Life Tributes for the week of 5/15/18

Jerome F. (Jerry) Smith

Jerry Smith, 81, of Veneta, Oregon, passed peacefully on April 28, 2018 at his home, surrounded by family members.

Jerry is survived by his beloved wife of almost 60 years, Virginia (Ginny); daughters, Marilyn (Lynn) Chick, Judy Smith; son Jeff Smith; and six loving grandchildren, Davis Chick, Bailey Chick, Connor Chick, Austin Smith, Shana Smith, and Kellen Smith; and extended family. Jerry was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to many.

Jerry was born an only child in San Francisco on September 10, 1936, where he enjoyed playing sports, as well as getting out of the city and into nature to hunt and fish.

He met Ginny in 1954, and they dated for four years before being married on June 28, 1958.

The couple lived in Livermore, California until 1968, at which time they moved with their three children to the 40-acre ranch they had built in Standish, California.

In 1996, they moved to the dream home they designed and built in Grants Pass, Oregon. In September of last year, they moved to Veneta to be closer to family, as Jerry’s newly diagnosed Lewy Body Dementia became more challenging.

Jerry loved his Forty-Niners and Giants, while he was growing up in San Francisco and instilled that love into his children and grandchildren.

He worked in law enforcement as a deputy sheriff in Alameda County and as a correctional officer at CCC in Susanville, until he retired in 1983. In addition to working and running a ranch, Jerry gave back to his community as a volunteer at the Standish Fire Department, helped establish and run the Shaffer 4-H Club, was an active member and president of the Honey Lake Valley Riders, was chairperson of the Save Our Center ad hoc committee, as well as provided a home to help teenage boys through high school.

However, retirement did not slow him down.

When Jerry and Ginny moved to Grants Pass, it did not take long for him to find ways to get involved in his new community. He became an active member on numerous committees dedicated to the betterment of Josephine County, primarily those involving fire and law enforcement.

In support of Ginny, and her longtime involvement with Soroptimist International, Jerry soon became known as the #1 SoroptiMISTER for the River Valley Club of Grants Pass.

Jerry’s priority was always his family. He and Ginny were best friends for more than 60 years; they raised three children and he was always a huge presence in their lives and those of his six grandchildren.

He was a selfless man who always provided for his family through offering advice, lending a hand and just plain “being there” whenever he was needed.

Although his stature was large and strong, his soft, genuine heart was full of love for those he cared about the most.

His actions always spoke louder than his few words. His last words to his wife were that he loved her and his family.

A Celebration of Jerry’s life, and almost 60 wonderful years of marriage, will be held in June.

John Mark Laraway

John Mark Laraway was born to Ardith M. and L. Edward Laraway on December 30, 1951, in Glendale California. He ran into the arms of his Heavenly Father, on October 7, 2017, in Ontario California, at the age of 65.

John lived in Highland Park, California, until the age of 8. In the late summer of 1960, he moved with his family to Westwood, California. He graduated from Westwood High School as a member of the Class of 1970.

After graduating he ran a bicycle sales and repair shop out of his parents’ store, Westwood Music and Things. He later added a locksmith shop to the store. John became employed as a janitor and bus driver for the Westwood Unified School District.

In 1983, John moved to the Pasadena area to take a job with the Post Office.

Before the Post Office job opened up, he worked for Antrim’s, a locksmith shop in Pasadena. He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a maintenance mechanic for nearly 30 years, before he retired. Within a few years of becoming employed by the postal service, he married Tsu Ling Wu. They had one daughter, Natasha. During those years he lived in Pasadena, Muskoy, Redlands, Arcadia and Apple Valley. Wherever they lived, he found a church and actively participated in living out his faith in his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

John was preceded in death by his parents, L. Edward and Ardith M. Laraway. He leaves behind his wife, of 30 years, Tsu Ling Laraway; and daughter, Natasha Laraway; step-father, George Eby; four siblings, Mary Beth (Bill) Laraway, David (Elaine) Laraway, Debbie (Craig) Kincaid, Tamar (Lewis) Dean; and many nieces, nephews; and great nieces and nephews.

A Celebration of Life will be held for John at the Honey Lake Valley Assembly of God Church, Highway A-3, Janesville, California. at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, 2018.

Donald Ladd Crawford

Donald Ladd Crawford passed away peacefully on May 8, 2018, surrounded by many loved ones.

Don was born Nov. 4, 1940, in the Philippine Islands, where his father worked at the Itogon Mine on the island of Luzon.

During WWII he and his family were civilian prisoners of war in Manila. They returned to the United States in May 1945 and settled in Idaho where his parents grew up.

During his high school years, the family moved to California where Don graduated from Greenville High School. He attended San Jose State University for one year then joined the US Army where he served from 1961 to 1964. Upon his return he began working for the US Forest Service in Plumas County where he met his sweetheart, Connie Sue Little. They were married in 1966.

They later moved to Mendocino County where Don was a timber faller until 1989, when he went to work at the California Correctional Center in Susanville, California.

Don and Connie joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in 1974, and in the years afterward Don’s callings ranged from Branch President to Bishop. He loved his church and the many members he served.

Don was preceded in death by his wife, of 46 years, Connie Sue Little; his parents, Paul and Catherine Crawford, of Kellogg, Idaho. He is survived by his daughter, Katia Weatherford (Dwight); his four granddaughters, Kaleigh, Kendyl, Reaghan, and Madison; and his four sisters, Pauline Crabb, of San Clemente, California, Sharon (Kurt) Kromholtz, of Spokane, Washington, Christine (Andy) Otero, of Altadena, California, and Terry Parsons, of Kingston, Idaho.

A Celebration of Life Service for Don will be held at 10 a.m. May 19, at the LDS church in Standish, California.

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One thought on “Life Tributes for the week of 5/15/18

  • May 27, 2018 at 3:38 pm
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    Jerry Smith was an incredible person and with his wife Ginny, they were a couple to be admired. I was a founding member of the Honey Lake Valley Riders and then worked with Jerry at the California Conservation Center. 50 years later, I now live in Florence, Oregon and would be honored to be in attendance at Jerry’s services. Can you please advise when they will be held.

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