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Obituary of Roland Jeffrey Smith
Roland Jeffrey Smith passed away February 1, 2020 in Yelm, Washington, his home of 15 years. He was born October 19, 1956 to Roland William Smith and Marie P. (Chabot) Smith-Stephany in Glens Falls, New York. Jeff was a loving and caring father, a provider, and very proud grandfather. His kind heart and smile will never be replaced. He was one of the good ones.
Jeff was a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army for 17 years (1975-1992), the majority of the time being stationed at Fort Lewis, Washington. After his service, he worked for Simpson Timber Company in Shelton, Washington (1992-2001).
He married Jeanne M. Barton on April 23, 1977. They had two children together, and later divorced in 1996. He never remarried.
Jeff loved to build and fix things. He also enjoyed riding his Harley, and watching his grandchildren’s sports and activities. He loved lasagna, Pepsi, Oreos, and his Marlboros. He was a very private and reserved man who had the kindest heart. He was always giving without expecting something in return. He was also the first to lend a helping hand to anyone in need.
Jeff is survived by his daughter, Courtney M. Crouch (husband, Christopher N. Crouch); grandchildren, Madison M. Crouch and Dillan S. Crouch; and sister, Victoria Bohannon of Glens Falls, New York. He was predeceased by his beloved son, Jeffrey Scott Smith; his parents; and brother, David Bruce Smith.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, February 13, 2020, 2:00 p.m. at Tahoma National Cemetery, 18600 SE 240th St., Kent, WA 98042. A reception will follow between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. at VFW Post 318, 2902 Martin Way E, Olympia, WA 98506.
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