After an incredible life of 82 wonderful years, Sidney Decatur Smith passed away peacefully on June 21, 2019, in his Lincoln Hills, CA home surrounded by loving family and friends. Sid is survived by his wife June, children Steve and Dana, and grandchildren Oliver and Jonah. He joins his first wife, Joan, in the afterlife.
Born in 1937 in Oakland, California, Sid grew up in the Danville, California area where he was a star basketball player at Mt Diablo High School. Sid graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, CA with a bachelor and master's degree in Physical Education, which led to a teaching and coaching career. He first coached at Loomis' Del Oro High School.
In 1963, he moved with his wife Joan to Siskiyou County to teach physical education and serve as the head basketball coach at College of the Siskiyous.
Sid led the COS Eagles basketball team as head coach for over 10 seasons. A brilliant X's and O's tactician, and devotee of John Wooden, Sid was constantly innovating around the talents of the players on his team. He developed a fast-paced style that resulted in winning the Golden Valley Conference title three times between 1968 and 1970, and coaching his first COS team to play in the state tournament. He retired from coaching in 1974, and has been enshrined in the COS Athletics Hall of Fame for his outstanding career.
A lifelong passion for teaching included obtaining a double Master's degree in Anatomy and Physiology from Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado in 1969. Sid enjoyed a distinguished career as a professor of anatomy, physiology and chemistry at College of the Siskiyous. He was well loved by his many students, including the 100+ nursing and medical students who began their careers learning from Sid's detailed, hands-on approach to teaching. He retired from teaching in 1996.
While attending University of the Pacific in 1958, Sid married his college sweetheart Joan Wemple. They built a beautiful and loving family, including children Steve and Dana, and grandsons Oliver and Jonah Barton. The family lived in Weed and was heavily involved in Weed Elementary and High Schools over many years. Joan passes away in 1996.
Sid married the sparkling June Vogel of Dunsmuir in 2004. The two build their dream home together in Weed where they enjoyed one of the most majestic views of Mt Shasta found anywhere. Sid and June moved in 2016 to the retirement community of Lincoln Hills, outside of Sacramento, where they have been enjoying the bountiful activities available for "active" seniors.
Whether it was fishing, hiking, skiing or working out in the gym, Sid was always looking to enjoy the outdoors and stay fit. He was happiest standing in a stream, waters on, with a fishing rod in his hands. His legendary healthy attitude includes being among the first in the area to experiment with various health foods and diets. Sid was also an avid enthusiast of live music, food and drinks, and a passionate fan of the Golden State Warriors.
Sid's family gives heartfelt thanks to the dedicated family, caregivers and friends who provided loving care and support over the past six months.
A Celebration of Life for Sid will be held on Friday, June 28, at 1 p.m. at the Mt. Shasta Memorial Chapel, at 830 Lassen Lane.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Sid's honor to the Sutter Health Hospice Care of the Valley at www.suttercareathome.org/giving. Be sure to select "In Memory of" and "Sidney Smith" so we can acknowledge the gift. Thank you!