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Sept. 4, 1953, - May 27, 2011

Phillip George Smith, after a heroic battle against renal cell cancer, died peacefully at home in Corning, surrounded by his loved ones on Friday, May 27, 2011. To many who knew him, the way Phil lived his life was an inspiration. Born Sept. 4, 1953, in Woodland, to Henry and Margaret Smith, Phil grew up in Esparto, and attended Esparto High School. Born into a long-standing farming family, Phil worked on his family's ranches in Esparto and Fort Bragg. He went on to attend Modesto Junior College, UC Davis; and Chico State. At Chico State he studied stone fruits and earned his bachelor of science degree in pomology.

Phil began working in the olive industry at Bell Carter in 1978. This position was the birth of a career he loved. He subsequently went on to become the Plant Manager of Ehmann Olive Company in Oroville, a position he retained when the company became Delallo Italian Foods. Phil was an olive aficionado, always adding olives to his dishes and experimenting with new tapenades.

Phil married the love of his life, Susie Becker, on Aug. 6, 1988. They lived in Chico, with their beloved cat and dog. Although Phil and Susie did not have children, Phil was a devoted and proud "Uncle Phil" to many nieces and nephews; whom he loved as he would his own children.

In 1999 Phil and Susie returned to the Ten Mile River Ranch in Fort Bragg to live and work. There, they enjoyed being with Phil's parents in their final years.

He was an active outdoorsman throughout his life - nothing stopped him from enjoying nature. For almost 40 years Phil valued the annual hunting trips at the ranch with his college roommates. He was a golfer, and enjoyed traditional and Frisbee golf. Phil played tennis and racquetball, enjoyed snow skiing and running. He was kind, loving, encouraging and had a thoughtful presence which allowed him to share his vast knowledge without seeming pretentious. His humorous stories live on within us.

Phil is survived by his loving wife of 23 years, Susie and their loyal dog Roamin; three sisters, Margaret, Barbara, and Susan; loving mother in-law, Rita Bauman; and numerous loving brother and sister in-laws, nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews. Preceding Phil in death were his parents Henry R. and Margaret L. Smith; and younger brother, Brian Smith, all of Fort Bragg.

A celebration of Phil's life will be held at noon, Sunday, June 5, at 5041 Toomes Ave., in Corning.

 

Published in Daily Democrat on June 2, 2011

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