was a very fair and honest guy when he was the (officials assigner, Jury said. was conscientious. He was forgiving even to guys who stabbed him in the back. He didn hold grudges like Nike Jacket Sportswear I do. recalls Smith passion for life, which was evident when he would work a game late one night, then get up early the next morning to golf.
officiated a lot of the bigger games, said his son, Shane Smith. I would have a (football) coach like Dick Bruich and (basketball) coaches like Mike Bartee and Steve Johnson. The first thing they would ask me about was my dad.
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hated it even happened, Jury said. it strengthened our relationship, and we were already close. Smith is survived by his children Steve, Stan, Shane, Scott and Sheryl, his stepsons Ryan and Chad Martin, his wife Joyce and 13 grandchildren.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Inland Football Officials Association, Richard A. Smith Memorial Scholarship, 9314 Riggins Rd. Phelan, CA 92371.
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though not all people liked him, most did, Shane Smith said. almost all respected him. If he was working your game, you knew it was a big game. Jury knew Smith since 1959 when they were making $3 for working a Pop Warner game.
If Richard Smith was at your game, you knew it was a big one.
the kids on the field to decide the game, Shane said. he was a mentor to many, many, many officials. course, no official was perfect.
Jury and Smith shared a dark officiating moment when they worked a boys basketball tournament game in December 1989. They were physically attacked by Victor Valley High players at the end of the game.
One of those special moments was a game in 2008, when Dick Smith and his sons worked a football game together, the opening of Redlands High School Dodge Field.
Smith remembered as an official who loved sports
no doubt officiating was his passion, Shane Smith said. when we were kids, it was working with youth. He was all about sports. He was a tremendous coach. the years, he said his father officiated football, basketball and baseball games. He last officiated about or six years ago as his health declined.
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