1934 - 1995
Delmar Smith was born to Ralph & Dolly Smith in Ponca, Nebraska in December of 1934. The family relocated to Oroville, WA where Mr. Smith graduated from high school in 1952. Mr. Smith continued his education at Wenatchee Valley College receiving his degree in 1954.
Mr. Smith was an active member of the Tonasket community. His passion for kids and education led him to serve on the Tonasket School Board where he was a participating board member for twelve years. Boy Scouts also provided a venue for him to impact the lives of young people. A favorite activity of his was to lead Boy Scout troops on an annual 50 mile hike.
Mr. Smith’s faith was evident in his leadership roles on the board of directors and as a church deacon with the Ellisforde Church of the Brethren, where his family attended services. Mr. Smith was a past president of the Tonasket Kiwanis Club and enjoyed serving the community on various committees. He believed investments in community made for a better place to live and work for all citizens.
A pear and apple orchardist, Mr. Smith farmed forty acres in Okanogan County. He was a member of the Washington State Horticultural Association (WSHA). Mr. Smith served on several committees of the WSHA but was particularly keen on as assisting the industry navigate important political issues. He also served on the board of the Oroville-Tonasket Irrigation District.
Mr. Smith was survived by his wife, Sally; two children, Randy (Lana) Smith and Kathy (Calvin) Mikkelson; and grandchildren Jake, Kaitlyn and Allyson Smith and Theresa Simmons.
The scholarship in his memory was established by members of the Washington State Horticultural Association. The award assists graduating seniors from Tonasket High School pursue their undergraduate education.