Ray Edward Smith
Ray Edward Smith

July 25, 1948 - November 19, 2020
Born in Casper, Wyoming
Resided in Eugene, Oregon


Born in Riverton, WY and adopted by Ray and Effie Smith of Casper, Wyoming.

U S Army Veteran with the JAG Corps, Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon, business owner and most important to him, 20+ years of Service in Mountain Rescue.

Ray loved the wilderness, rock climbing, mountain biking, road biking, cross country skiing and just being outside; the more extreme challenge, the better it fit Ray. He combined this with the love of helping others and truly enjoyed every minute of Mountain Rescue. Ray never hesitated helping anyone needing a hand, in any situation, despite the level of danger, day or night. If you were lucky enough to be hoisted on a stretcher off a cliff or out of a canyon into a waiting helicopter, Ray would be hanging on the side, right beside you. He still might have had a smart comment for you, it was just his way of being comforting. He always had a sense of humor despite the occasion.
Ray liked dogs, any dog. He would bark at or pet any passing dog, even in the midst of what others might have deemed an important conversation. If you were ever separated in a crowd, you could often find him by simply listening for his quack, or his bark.

Ray was a wonderful father, he taught humility and the strength in the acknowledgment of fault, however difficult that can be. He was a great man and a great Grandfather to Swindon and Wesley Smith. They miss him dearly. He never took himself too seriously and always had a joke for those that did. Ray loved his life partner Billie, and she always was the only one that could keep him in check. Ray loved his son Dustin Smith, son Bryan Smith and his dog Kuma.

Anyone who knew Ray would hesitate to mention anything about the 5th Street market, knowing they were going to hear, “Its 5th Avenue, 5th Street is in Springfield” despite owning a store there for a decade. He took this passion so seriously he hosted and marketed a large running race event called “The 5th Avenue Mile”, (it ended in front of the 5th Street Market) If Ray were reading this, he would likely want to end with… “Happy Easter and see you next year!”
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations to the Eugene Mountain Rescue in his honor. Checks can be mailed to PO Box 1429 Springfield, OR 97477.