Bob Smith, 60, a longtime attorney in Billings, suffered a stroke on Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, and died Friday, Jan. 4, 2013.
He was born July 16, 1952, in Billings, the son of Claude B. and Mary Smith. He attended St. Pius X Elementary School, Central Catholic High School and graduated from West High School in 1970. He was on the Varsity Speech Team and was active in Key Club.
He graduated cum laude in 1974 from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Wash., with a bachelor of arts degree in history. He was on the Dean’s Honor Roll, was a member of Phi Alpha Theta and Intercollegiate Knights.
He graduated cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1977.
He became an associate attorney with Sandall & Cavan and married Judy A. Green in Spokane, Wash., on Feb. 11, 1978.
Mr. Smith became a partner with Jim Sandall and John Cavan, and the firm name was changed to Sandall, Cavan & Smith. Through the years, other attorneys were partners in the firm. Mr. Smith was a member of the Yellowstone County Bar Association, the State of Montana Bar Association, and was admitted to practice before all federal and state courts in Montana, as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court.
He was president of the Yellowstone County Bar Association from 1998–1999, and he received the Martindale-Hubbell Client Distinction Award in 2012.
He and his wife were active in St. Thomas the Apostle Church, serving as Eucharistic ministers and in other capacities. He was an organ donor.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Brian T. Smith of Billings; a daughter, Lindsey A. French of Salt Lake City; a granddaughter; a sister, Patty Orizotti of Butte; and a brother, Tom of Billings.
A Vigil Service was held Jan. 8 at Michelotti-Sawyers Mortuary. Funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 9 at St. Thomas the Apostle Church with Rite of Committal in Sunset Memorial Gardens.