Dennis Smith, 73, of Hood River, Ore., passed away June 16, 2017, at his home surrounded by his loved ones.
Dennis was born Jan. 2, 1944, in Hood River, to Charles and Betty (Olson) Smith. He graduated from Hood River Valley High School in 1962.
Dennis was always a natural athlete with great hand-eye coordination and a cooperative spirit in any contest. In grade school, he caught the most fish during outings on Indian Creek, and he threw the most touchdown passes on the playground. While sledding Jackson Park, he knocked an annoying blue jay out of the air with a snowball on his first try.
When he got to high school, he was the obvious quarterback and point guard, lettering 3 years in each sport. His passes made both his receivers members of the All-League Football Team. His senior year, he led the basketball team to HRHS’s only trip to the state tournament in Coos Bay, upsetting Seaside (then ranked No. 1 in the state) to win the district championship, dribbling out the last 30 seconds of the game while being chased by three opponents.
He was a remarkable teammate, and, despite his substantial personal athletic accomplishments, he was quick to deflect attention away from himself to others. He was a loyal friend. In later years, he was a proud father and grandfather. Hood River became a little quieter on June 16 at 9:41 a.m.
Dennis was preceded in death by father Charles Smith, mother Betty Smith, his son Timothy Charles (age 6 years) and sister Phyllis Evens.
Dennis is survived by his daughter Stacey Barnes (husband Todd), son Darren Smith (wife Kimberly) and daughter Ashley Fisher and grandchildren Brittany Powell, Courtney Fisher, Sheldon Barnes, Brennen Fisher and Campbell Smith.
A special thank you to Terry and Donna Johnson and their family for all of their support, as well as Hood River Providence Hospice of the Gorge.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in honor of Dennis to HRVHS with envelopes addressed to HRVHS Athletics Department, 1220 Indian Creek Road, Hood River, OR 97031.
A celebration of life graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, June 23 at Idlewilde Cemetery, 980 Tucker Road, Hood River. Arrangement are under the direction of Anderson's Tribute Center (Funerals • Receptions • Cremations), 1401 Belmont Ave., Hood River. Visit www. AndersonsTributeCenter.com to leave a note of condolence for the family and for updated service information.
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