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 Richard Joseph Smith

Richard Joseph Smith

California, USA
Death 20 Oct 2012 (aged 91)
Monterey County, California, USA
Burial Monterey, Monterey County, California, USA
Memorial ID 100040474 · View Source
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Richard J. Smith

September 17, 1921 ~ October 20, 2012

CARMEL VALLEY - Richard Joseph Smith passed away peacefully at the age of 91. He was born in San Jose, CA and was the youngest of six children.

He was a highly decorated Marine Corps combat pilot in the Korean War, retiring as a Major.

He started his civilian career as a loan officer in the 1950s in Monterey, CA. He helped many prominent businessmen start their companies, most of which are still in operation today.

Richard loved gardening, fishing, playing poker, dogs, and was a huge fan of the S.F. Giants.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Phyllis; his daughter, Susan Crosby Ragan (Scott); his son, James H. Smith (Katrin); step-son, Robert Jonasson; step-daughter, Valerie Jonasson and numerous nieces, nephews, grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by all of his siblings.

He was a member of Our Lady of Mount Carmel congregation.

No services are planned. A private family gathering will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be at the San Carlos Cemetery.

Visit: to leave online condolences and to view a story of Richard's life. Published in The Monterey Herald on October 28, 2012




  • Created by: Ms. Clyde
  • Added: 2 Nov 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 100040474
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Richard Joseph Smith (17 Sep 1921–20 Oct 2012), Find A Grave Memorial no. 100040474, citing San Carlos Cemetery, Monterey, Monterey County, California, USA ; Maintained by Ms. Clyde (contributor 46994776) .