Richard Jackson Smith, formerly of Pleasanton, died Aug. 3 at the age of 67 in Bakersfield, where he lived for the past eight years.
He was born June 29, 1943, at St. Paul's Hospital (now ValleyCare) in Livermore and lived most of his life in Pleasanton. He worked first for Jackson & Perkins and then DeVore Nurseries as a rose grower. He always loved Ford Mustangs, owning several over the years including his prized 2001 electric green one. He also enjoyed ice hockey, especially his favorite team, the Bakersfield Condors.
Mr. Smith was preceded in death by his parents Leroy and Leola Smith and brothers Robert, Bill, Pete and Jim. He is survived by his longtime companion Judith Crank of Bakersfield; daughter Leann Carrick (Dan) of Patterson and son Rodney Smith (Pam) of Brentwood; four grandchildren; sister Dora Lee Thompson and brother Don; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life will be held from 1-4 p.m. Aug. 28 at the community center of the Vineyard Village Senior Apartments, 3700 Pacific Ave., Livermore. Donations may be made to Boy Scouts of America Troop 90, 720 Oak St., Brentwood 94513, or Mercy Ships (www.mercyships.org).