Written by Nancy Ridout, Pacific Masters Registrar:

Pacific Masters Swimming has lost one of its staunchest supporters, volunteers, and participants. Doug Smith notified the PacMasters Office that his father, Richard Smith, 93, passed away Monday, August 19th of heart related problems.

Richard served Pacific Masters as its long time treasurer, stroke and turn judge, convention delegate, and was part of the US Masters Legislation Committee and Finance Committee. Richard, along with his wife Joan, were presented with the US Masters Ransom J Arthur Award in 2000 in recognition of their esteemed contributions to the Masters swimming program locally, regionally, and nationally. He was also Pacific Masters Contributor of Year in 2001.

Richard was also an excellent swimmer and ranked in the Top Ten nationally for many years. His specialties were the “Brute Squad” events – 200 butterfly, 400 IM, and 800/1000/1500/1650 freestyle.

Outside of his swimming, Richard spent 27 years as Bookkeeper with Sports Leisure Vacations after retiring from the State of California Board of Equalization as a State Tax Auditor (1970-1985), and Certified Public Accountant in Santa Rosa and Eureka. He was also Head Toastmaster in Santa Rosa and Sacramento, and a member of Lions Club of Eureka. Richard was a practical joker who loved a great laugh and he had a great sense of humor. He enjoyed playing cribbage, fishing and clamming, square dancing and calling square dances. He enjoyed being outdoors whether gardening, doing yard work or camping.

Richard is survived by sons Richard T. Smith II (San Antonio, TX) and N. Douglas Smith (Sacramento, CA), and daughters Linda J. Lipary (Suisun City, CA) and Margaret A. Robertson (Oregon City, OR).

Richard meant so much to Pacific Masters Swimming for over 30 years! We regret having lost this pillar of our swimming community. Condolences may be sent to his son, Douglas Smith, at 4309 Surita Street, Sacramento, CA 95864-3107. As per his wishes, there will be no funeral.