Bud Smith

Bud Smith

8/19/1932 — 1/30/2024

In loving memory of our father, Bud Virgil Smith Sr., who at 91 years young provided his family with a “resignation” notice, that he was meeting up with his bride, before departing this world Tuesday, Jan. 30, 2024, leaving behind a legacy of faith, dedication and commitment to his farm and family.

Bud’s legacy is rooted in his unwavering faith in God and an unyielding work ethic. Throughout his 37-year tenure as a pipefitter and foreman at Potlatch Corp., he never missed a day, exemplifying a dedication that never wavered. His steadfast commitment to both his faith and his work stands as a testament to his enduring spirit and resilience.

Bud was born Aug. 19, 1932, to Virgil and Lyvina Smith in rural Annerley, Canada. The family moved to Lewiston a few years later, but when Bud was 9 years old, they moved to the family farm in Bellaire, Mich., where Bud’s days started at 4 a.m. milking cows. In 1949, his father sold the farm and the family moved back to Lewiston. Bud graduated from Lewiston High School in 1950.

After graduating, Bud fell in love with Marcy, the younger sister of his close friend Jerry Otto. Their relationship blossomed, leading to a heartfelt ceremony held in the Otto family home in Lewiston on Dec. 15, 1951. Bud cherished his bond with Marcy’s father, Art Otto, and the two formed a close connection during the short time before Art’s untimely passing.

Early in their journey, the Smiths left a small home in Clarkston and purchased a 46-acre farm near Culdesac in 1964. They both recognized that a sizable family would be needed to manage the expansive farm. Bud and Marcy eagerly embraced this responsibility, and Marcia, Rosey, Bud, Mark and Becky became the cornerstone of the first herd.

Their marriage, family and farm flourished as they expanded their initial herd not only with the adoption of Scott, Heather, Brady, Natalie, Suzanne and Brianna but also through the addition of countless prized cows, dogs, cats, ducks, chickens and other livestock.

After many dedicated years at Potlatch, Bud decided to hang up his boots. Realizing he still had plenty of mileage left on his knees, he embarked on a new chapter of selling cars for Lewis-Clark Motors, before transitioning to work with his neighbor at Valley Foods, providing invaluable years of maintenance and service.

In 2005, tragedy struck when they lost their home to a devastating flood. However, with the help of community members and determination, they rebuilt their life with a new home atop the hill. Bud often emphasized the solid foundation of this new home being a symbol of resilience against any adversity which reflected his enduring strength and optimism. He seized every opportunity to share the word of God and his own story of salvation, inspiring others with his faith and steadfastness.

Bud is survived by his children, Marcia (Loren Butler), Rosey (Jim Johnson), Bud (Kim), Mark (Erion), Becky (Tim Williams), Scott (Dorinda Michaels), Heather (Doug Calhoun), Brady, Suzanne (Gary Timms) and Brianna (John Palmucci).

At the time of his passing, he was blessed with a legacy of 27 grandchildren, 35 great-grandchildren and five great-great-grandchildren, with four more expected in 2024. His extended family and friendships span miles, from Idaho to Michigan, reflecting the profound impact of his love.

He passed down his father’s wisdom to his family, reminding them, “You’ll never have anything in life without putting in hard work.”

He is preceded in death by his cherished wife and lifelong companion of 71 years, Marcy; as well as his parents Virgil and Lyvina; stepmother Margorie; sisters Verna and Virginia; daughter Natalie (Jeff Meredith); and grandsons Shawn, Jonathan and Isaiah.

As we honour Bud’s remarkable life, we will always remember his steadfast faith and strong work ethic, treasuring the memories and prayers he gifted us throughout his 91-year journey.

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures.

He leads me beside still waters.

He restores my soul.” — Psalm 23:1-3

Bud’s memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 2, at Lapwai Assembly of God Church.



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Lapwai, Idaho 83540

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