seventh-day Adventist church at the secondary school level
for 37 1/2 years.
Through the years Clyde has made young people a priority.
He was an avid outdoorsman, and led countless youth on hiking
trips, survival camping, and skiing excursions. He was an experienced
mountain climber. He climbed Mount Rainier at least six
times, as well as many other peaks throughout the Northwest,
including Mount Hood, Mount St. Helens, Mount Adams, Glacier
Peak, Mount Washington, Grand Teton, Mount Shasta, and
Clyde continued helping people even into his retirement. He
served his church as treasurer for many years. He enjoyed his
“hobby” of cutting firewood, and was always on the lookout for
any tree that was down and firewood worthy. He often surprised
people in need with a load of seasoned wood in the fall. He was
a true philanthropist, and helped many students pay for their
In the mid 1990s, Clyde and Winnie moved to Big Sky country
to the town of Big Timber, MT. Not content to sit around
and grow old, Clyde got busy seeking out what he could do for
the community. He became an active member of the local Lions
Club, and was also a volunteer in cleaning up and maintaining
a small roadside park along the Boulder River. This was Winnie’s
favorite project, because she could keep an eye on him from
their house across the river. Clyde’s garage was a wonderful wood
working shop, and he enjoyed creating specially designed doll
houses, complete with shake roofs. Many of these were donated
to hospital pediatric units for the enjoyment of the recovering
children. Many little girls were fortunate to be given these special
houses as well, completely furnished with furniture created by
Skiing was also one of Clyde’s passions. He skied much longer
than most, and took advantage of the “free” lift tickets because he
was so old. At 92, one of his last skiing trips was to Bridger Bowl
near Bozeman, MT, where he enjoyed skiing with his son, granddaughter,
After his dear wife of 72 years passed away in Big Timber,
Clyde moved to College Place, WA, to be under the tender care of
his niece, Margaret Duhart. He had a team of caregivers, including
Larisa Duhart, Rebecca Morse, and Bill and Evelyn Smith.
His friend, Eldon Stratton, took him to many of the Walla Walla
Sweets home games. Margaret shared these words about his life
- “He was a good leader. Left plenty of paths in the woods and
up mountains. Many young people have looked up to him over
the years, and he has lifted many and pointed them to their true
potential. Loving father to Val, Roger, Kay and doting grandfather
to Kim and besotted great-grandfather to Oliver. Let it be
said that he loved all his family near and far, kept the faith, and
He is survived by his son Roger (Connie) Smith of Eau Claire,
MI; two daughters, Valerie Emmerson of Big Timber, MT, and
Kay (Tom) Smith-Hurt of Auburn, WA; one granddaughter,
Kimberly (James) Shumaker of Greeneville, TN; and one greatgrandson,
Oliver Shumaker of Greeneville, TN. He was preceded
in death by a daughter, Gloria Jean, and his wife, Winifred
A celebration of life service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday,
May 27, 2013 in the Chapel of the College Place Village Church
of Seventh-day Adventists, 715 SE 12th Street, College Place,
WA. Visitation with the family will begin at 10:00 a.m. Inurnment
will be at a later date in Aleknagik, AK.
Memorials may be made to Mt. Ellis Academy, Worthy Student
Fund, through Mountain View-Colonial DeWitt, 1551 Dalles
Military Road, Walla Walla, WA 99362.
Friends may write memories and sign the online guestbook at