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Oregon Sportsman Was Longtime Supporter of West Coast Field Trials

Warren E. Smith Remembered

By Gerry MacKenzie | Aug 31, 2017

McLeansboro, Ill. — Out of the blue and unexpected, I received a phone call from John Taylor of Pilot Rock, Ore., just south of Pendleton, Ore.

John owned nineteen-time winner Taylordale’s Jon Henry back in the late 1960s, early 1970s. Jon Henry (his original name when I registered him with the Field Dog Stud Book in 1968 before he was acquired by John Taylor) was sired by Elhew Quick Draw; his dam was Smokette, which I owned.

In the course of our phone visit, John mentioned that Warren Smith of Sherwood, Ore., near Portland, had died several months ago.

Warren was a mainstay back 35 or more years ago of the National Chukar and Pacific Coast Championships; in fact, he and Louis Tippett at one time “were” the Pacific Coast Championships.

Warren Eaton Smith, 85, passed away peacefully July 14, 2015. Warren was born January 9, 1930, in Middletown, Conn.

He was predeceased in 2011 by his beloved wife of 61 years, Margaret E. (Odegard) Smith.

Warren graduated from of East Hampton High School, class of 1948. He was a good athlete, lettering in soccer, basketball and baseball, his favorite sport.

He served in the U.S. Air Force from 1948 to 1952 during the Korean War, and was honorably discharged with the rank of staff sergeant.

Warren was a chartered life underwriter (CLU) and spent a forty-year life insurance career in executive positions with several life insurance companies in Oregon. He served as mayor of Sherwood in the early 1970s.

Warren enjoyed Tennessee walking horses. His bird dog career began with Weimaraners, then Brittanys, and finally pointers. His Brittanys won many field trials and he flushed lots of birds over them during his years of bird hunting.

Among his winning pointers was Painted Liz (Riggins White Knight ex Warhoop Liz), which won the National Chukar Championship in 1971. Another winner for Warren was Shakedown, pointer male sired by Oklahoma Flush ex Peregrine Gold.

Warren owned a number of dogs bearing the Windsong prefix used by the late Joe Brinster. He registered Windsong Sadie in the year 2000.

While some may consider it a bit late to note a person’s passing two years after they have died, Warren Smith deserves to be remembered for his staunch support of major stakes on the West Coast.

 

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