On Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2019, Richard (Smitty) Dennis Smith, loving husband and father, passed away at age 69.
Richard was born on April 5, 1950, in Idaho Falls, Idaho. His parents were Reynold Dennis Smith and Reoma May (Adams) Smith. His home for the first few years was on a small cattle farm in Mackay, Idaho. But when the farm was sold in 1956, he, his parents and siblings, Merlene, Lonnie, and Leah, moved to Blackfoot, where he went to school and graduated in 1968. Not long after graduation he joined the Navy. It was while he was stationed in San Diego, Calif., that he met Marietta (Rita) Pearl Postlewait, and they were married on Oct. 19, 1972. They had two sons, Danny and Sam.
Rick retired from the Navy in 1991, after which he and Rita moved to Gannett, Idaho, where he worked for the Sun Valley Co. until his retirement in 2016. His interests were horses, guitars and shooting. Shooting was his main passion and he was a crack shot. He learned to reload and make his own ammunition. He loved riding his horse, Tesla. And together they joined the Sawtooth Rangers Riding Club. He was proud to be a veteran. He enjoyed talking to other vets, especially to older ones, and liked hearing their stories about their service to their country. And he was fiercely patriotic.
He was preceded in death by his father, Reynold Dennis Smith; his mother, Reoma Smith; and his younger brother, Lonnie Franklin Smith. He is survived by his wife, Marietta, of Gannett, Idaho; his sons, Danny Smith, of Gannett, Idaho, and Sam Smith (Jennifer) of Mossyrock, Wash.; his granddaughters, Gracie and Ashley; grandsons, Brandon and Corey; great-granddaughters, Harper, Addilynne and Reagan; sisters, Merlene Hurst (Arlen) of Heyburn, Idaho, and Leah Silcock (Robert) of Burley, Idaho; and several cousins and nieces and nephews.
On Aug. 24, a viewing will be at noon followed by the service at 1 p.m. at the LDS church in Leslie, Idaho. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Northwest Battle Buddies at northwestbattlebuddies.org/, which provides service dogs for combat veterans with PTSD. Arrangements are under the direction of Morrison Funeral Home, 188 S. Highway 24 in Rupert.