Vernon T. "Vern" Smith
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May 9, 1949 ~ July 31, 2018

Vernon Smith, age 69, went to heaven on July 31st, 2018 peacefully and with no regrets. He is survived by his wife, Former Congresswoman Linda Smith, their two children, family and friends. He was a native of Vancouver, WA where he attended Shumway Junior High, Fort Vancouver High School and Clark College.

He was a railroad engineer and retired after 44 years of dedicated service. He consistently put actions behind his values and beliefs in partnership with his wife.

He loved his worship team and took great delight in leading his church family in worship at New Life Friends Church. He was a mentor of men and an example of what a man should be. He took great joy in caring for other people where they were. Although small in stature, he was a titan in character uncompromising in what he believed. He instilled in his family an unending love of God.

His loyalty and unconditional love of his family assured them that mistakes would always be forgiven, his humor and character lives on in the hearts of all that loved him.

He was the co-founder of Shared Hope International and the founding member of the Defenders USA. A ministry that he had built alongside his wife, to improve and save the lives of trafficked women and children in the United States and around the world.

Celebration of life will be held on August 11th, 2018 at the Vancouver Church, 3300 NE 78th Street, Vancouver, WA 98665 at 1p.m. Refreshments following the service.
Memorial gifts may be made in his name to Shared Hope International at the following link:

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Published in The Columbian on Aug. 5, 2018.
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August 22, 2018
Dear Linda,

I just heard about Vern and I am holding you in my thoughts and prayers. May God gift you strength and peace.

Lisa Anderson
Lisa Anderson
August 19, 2018
Heaven is richer for Vern's presence. God delights in him there just as He did here on earth.
Susan Wiggsf
August 17, 2018
Linda, my condolences and prayers to you and all of your family. Until eternity with Jesus, Jack Holland
August 14, 2018
My heartfelt sympathy goes out to your entire family. Please know that the God of all comfort has loving concern for you at this time, at Psalm chapter 34 verse 18. I know you will miss your precious loved one every day, may God give you strength, peace and loving memories. Ann Smith
August 11, 2018
Dear Linda,

My heart is sad that you will not have the love of your life by your side...but my heart also rejoices that he is now with the Father and that you will both be reunited at the assigned time and walk together hand-in-hand once again.

May the Lord Bless you and keep you and may He give you the "peace that passes all human understanding..."

Linda Bowman
August 10, 2018
Thinking of all of my Vancouver family and mourning the loss of our sweet cousin. Love you all and praying for you.
Brenda, Ron, & Nick Westenhaver
August 10, 2018
Our hearts and prayers are with you Linda
Trusting in him
Armand and Dorothy Hawkins
August 10, 2018
We just heard of Vern's passing. He was a gentle and kind man. We so much enjoyed our time with you and him at the reunion last year. If it is not to late, I would be honored to play the piano at his memorial service.
Ray Luokkala
August 9, 2018
I will forever remember his wonderful sense of humor and humility. ❤ What a great man and life partner. My love and prayers go out to Linda and family. May visions of the joys of Heaven bring you all comfort and joy. ❤ It won't be long till we see him again!! ❤
Cathy Colley
August 9, 2018
Linda and Family, So sorry to hear of your loss. Vern was an immense gift to you his family,this community, and beyond. Praying for you all as you miss his presence here.
Pam Phillips
August 7, 2018
My deepest condolences to Linda and family. I have known Vern since Kindergarten. I have always valued the friendship we shared. I have often thought of him and really enjoyed our reunion at our 50th . He will be missed.
Darla Keith Colbert
August 6, 2018
I love you , Grandpa. It still hurts me to know that you're gone but I'm so glad you're no longer suffering. I know heaven is where you are and I can't be more appreciative of all the love and support you gave me throughout my life. May you Rest In Peace and know that we're all thinking about you. I love you so much.
Jodi Smith
August 6, 2018
I remember Vern in the Sunday classroom , when I was teaching the Bible. But we are so thankful, knowing he is with his Savior.
Michael N Dineen
August 6, 2018
Linda, I'm so sorry to hear about Vern. Please know you will be in my thoughts and prayers. May God comfort you and your family with HIS Peace.

VeeAnn Finnemore
August 6, 2018
Vern was a true solider of the cross who dearly loved his Savior, his wife Linda, family and his church family. Gone but never forgotten.
Joe & Dorothy Spooner
August 5, 2018
Vern was a dear friend who always had time to lend a hand and pass on encouraging words to me. He will forever be in my fond memories.
Mary Jane Fox
August 5, 2018
Linda May God's tender mercies shine on you and your family with this loss of your dear Vern. It was our pleasure to serve you and Vern as clients to our Salon, The v.i.p. many years ago before our retirement. Vern was a man of faith and enriched all that knew him. Don & Alyce lutz
don Lutz
August 5, 2018
I remember Vern when he was a senior at Fort. May God bless you all, and keep you at this difficult time.
Bill Timmins FVHS '69
August 5, 2018
The world is a better place because of the life of Vern Smith. He was a solid committed Christian, husband, father and grandfather. He was always a humble servant leader. In the 38 years I have known him, he never wavered. There aren't enough words in the English language to describe all his attributes but the one he would care the most about is that he loved and served the Lord with his whole heart. Enter into His presence with joy and dancing my friend and receive your reward. Well done good and faithful servant.
Sharon McCoy
August 5, 2018
I had the great pleasure of getting to know Vern during Linda's first campaign for Congress. He was a true believer and a man who lived his faith every day and in every way and with everyone who lives were touched and enriched from just knowing him. My thoughts and prayers are with Linda and his Family.
Diane Wannamaker Tanner
August 5, 2018
May God give comfort and peace to Vern's family and friends, knowing Vern was a man of God; one you could trust and lived his beliefs.
A living testimony!
Sandy White
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