Carl A. Smith
Carl A. Smith passed on Dec. 2, just after midnight at home in Madras, Oregon, with family at his side. Death was by natural causes and advanced age.
Carl was a Centurion, a Century Man, having turned 100 years old in August. He led a very adventuresome life, applying his high level of common sense and guile to each and every challenge he encountered. He was a voracious reader, and mostly self-taught having completed formal education only to the 6th grade level. Carl was a gifted, natural born leader. He led a survey crew through the wilds of Alaska and Canada laying down the path for a rail line that was never constructed. He was also selected to lead an armored artillery squad under General Patton's command in WWII. He fought at the Battle of the Bulge where he was awarded a Silver Star for Valor in Combat by taking on a German Panzer tank with his squad and 88mm artillery piece. He was also awarded a Purple Heart, and several freedom and liberation medals from both France and England. He was a shining example of the kind of man we now refer to with reverence as the Greatest Generation. Following the war, Carl migrated to work in the timber industry, mostly as a private contractor and then eventually owning his own logging outfit and a shingle mill in Yacolt, Washington. He also built a small restaurant on Swift Reservoir in Cougar, Washington. Carl moved several times later in life, living in Yacolt, Goldendale, and Cathlamet, Washington; Bonners Ferry, Idaho; and Madras, Oregon.
Carl was preceded in death by nearly all his brothers and sisters (except sister, Edith); his wife, Patricia; and his son, Thomas. He is survived by a son, Samuel; daughters, Janet Swihart, Jill Bremer, Trish Robbins, and Sarah Gannon and her husband, Chris. Additional surviving family include 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. Carl was much loved and will be missed by all that knew him.
Graveside services and internment will be held Friday, Dec, 13, at 11 a.m. at the Yacolt City Cemetery in Yacolt, Washington.