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Obituary: DeWilton C. Smith '42

DeWilton C. Smith, 91, of Medford, OR died on June 7, 2011 at home in Medford.

De attended Antioch College in Yellow Springs, OH from 1937 to 1943, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in Geology. After serving in the Merchant Marine 1944-45, De received a MS in Forestry at the University of Montana and subsequently served in the US Forest Service for 30 years.

His Forest Service career took him over much of the US, with assignments in Montana, Idaho, Alaska, Washington, DC, and Wisconsin. After several years as a Ranger in Warland, Montana, in the Kootenai National Forest, De worked in Timber Management as a logging engineer on various aspects of timber sales and harvesting plans all over the country. He retired in 1977.

On his retirement, one of his coworkers said, "You could be classified as black walnut, veneer quality. You're the type and quality person that built the Forest Service." After retirement, De and his wife Judy moved to Oregon where he pursued numerous hobbies and passions, including building his own sailplane (it flew!), restoring classic cars, and developing a model railroad community that took up most of the basement.

De is survived by his wife of 69 years, Julia "Judy"; daughter Phebe and sons Nicoll, Jeffrey and Thane; his grandchildren Karon, Adrienne and Reese; and great-granddaughter Kylie. At his request there were no services.