Ray Smith passed away May 4, 2023 in Fortuna at age 70. He is survived by three older sisters and one younger brother. Ray was respected by his friends, coworkers, and neighbors.

He was the guardian of a succession of dogs throughout his life, the last few being Spunk, Yoda and Finn. His last dog, Finn, was adopted by a good friend after Ray’s death.

Ray had a fondness for cooking, riding motorcycles and playing the guitar. He had a passion for finding treasures at thrift stores, often giving the items to family and friends.

He worked for Humboldt County Environmental Health as a restaurant inspector for 16 years, retiring in 2018. Ray’s guiding principle in this job was educating restaurant owners in best practices, only suspending a restaurant’s operating permit to protect public health. He was respected and cherished by these restaurant owners.

Rest in peace, brother and friend.

A celebration of life and scattering of Ray’s ashes by family and friends is planned for June 2023.


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