Bruce Leroy Smith

April 4, 1943 ~ May 5, 2023 (age 80) 80 Years Old

Bruce Smith Obituary

Bruce Leroy Smith, 80, passed away on May 5, 2023, at his home in Packwood, WA after a lengthy battle with cancer.

Bruce was born April 4, 1943, in Tacoma to Scrivens and Violet Smith. 2 years later, his sister Carolyn was born. Bruce and Carolyn were close throughout their lives.

In the early 1950s, the family moved from Eatonville to Packwood for more job opportunities. Bruce attended school in Eatonville, until the move. Bruce graduated from White Pass High School in 1961. In 1962, he met Carol McCabe and a year later they married. They had 3 sons together: David, Timothy, and Daniel. Bruce and Carol celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 22nd of this year.

Bruce worked a variety of jobs prior to purchasing a logging truck and started Bruce Smith Trucking with Carol in 1990, which they ran together for 30 years before his retirement. Previous jobs of note include working for Martha Hardy, Fred Moe Logging, United States Forest Service, Washington State Highway Department, and Pacific Lumber Sales.

Bruce enjoyed spending time with his family, camping, hunting, working on cars, and going to the races. He loved watching his sons grow, and later watch his sons’ families grow.

Bruce is preceded in death by his parents, Scrivens and Violet.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Smith of Packwood, his sister, Carolyn Weber of Lynnwood, sons: Dave (Corinne) Smith of Packwood, Tim Smith of Centralia, Dan Smith of Yakima, grandchildren: Riley (Lainie) Smith of Southview, PA, Ricky Pulley of Tacoma, Kristin (Tony) Harper of Yelm, Alex (Chantz) Christiansen of Shelton, Amanda (Garrett) McDaniel of Napavine, Paige (Shaun) Pelletier, and 17 great grandchildren, with 2 more on the way.

A celebration of life will be held for Bruce on July 1, 2023, 12:30pm at the Packwood Community Center. A potluck lunch will follow the service.

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Celebration of Life
July 1, 2023

12:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Packwood Community Center


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