A casual gathering to celebrate the life of Raymond Smith, 84, who died July 6, 2007, in Minden, Nev., will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. July 12 at the home of his son, Scott, at 1647 Mackland Ave.
Ray was born May 19, 1923, in San Francisco, Calif., to Raymond D. and Martina M. Smith. He was raised in San Francisco and attended Lowell High School before entering Stanford University in 1941. In 1942 he enlisted in the armed services, graduating as a bombardier in 1944. He was discharged as a first lieutenant in September 1945 and remained in the reserve and retired as a major in 1966. He graduated from Stanford University in 1947 and received a master’s degree in city planning in 1949 from Harvard University School of Design. He married Margaret May Stork of the Netherlands in Reno in 1950.
He became the first trained city planner in the state of Nevada in 1949. He was also active in Tahoe Basin planning matters representing Washoe, Ormsby and Douglas counties. In 1960 he became vice president of the Crystal Bay Development Co. and named Incline Village. In 1963 he opened a planning consultant office in Reno. He served as a trustee and chairman of the Douglas County Library system.
He enjoyed outdoor activities, was an ardent bird hunter, hiker and explorer, and a capable artist. In 1991 he became deeply involved in the history of western Nevada and during the next 10 years wrote and produced 13 books about those areas.
He is survived by his wife of more than 57 years; sons, Willem “Wim,” Cole, Gage and Scott; four grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.
Cremation is under the direction of Capitol Mortuary and at his specific request the ashes will be scattered over the desert he loved so much.