Douglas Fraser Smith, 90 Years, of Gig Harbor, WA
09/24/1928 – 07/01/2019
Douglas Fraser “Smitty” Smith, 90, passed away Monday, July 1, 2019 at his home in Gig Harbor, Washington, following a brief illness.
He leaves his wife of 57 years, Jean (Long) Smith; his sons, David Smith (and wife Holly), and Douglas Jr. (and wife Susan); grandchildren Liza Ottovich and Laura Smith; and many close friends.
Smitty, as he was known for most of his adult life, was born in Fresno, California and raised in southern California and, for a time, in southeast Asia. He served 20 years in the U.S. Marine Corps, then transitioned to a career as a safety engineer in heavy construction, refinery operations and military base operations, with many postings across the United States.
Over his lifetime he pursued a series of passions, from auto racing to bridge, and he enjoyed many travels with his wife Jean, known to most as Freddie; among his fondest memories were ocean cruises, and trips to Hawaii, with friends.
A decades-long resident of Alameda, California, he was an active Mason and member of the Presbyterian Church; he and Freddie held a longtime membership at Encinal Yacht Club. Smitty relocated to Gig Harbor in 2017 to be near his younger son.
A private service will be held presently, and his ashes will be scattered, according to his wishes, at sea.
Arrangements by Washington Cremation Alliance – (844) 927-3628