a busy guy who we are lucky to have on our board of
directors. He and his twin brother Lloyd were born
in Los Angeles where they lived for the first 6 years of
Their father soon tired of
life in southern California and relocated their family to a
small farm in Phoenix (Oregon). The brothers spent all 12
years of their public school education at Phoenix Schools.
Larry attended both
Southern Oregon College (SOU) and LeTourneau College (LU)
graduating with three degrees in Engineering and Elementary
Education. While attending college, Larry began working as a
seasonal Park Ranger at Crater Lake National Park in 1961,
where he is beginning his 45th season, now as a volunteer
Larry taught 5th grade at
Jacksonville School for 33 years, and field classes for both
S.O.U. Antioch University and Elder Hostel.
Larry Smith has spent the past 16 years helping create the
Jacksonville Woodlands, eight miles of interpretive and
recreational trails on 320 acres in Jacksonville. Mail
Tribune / Jim Craven
He has been awarded four
national teaching awards recognizing his support of
environmental education. In 1989 Larry helped found the
Jacksonville Woodlands Association and is currently serving
as Executive Director. During the past 16 years the
Woodlands Association has preserved 21 parcels of woodlands
totaling 320 acres surrounding Historic Jacksonville,
Larry retired in 2000, but
he still teaches part-time for the Medford School District
and conducts Crater Lake and Jacksonville field trips for
school classes, tour busses, and community groups. Plus he
serves on several boards and community committees, including
the board of the Crater Lake Institute and the Jacksonville
As a young child Larry’s
Grandmother Smith instilled in him the love of family
history, something that he still enjoys researching and
writing about today.
He has completed the
writing of 10 volumes of family history and is presently
working on a four-volume set of the Smith line.
Larry and Linda have been
married for 40 years; have one son and one daughter and five
Larry has worked hard to
Jacksonville Woodlands a conservation success story for
Larry can be credited with
initiating the first effort to compile the park’s history in
an easily digestible format. It started as an extension of a
report type that the NPS once called an “important event
log,” but continual growth and refinement soon brought about
The Smith Brothers’ Chronological History of Crater Lake
National Park. He and his twin brother Lloyd
have contributed to park programs in many ways, most
recently as volunteers in the Friends of Crater Lake.
Larry served as an interpretive ranger at Crater Lake
Larry's online Oral History transcript.
Larry Smith-related news
- May 24, 2007
Mountain climber Brian Smith, a 1988 graduate of South
Medford High School, reached the top of Mount Everest at exactly
2:50 a.m. today Nepalese time in dark and cold conditions.
Brian is the son Larry.
Shadow Everest: Brian Smith
April 27, 2007
Brian Smith's chest is racked by coughing spasms. His
cuts don't heal in the thin air. He wakes each morning inside his tent with his
sleeping bag covered with ice. And he is bone tired.
Brian is the son Larry.
Brian Smith plans to answer call of world's highest peak
- December 31, 2006
"Mountain climbing gives you a chance to know yourself,"
explains the veteran climber who graduated from South
Medford High School in 1988. "You are totally alone in your
thoughts. And, of course, the views are amazing...
is the son of one of the CLI's board members, Larry Smith. Go Brian!
Stories - July, 2006
For years, Larry Smith has been Jacksonville's unofficial
historian. Come September, however, he will be
officially recognized by the American Association for State
and Local History (AASLH) with the Leadership in History
Award. The AASLH Awards Program recognizes excellent
achievements in the collection, preservation, and
interpretation of state and local history throughout North