PORTLAND Daniel A. Arnie Smalley, 78, of Rosburg, passed away Wednesday, June 20, 2012, in Portland. Dan was born Jan. 7, 1934, to Daniel O. Smalley and Signe Buhakka in Ilwaco. He was raised in Frankfurt and in Eden Valley. Dan attended school in Rosburg and Naselle. He also attended the University of Washington and served in the U.S. Army.
Dan returned to the states, where he met and married Marilynn McIntire on June 22, 1961, in the Idaho Falls Temple. They established a home in Rosburg and have been there for over 51 years. He was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints where he served in many capacities.
Dan worked for Brusco Corporation on the tugboats and later as a log yard foreman for Brusco Corp. and Nygaard Logging. He was a firefighter and EMT for the Grays River Volunteer Fire Department for more than 30 years. Dan served as a Wahkiakum County Commissioner also. In his spare time, Dan owned and operated a produce stand, Big Spud Fruit and Produce. He loved fishing on the river, spicy food and especially spending time with his family.
Dan and Marilynn were blessed with four children, Laura (Kevin) Leaf of North Port, Fla., Wendy (Rob) Crozier of Willard, Utah, Andrea (Greg) Smith of Mendon, Utah and Errin (Laurel) Smalley of Knappa, Ore. They have 13 grandchildren: Logan, Connor and Ian Leaf, Austin, Alicia and Adelynn Crozier, Maggie, Abigail, Hannah, and Parker Smith, Eric and Ethan Smalley and Devon Vandergriff. In addition to his wife and children, Dan is also survived a sister, Barbara (Dale) Rose of Rosburg, a brother, Russell Smalley also of Rosburg and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins and his favorite dog Sassy. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Wallace (Wally) Smalley.
The family wishes to extend a special thank you to the staff at OHSU and the Veterans Administration for the care they extended to their beloved husband and father.
A graveside inurnment was held on June 24, at 3 p.m., at the Eden Valley Cemetery. A reception followed at the Rosburg Community Hall. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to the Grays River Volunteer Fire Department or the American Heart Association. Arrangements are by Penttilas Chapel by The Sea, Long Beach. Dans guest book may be signed at www.penttilaschapel.com.