The Curry Coastal Pilot

Rollin "Bud" Coleman Smith III

Nov. 18, 1979-July 10, 2014

A former resident of Brookings and Gold Beach, Rollin "Bud" Coleman Smith III, 34, died July 10, 2014, in an accident on the Trinity River.

He was born to Rollin Coleman Smith Jr. and Karen Johns-Smith on Nov. 18, 1979, in Berkeley, California.

He was baby brother to sisters Noni and Nokishii and big brother to Michael David.

Bud was raised in the Bay Area in a loving extended family which included his granddaddy John M. Johns and late grandmother Lafaye Johns, aunt Ylonda and uncle Richard.

Bud was raised with strong family values and work ethic which showed in every aspect of his life.

Bud left the city when he joined the California Conservation Corps (CCC) in 1999 and went to work at the Del Norte Center on top of Requa in Klamath, California. After completing the CCC's elite back-country trails program in 2000 Yosemite, he returned to crew five where he met Aleah Fraley, and told his boss Dan O., "One day I'm gonna marry that girl!"

Bud always accomplished what he set out to do and they reunited in 2007, and began their family together. On Thanksgiving of 2009 they were married and they share three beautiful children; Rollin "Duuya" Smith IV, Nii-li Blaze and Iris Dene.

From the moment Bud's hand touched a chainsaw, he knew he wanted to become a timber faller and with the help of his partner, George Ruth, he accomplished and excelled in that, too. He was employed by RandB Cutting, Inc. of Brookings for the last six years.

Bud loved growing trees and cutting trees. He was a Rootsman and very devoted to his Rastafarian faith, passing on the teachings of Haile Selassie to his children.

With his strong spiritual principles, Bud lived a life with trust in the most high Jah. He was an avid reader and philosopher. With the heart of a lion, he was always ready to pounce into any debate over politics, religion and controversial topics. He was never afraid to express his opinion. Bud loved his family and was extremely proud of his heritage. He touched the lives of so many people, including the Walton family from Kneeland, California, his home away from home.

His teachings, his beliefs and generosity will always be remembered.

Our dear son, grandson, husband, father, brother, nephew, uncle, cousin and friend, you have touched our lives in a very special way.

We Love and Thank You, Bud.

Although Bud is physically gone from this earth, his spirit continues to live.

A celebration of Bud's life will be at noon Saturday, July 26, at Freshwater Park, near Eureka, in Humboldt County, California A potluck will follow.

Contributions may be made at any Chase Bank: "Aleah Smith Donation Account" Acct. 3026874981. Please sign the guest book at and click on obituaries.

Submitted by the family.