Obituary of Arthur T. Smith
Arthur T. Smith was born and raised in Oakland, California with his parents, Clara and Lynn Smith and an older sister, Bobbie. While in high school, his father’s illness and death caused a move to the Santa Rosa area of California where he was to spend much of his adult life. When World War II began, he joined what was then the Army Air Force. He trained in Colorado, where he met Dorothy of Pueblo at a “Big Band” dance. He spent his war years in the South Pacific, supporting the liberation of the Philippines. After the war in 1946, he and Dorothy married. They danced together through many happy years. They eventually settled in Healdsburg, California where they lived in a neighborhood of friends for over 30 years. They had two children, a son Stephen and a daughter Lynnette and spent summers sailing and camping at Lake Pillsbury. Art enjoyed a career with AT&T, rising from lineman to supervisor to engineer; retiring with 30 years of service. He told many entertaining stories of his adventures as a “telephone man”. He also worked as a telephone engineering contractor in Illinois and Santa Maria, California. After retirement, they moved to Rough and Ready, California onto 5 wooded acres in the Sierra Nevada foothills. They built their dream home, produced an exceptional vegetable garden, traveled extensively with their 5th wheel trailer and made many friends. Art
made furniture for their home, fished, danced, and socialized with the Telephone Pioneers, and other local groups. Their 50th wedding anniversary in
1996 was a festive weekend and reunion of friends and family with over 100 attendingfrom many parts of the country. After Dorothy died in 2006, the Widowed Persons Association of California provided support and new friends. He remained at his home as long as his health and eyesight allowed, sharing part of this time with lifelong friend, Margaret Jolicoeur. In 2012, he moved to Helena, Montana for the company and support of his son and extended family. While Helena never became “home”, he made a good life and new friends at Hunter’s Pointe where he enjoyed book club discussions and Bingo. Art will be missed. Family includes daughter Lynnette Ellison (Penn Valley, CA), granddaughter
Amanda Genero, Amanda’s children Audrie Genero, James V Genero IV, and Luis Angel Ruiz JR, and granddaughter Brandi Souza, husband Kenney, and children Jaiden Johnson and Violetta Souza. His Helena, MT family are son Stephen and daughterin- law Susan Smith grandson Garrett and grandson Conner and his wife, Puja, and daughters, Reva and Aaliya Smith. Art loved and appreciated all of his many close and dear friends and family. Thank you to all who enriched his life. A family memorial will be held at the Rough and Ready Cemetery. Pictures and remembrances may be viewed and shared on Facebook. (Find this site by getting on Facebook and then searching for Arthur & Dorothy Smith memoirs.) Donations may be made to the charity of your choice.
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