Larry R. Smith died peacefully after a five-year battle with dementia and Parkinson’s Disease. He was born in Grants Pass, Ore., to Lexy P. Smith and Jim D. Smith on Oct. 9, 1949.
Larry graduated from Grants Pass High School before starting his grand adventure moving to the woods of Whidbey Island, where he cleared land and started building the home he turned into a lifelong art project with his friends and family. He was an amazing craftsman and designer at home and at Nichols Brothers Boat Builders, where he worked for over thirty years. His hobbies included traveling the world, reading and listening to music.
Larry was preceded in death by his wife and best friend Bonnie Ann Mejia and stepson Christopher Mejia. Together thirty-four years, Bonnie and Larry married on Oct. 4, 1995, in one of their favorite places, Banff, Canada.
Larry is survived by stepson Michael Mejia, daughter-in-law Lori Quick-Mejia, granddaughter Lydia Hope Shepard-Mejia-Frye and grandsons Bryce Shepard-Mejia, Erik Quick-Warner (Brittany) and Brody Quick-Warner. Larry is also survived by brother Ronald D. Smith and his wife Mary Jane Dunphy; niece Jennifer Anderle and children Hunter and Carson Anderle; and nephew Christopher Smith and son Owen.
A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 3, at the Clinton Community Hall, 6411 Central Ave., Clinton, WA.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Larry’s name to the Alzheimer’s Association, Hospice Care or Madrona House, City of Bainbridge Island, where he was helped and enjoyed by all.