Luke William Smith passed away unexpectedly in his sleep during the early morning hours of July 28, 2011.
Luke was born on July 17, 1993, to Rory and Jennifer Smith in Pleasanton, Calif. Luke was preceded in death by his mother Jennifer Jo Otto-Smith on Nov. 10, 1997, when he was 4 years old.
Luke is survived by his father Rory W. Smith and his stepmom Elaine Smith of Brookings; his sisters Alice Mackes of McMinnville, Sarah Smith of Battle Ground, Wash., and Amy Smith of North Hollywood, Calif. He is also survived by his grandfather and grandmother Jim and Sally Otto of Auburn, Calif.; grandfather and grandmother Bill and Margaret Smith of Colfax, Calif., grandmother Marie Williams of Brookings; aunts and uncles Jim and Leah Otto of Victor, Idaho, Rick and Teri Smith of Moscow, Idaho, Randy and Felicia Smith of Newcastle, Calif., Kent and Robin Harris of Auburn. Luke’s surviving cousins are: Charolette and Rachael Smith, Amanda, Josiah, Hannah and Jeremiah Otto, Jordan and Chelsea Smith, Danielle Patterson, Tim and Lilly Williams of Grass Valley, Calif., Corey and Laurie Williams of Reno, Nev., Amanda Williams of Castro Valley, Calif. Surviving second cousins are Andrew, Nick, Jared and Tyler Williams.
Luke is also survived by nephew Isaiah McGee and niece Jennifer McGee.
Luke was also preceded in death by his step-grandpa G. Lloyd Williams Jr.
Luke spent his entire life of 18 years, 10 days and approximately four hours growing up in Brookings. This is where he so happily called his home. Luke was a very outgoing child and young adult all of his life.
The things he enjoyed most were the things he did with his father. He loved hunting, fishing, shooting at the ranch in Lakeview, riding his quad, or just hanging around the house with Rory and Elaine. His face always lit up when he knew any of his sisters were going to be around. He truly loved spending time with his “grammy and grandpops,” either swimming in their pool, fishing in their pond or going to the Oakland Raider games with them. Growing up in the Brookings area, Luke played soccer, football with Curry Youth and Azalea Middle School, basketball, Little League, middle school and high-school baseball where he often made the all-star team. Luke excelled most as a pitcher.
At the beginning of Luke’s junior year at Brookings-Harbor High School, he embraced golf as his sports passion. Luke studied the game to its fullest. He learned the technical side of golf club manufacture and design, watched the Golf Channel religiously to improve his swing and club selection depending on distance to the pin and lie of the ball. Luke immediately became one of the starting five on the 2010 and 2011 BHHS golf team and was a part of the third-place championship team in 2010 in the 4A Oregon State golf championship. Luke was planning to go to The Golf School in San Diego, in January 2012, for their 16-month program in order to pursue a career in the golf industry.
Luke simply loved life. He loved his family, friends, dog named “Champ,” the family dogs named Bullet, Snickers and Dolce. He loved the family cats, Dottie, Bennie and Emily. Luke loved children and animals.
Luke will be sadly missed by all of his family, friends and others who touched his life.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Wild Rivers Community Foundation under the fund named The Luke W. Smith Junior Golf Academy (for the benefit of children who cannot afford to play golf) at 501 H Street, Suite 5, Crescent City, CA 95531, Attn: Geneva Wiki. The phone number is 707-218-6262.
A Celebration of Luke’s life will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, at Brookings-Harbor High School gymnasium, followed by a reception at the cafeteria.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.redwoodmemorial.net.
Submitted by Redwood Memorial Chapel.