Ordained a Teacher

Mason turned 14 a few days ago. Today I ordained him a Teacher in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. I remember when my dad ordained me at 14. I’ve put on a lot of miles since then. The older I get the more I just want to spend time with my family. I have a lot of flaws, but I’ve always tried to be a good example to my kids of doing the right thing and helping people, just like my dad did for me.  I go to Church every week because I know that is what God wants me to do.  He created the hills behind us, the trees, clouds and birds.  He created us in His image.  We are His children, and He has a plan for each of us.

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Paul’s obituary

Paul Rolland Smith passed away at home unexpectedly on March 9, 2017. He is survived by his wife Debbie of almost 45 years, daughter’s Angie Toland (Scott) of Livermore, Stacey Taimani of Martinez, Sarah Smith of Martinez and son Aaron (Rachel) of Pittsburg. He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kiulani Taimani, Austin, Ian and Connor Toland, and Kianna, Alyssa and Nalia Smith. His mother and father in law Tom and Carol Rogers of Rossmoor and his five siblings: Dave, Rod, Ben, Sue Craig and Julie Asregadoo. He is pre-deceased by his parents Marilynn Jacobs Smith and Robert Smith.

Paul was born on September 30, 1949 in Oakland, California to Marilynn Jacobs Smith and Robert Smith as the second of six children, and was raised in Pleasant Hill, California. From the time he was little, he loved to play practical jokes and this would be a theme that would carry through the rest of his life. Whether it was hiding from his wife at night while she turned out lights in the house to scare her, or getting his employees to do promotional videos for non-existent products (unbeknownst to them), no one was safe.

Paul graduated from College Park high school in 1967, and served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in the Eastern States (NY, NJ and CT) from 1969-1971. He met the love of his life the day he came home, shopping at the mall in Concord for new clothes. He always swore she chased him around and that she was the one who proposed to him, but we all knew better. Paul and Debbie were married in the Oakland LDS Temple on October 21, 1972.

He was a general contractor for 36 years, owning his own business. He also worked at Diablo Valley College from 1999-2014. In retirement, he got his dog Maddie, which he always referred to as the “gold standard” of dogs. Last year he went through the process of having her certified as a therapy & hospice dog and together they did volunteer work through Tony LaRussa’s ARF Foundation in Walnut Creek, which was inspired by his grandson Ian Toland. He was an avid reader who loved history, was interested in genealogy and researching stories of his ancestors. He took pride in and spent a lot of time landscaping his yards and woodworking.

He was fiercely dedicated to his family and lived for his grandchildren. He never missed a game, school talent show, or church event, and was always so proud to see them excel and watch them grow up and develop their own interests which he encouraged and supported. They were his pride and joy and he had a special relationship with each one of them. He even learned how to text so he could communicate with them as they became teenagers.

He will forever be remembered for being loyal to his family, extremely hard working, quietly giving service to anyone who needed it, and could always be counted on to make you laugh as his quick wit and sense of humor was legendary.

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 11:00 am at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints located at 555 Boyd Rd. in Pleasant Hill. Private burial at Oakmont Memorial Park, Lafayette, CA.

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Pauls’ funeral

My uncle Paul died on March 9th, so I headed down to California for the services. This is Paul and Debbie at Cari’s wedding in Utah in October.

Paul was buried at the Oakmont Cemetery. It was a warm sunny day.

We think this was the first time the 24 cousins have been together. We think Jacob wasn’t born the last time we were together.

Jacob and I are the bookend cousins. This was at the family lunch after the memorial service on Saturday.

Shalene and I drove down together from Oregon to California. We had a great time. This is at Russ and Sue’s house after the burial on Friday night.

We found a little time to hang out and be Smith boys.

We spent some time at the rope swing in Pleasant Hill being awesome. It was a sad occasion, but it was a great opportunity to see family.

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Beach day

Mason went to Eugene for a birthday party and the rest of us went to Bandon. This is the covered bridge on Highway 42.  There was a 50% chance of rain, but we lucked out.img_2461

We saw eight seals. They followed us as we walked along the beach. And they ducked underwater when I tried to take their picture.  That’s fraudulent.
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It felt weird to only have four of us today. Six if we count the dogs.
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There was a seal right over Sidnee’s left shoulder.  After this we headed to the blue shack for popcorn shrimp, calamari and clams.  It was fantastic.  It’s nice to live so close to the coast.
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Protection

I drove to Medford on Wednesday for a training meeting. The ABS light came on two weeks ago, and I wasn’t able to determine what was happening. The Explorer made a horrible noise on the way home, but I couldn’t see any broken parts. I limped home, then went to Tire Pros to have it checked. Rick called me later in the day and asked us to come look at the damage.  The bearings were completely missing.img_2396

 

The brake caliper was rubbing on the rotor.
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The tire buffed the support arm and wore down to the tire to the steel cables.
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Rick said there was no way I should have made it to Medford and back in that condition. He was convinced the wheel should have fallen off and killed me on I-5. Jaxon prayed that morning that I would be safe going to work. I had the thought to kiss DeLana in case I died. For some reason I am here to fight another day.

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Hammocks at Susan Creek Falls

Harbor Freight just opened in Roseburg, so Mason, Jaxon and I got some glow-in-the-dark rope for our hammocks. We continued our quest to explore new waterfalls, hiking just under a mile to Susan Creek Falls. This is just passed Tioga bridge, which is one of our favorite spots. We set up our hammocks close to the waterfall. We wished he had a fire and some hot dogs, but it was fun to relax and listen to the water. Hammocks were our Christmas experience, and everyone seemed to like it. We will be adding more pictures and the year progresses and we explore other areas.img_2345

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2016 Strava video

Here is a link to the video Strava made for my 2016 mountain bike achievements.  I use the Strava app on all my rides.

 

https://2016.strava.com/en-us/share/531601

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Polar bear swim

Sidnee, Mason Jaxon and I did a polar bear swim at Colliding Rivers boat ramp.  It was 34• F.

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Snow day at Tioga bridge

We woke up to more snow this morning, so we went to Tioga bridge to check it out. Max and Bay loved it.img_2238

This is looking toward Bob’s Butte. We thought we left the snow when we left Utah, but apparently it followed us.img_2240

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2016

It is almost 2017, and customary to reflect on the end of the current year. “Change” would be our theme, and we were able to do some great things.

-Snowboard with Mason at Sundance
-Raven’s St. George softball tournament
-Riding JEM and Bearclaw Poppy with Mason and Jaxon
-Provo City Center Temple open house
-Riding at Trailside in Park City with Mason and Jaxon
-Anniversary Inn in SLC
-Raven graduated high school
-Cascade Springs and Squaw Peak
-Roseburg, Oregon trip to visit the Clark’s
-Cavitt Creek swim hole
-Heceta lighthouse in Florence, Oregon
-Moving to Roseburg, Oregon
-Tioga bridge
-Colliding Rivers
-Mountain biking and hiking the North Umpqua Trail
-Seeing Megan Asregadoo before she finished her mission
-Bandon Beach with the Hull’s
-Fathers and sons outing at Steamboat
-Sidnee’s 16th birthday
-Going back to Utah for Cari’s wedding
-Adventure day with Jeff K
-Seeing the elk herd near Singleton Road
-Feeding Nash’s animals
-Having Raven come home for Christmas
-Fish tacos at Bandon Beach
-Swimming in the ocean with Raven at Bandon Beach

It was stressful at times, especially moving to a new area, but it has been a year full of growth and new experiences.

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