Rolland Robert Smith

Rolland Robert Smith went home to his Lord and Savior on Nov. 14, 2019, at the age of 77 in Sun City West, Arizona. He was born Nov. 12, 1942, in Aberdeen, Washington, to Rolland and Hazel, the eighth of 10 children. Rolland (Bob, Butch) graduated Montesano High School, and went on to graduate Western Washington University with a teaching degree in history.

After completing his first year of teaching, Bob’s interest in banking led him to a management training program and career with the National Bank of Commerce, which eventually became Rainier National Bank. It was here where Bob met the love of his life, Pamela. They married in May of 1976.

In August of 1989, Bob and Pam moved to Vashon Island, Washington. They attended Bethel Free Evangelical church, where Bob served as an elder. Becoming a Master Gardener, Bob poured his botanical passion into creating fascinating displays of dahlias and prize berries.

Early in 1992, Bob left the corporate banking industry and helped form and manage ETAdvantage, a business which sold and serviced bank machines. In 2004, Bob officially retired, and he and Pam set off in their motorhome on a seven year snowbirding adventure. In 2012, they sold their home on Camano Island, Washington and moved to their forever home in Sun City West, Arizona.

Bob spent the last seven years enjoying the sun, golf and pickleball. He was a devoted member, elder and usher of New Hope Fellowship church in Sun City West. Bob was a well loved, respected consultant and friend to his church family.

Bob is survived by Pam, his adoring wife of 43 years, his four children: Mark Smith (Ursula), Damon Smith (Glen), Erin Nelson (Scott), Elizabeth Smith and his six grandchildren: Marie and Jeff Peterson, Jilliana and Cammilyn Heuser, and Ian and Adam Smith. He is also survived by his siblings: Delores Mooney, Burt Smith (Dixie), Darlene Brittain (Glen), Ruth Foss (Les), Rick Smith (Kerri) as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He is preceded in death by his parents: Rolly and Hazel, and his siblings: Bud Smith, Jim Smith, Eileen Matney and Pam Valentine.

Bob shared his passion for the outdoors with others through hiking, gardening and beachcombing. He would never pass up the opportunity when offered a piece of homemade pie.

Bob’s witty sense of humor and his gentle heart will be greatly missed.

There will of celebration of life held in Montesano in the Spring.

 

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