Bill Smith, the visionary behind the Old Mill District and Hayden Homes Amphitheater, passed away on Nov. 18.
He was 81 years old.
“Billy was a wonderful man,” said his daughter, Marney Smith . “He loved his cat and his people. He is known to many as the guy who developed the Old Mill District and perhaps that will be his legacy, but to us he was a beloved father and a wonderful husband. Building places, friendships, and communities was the pride of his life.”
He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Trish; daughter Marney; son Matt; and five grandchildren.
A celebration of life for Bill will be held at the Hayden Homes Amphitheater on May 23. Bill and Trish have long supported higher education. Those wishing to donate in his memory are encouraged to look at the Central Oregon Community College Foundation, which since 1955 has provided scholarships for students to attend COCC.