Auke Bay resident Rodney Douglas Smith died peacefully at 8 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2007, surrounded by family and friends, after a short battle with lung cancer at Our Lady of the Lake Hospital in Baton Rouge, La. He was 71.
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Born in Gretna, Neb., he grew up in Portland, Ore. He was a graduate of Western State University in Colorado with a degree in business and a U.S. Navy veteran. He later worked for the U.S. Forest Service and retired after working in many areas of the West and Pacific Northwest.
His last assignment with the Forest Service was in Juneau, where after retirement he spent his summers entertaining friends and family with fishing and whale-watching excursions aboard his boat The Rod Holder.
He met his wife, Dr. Jo Anne Pine, in September 2001 when she visited Juneau to fish for salmon. While spending the fall and winter months in Baton Rouge, La., he became an avid Louisiana State University football fan. He continued to attend home games even though weakened by cancer treatments.
Another of his hobbies was photography. He had an extensive collection of wildlife and scenic photographs from Alaska.
A memorial celebration of his life and scattering of his ashes will take place in the summer in his beloved Alaska.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center or the American Cancer Society. He also wanted to encourage a nonsmoking lifestyle, especially for young people.