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2014 Grand Marshal Gary and Jan Smith

Photo by Ernst Ulrich SchaferEach year the Grand Marshal is selected by the Irrigation Festival Committee as someone who has made significant contributions to the community.

The Grand Marshall for the 2014 Irrigation Festival Gary and Jan Smith

Gary Smith was born in Sequim, son of Arvie and Dottie Smith. Gary’s family came from Alabama and Seattle. Janice, his wife, was born in Port Angeles, daughter of Fred and Katie Schmuck. Janice’s father was also born in Sequim. Her mother was born in Iowa. Jan and Gary both attended University of Puget Sound; Gary graduated with a chemistry degree, and then worked at Rayonier Mill for five years. In 1970 the opportunity came to farm when Janice’s father wanted to retire.

Janice would be the third generation on Maple View Farm at Washington Harbor in Sequim, following her father, Fred, and her grandfather, Ernest Schmuck who emigrated from Germany at the age of 20, and later started Maple View Farm in 1933.

Gary has served for 35 years representing the irrigaters in local water issues. He has been a director on the Clallam Co-op Board for 36 years and served as board director on NW Farm Credit Services Bank for 14 years and four of those years as chairman. Although the farm has been transferred to his sons, Troy and Ben, he still works on the 400 cow dairy and crop operation.

Janice has enjoyed farm life and raising four children, three who are living close by and one son, Anthony, who is a Navy pilot. She is proud of her nine grandchildren and fi ve great-grandchildren. Janice spends her time doing the bookkeeping for the farm with the help of daughter, Wendy, also who is a nurse at OMC. Janice supports helping women with their education through her membership of 49 years in her P.E.O. Chapter where she is currently president.

Both Gary and Janice joined Trinity United Methodist Church when they were teenagers, they were married there in 1960 and still are active. Together Gary and Janice, when they are not driving tractor or chasing cows, enjoy short trips on their sailboat, traveling and tinkering with antique cars. But the highlights for them are working and playing with their family.

On the Irrigation Festival: “It has always held importance. First hearing stories of our parents involvement of playing in festival baseball competitions, festival picnics, airplane rides and going to the BIG PARADE. For Gary it is memories of showing his 4-H and FFA animals at the Sequim High School grounds. For Janice it was performing the Maypole Dance and earning 25 cents for sweeping out her Dad (Fred Schmuck)’s school bus for the carnival ride on the Octopus. It was a big deal to be in two parades, Sequim and Port Townsend, as part of the 1959 Festival Royalty with Kaye (Thompson) Strong and Hazel (Messenger) Lowe. We are very proud to be again a part of our Irrigation Festival.”