Clarence "Smitty" Schmidt died Feb. 13 at the age of 91.
Mr. Schmidt was know by many different names--Dad, Papa, Uncle Clarence and Bud to name a few, but more importantly he was known by adjectives--funny, positive, friendly, loving, generous and just a genuinely nice man who enjoyed the moment.
He was born Aug. 2, 1916 in Cortland, Neb. on a farm and was a true farm boy in every sense of the word. Later in life, he continued that love of all things country western, listening to country music, dancing with his wife and attending rodeos in Amador County. He spent time in the Navy as a young man and eventually retired from the Teamsters Union. Married to O'Linda for more than 50 years, the couple spent most of those years in San Leandro.
Clarence and O'Linda had one child, Sharon, and spent most of her childhood years in local rollerskating rinks as Sharon competed throughout the Bay Area, state and nation. They would later spend time watching their granddaughter, Stephanie, rollerskate and compete at the old Pleasanton roller rink--formally at the county fairgrounds.
Mr. Schmidt enjoyed the simple things in life--barbeques with Courtenay and Rob next door, camping with Sharon and Don and their friends, a good game of blackjack in Minden or Reno, watching Sofie and Ava play--laughing with them, gardening (he had a meticulous yard at all times and grew many vegetables), hearing tales of his grandson, Scott, as a police officer and Stephanie as she moved to Colorado, away from a lifetime in Pleasanton. He spent many years woodworking, making children's furniture and other pieces including planters and games. Mostly he was happy in the presence of family and friends.
He is preceded in death by his wife, O'Linda Schmidt; brother, Roland Schmidt; sisters, Thelma Wolfe, Myrtle, and Gladys Walker.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Sharon and Don Howard of Plymouth, Calif.; granddaughter and her partner, Stephanie (Ricker) and Jeanine Schmalz of Littleton, Colo.; grandson and his wife, Scott and Kacie Ricker; and great-granddaughter, Sofia and Ava Ricker of Pleasanton. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews in California, Arizona and Nebraska. Other survivors include close friends and neighbors, especially Tony on Lillian Avenue.
A celebration of his life was held at The Chapel of the Chimes Mortuary in Hayward, where his remains were laid to rest with his loving life Feb. 19.