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Jack Raymond Smalley
November 29, 1955 – October 28, 2013

Scio – Jack Smalley, 57, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his home on Monday, October 28th after suffering a massive heart attack.

Jack was born on November 29, 1955 in Ukiah, CA to Jack K. and Vera (Johnson) Smalley. He lived in town but made many visits to his grandparent’s small farm in Fortuna, CA and developed an interest in farming as a young child. After moving to Fortuna when he was 10 years old Jack joined 4-H and purchased his first Jersey heifer calf. This started his dairy herd and he continued pursuing his career in dairying for the rest of his life.

 

In 1972 Jack and his parents moved to Scio to purchase a farm of their own on Richardson Gap. He graduated from Scio High School in 1973. It was there on Richardson Gap that he met the love of his life and future wife, Suzy Christie. They began dating in 1975 and soon realized that their similar interest in farm life and animals would make them a great couple on a permanent basis. Jack began building them a family home on the farm and on June 25, 1977 they were married at the Providence Church in Scio. Through all of the rough patches in life they were deeply in love. They enjoyed each other’s company and worked as partners in their dairy life every day.

 

Jack and Suzy were blessed with three beautiful daughters: Nicole in 1982, Sarah in 1986 and Amy in 1995. Jack was so proud of his three girls and worked very hard to provide for his family and to keep them safe, warm, and comfortable and well.

 

Later on sons-in-law; Beau Buganski and Noah Gray joined the family and also grandchildren Nolan and Anna Buganski. Jack really loved his time as a grandfather and spent quality time riding on tractors and teaching them about farming. He was looking forward to the birth of the third Baby Buganski in December.

 

Jack was a generous man with his time and knowledge. He never hesitated to assist friends, neighbors, relatives and strangers whenever they needed help. He was truly a Jack of all trades and he could fix just about anything. He was depended on for his expertise and encouragement by so many people. He will be greatly missed by the many people that he helped encourage and inspire. A member of the Catholic Church he demonstrated his faith by giving to others in so many ways.

 

He was passionate about agriculture and was involved in promoting it till the end. He was a member of 4-H and FFA when he was in school. He helped start the Scio FFA Alumni and Friends to help support the Scio FFA chapter. Jack was also the Open Class Dairy Superintendent at the Linn County Fair for several years and was a 4-H Leader for the Model Dairy and Beef 4-H Club. Jack was the coach for the Scio FFA Agricultural Literacy Team helping the chapter members to educate the public about the importance of agriculture. He was also a delegate for All West/Select Sires cooperative and was involved with the Linn County Soil and Water Conservation Dist.

 

Jack and Suzy enjoyed lots of fun times during their 38 years together. They raised their kids, worked on their farm, rode 4-wheelers, hosted parties and traveled to a number of great places, but Las Vegas was their favorite destination. It was a place where hardworking Jack could relax and have an awesome time.

 

Jack was preceded in death by his parents Jack and Vera Smalley. He is survived by his beloved wife, Suzy. Also his three precious daughters: Nicole Buganski and husband Beau of Scio and their children Nolan and Anna, Sarah Gray and husband Noah of Union City, CA and Amy Smalley of Scio. He is also survived by sister Lynda and brother-in-law Mike Moore of McKinleyville, CA.

 

A Celebration of Life will be held at the ZCBJ Hall in Scio on Sunday, November 3rd beginning at 2:00 pm lasting throughout the afternoon, please come at your convenience. It will be an informal gathering to share our memories of Jack so if you have pictures or stories to share please feel free to do so. Any cards, letters or notes with memories and remembrances about Jack would be very much appreciated by the family.

 

Donations can be made to benefit the Scio FFA Chapter through: Scio FFA Alumni, c/o Lori Potts, 39000 Hillside Way, Scio, OR 97374. Serving the family, North Santiam Funeral Service, Stayton.
 


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