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William Frank (Bill) Smith

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April 27, 1959 — July 19, 2013

Bill Smith died at his home in Davis on July 19, 2013, of heart failure.

Born in Marysville on April 27, 1959, he grew up in Sacramento, and loved the American River Parkway. He was permanently disabled in a car accident when he was 21, resulting in quadriplegia. He subsequently earned an associate degree (with honors) from American River College, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from California State University, Sacramento, and a juris doctorate from McGeorge Law School. He worked for a while as an attorney at the Legal Center for the Elderly and Disabled.

He moved to Davis in 1992, and became active in local radio and TV. He was a disc jockey for KDVS and assisted with station management. He produced “The Stoopid Show” for DCTV, as well wrote and produced the film, “Cat-Man-Do.” He received the “Louie Award” for his volunteer work in supporting community access television and radio (KDRT). He was an excellent writer and published Hot Spit, an independent, alternative-press music magazine. His creativity included screenwriting, unique art, and gardening.

Bill was an open-hearted and generous man. He was well-loved, respected, and will be missed. His family has been gratified by the many people who say how much he helped them. He shared friends’ struggles, and provided a listening ear, a mailing address, a place to socialize, and a wacky sense of humor. His gatherings and Thanksgiving dinners were well known.

He found a spiritual home in Hawaii and traveled there regularly. An unrealized goal was to live out his life on the islands.

He was preceded in death by his mother, Jo Glasson Smith, and is survived by his father, T. George Smith of Sacramento; his sisters Cindra Smith of Gold River, Shelley Smith of Chico, and Susan Durant of Sacramento; brother-in-law Bill Durant of Sacramento; as well as three nieces and a nephew, a grand-niece, his two cats and many friends.

A gathering to celebrate his life will run from 2 to 4 Aug. 18 at Symposium Restaurant in Davis. Donations in his memory may be made to Davis Media Access, www.davismedia.org.

 

 

 

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  • Autumn Labbe-RenaultAugust 06, 2013 - 11:19 am

    Bill was a good friend to many of us at Davis Media Access. His involvement ran deep--as board member, radio pioneer, television producer. He was also generous to a fault and never failed to drop by, check in, see what was needed. I will really miss him & am proud to have called him my friend.

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  • Kirk LewisAugust 14, 2013 - 1:29 pm

    I didn't know Bill real well, but considered him a casual friend. Every time I'd see him he had something nice to say and he'd throw in some Frank Zappa tidbits that I enjoyed. (he knew I'm a big fan of FZ) When I first started using the DMA studio Bill would help and encourage me and explain how to get my best shots, sound, lighting and so forth if the staff was busy. Just a nice guy all the way around with a good sense of humor. I'll miss him and I hope he considered me a casual friend too.

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