Dorothy (Dottie) Adeline Smith passed from this earth on October 17th. She was 86-years old. While her life with us here has passed; the family and community that she helped make will carry her legacy forward. In 1966, Dorothy and her husband, Richard (Dick) Smith came to make their lives and raise their family in what was then the small community of Cameron Park. They were among the first families to move into Larry Cameron's dream community. Through their involvement in the development of Cameron Park, together Dick and Dorothy carried Larry's dream forward and made it their own. But, before Dorothy made her mark on El Dorado County, she lived a rich life, and developed the values and life skills that enabled her to become such a positive, loving influence on so many lives. Dorothy was born December 27, 1934, in Jordan, Minnesota, the daughter of Rose Marie Nelson, and Henry Wampach Jr. She and her brother, Richard Allen Wampach (now, a long-time resident of Cameron Park with his wife Jan) were raised in Shakopee, Minnesota. When Dorothy was a teen, she did the improbable - particularly in those days for a young woman - by earning her pilot's license. She then bought a plane, in partnership with other Shakopee area pilots. She shared an interest in flying with her brother Richard, who made his career - and passion - in aeronautics and flying. Shortly after earning her pilot's license, she "flew the Shakopee coop" by moving to Eugene, Oregon to join her mom and brother, who had previously moved there. In Eugene, she met her future husband, Richard LaVerne Smith. Richard was a trained chef. They were married on June 25th, 1955. The young couple spent time in Klamath Falls, where Dorothy gave birth to their first child, Kimberly Ann. Richard and Dorothy became involved and worked together in the hospitality industry. The couple, moved to Roseburg, Oregon, where Richard was the head chef and manager of the Hotel Umpqua. While in Roseburg, Dorothy gave birth to son, Kevin LaVerne and daughter, Kristine (Kris) LaVee. It was in Roseburg that Dick and Dorothy were introduced to golf. Together, Dorothy and her family moved back to Klamath Falls, where Dick and Dorothy opened their own restaurant - an airport diner - the Satellite Restaurant and Lounge, at Kingsley Field. It was here, in Klamath Falls, that daughter, Karem (Kari) Marie was born. While in Klamath Falls, the couple became involved with the Reames Golf & Country Club, at the time the only golf course in the Klamath Falls area. Their involvement in "the club" there cemented a lifelong love of golf for Dorothy. In 1962, Dick was recruited to become general manager of Sacramento's Valley Hi Country Club, and the family moved to Sacramento. While living in Sacramento, Dorothy gave birth to their youngest son, Kyle Dennis. The stage was set for the Smith's to take Cameron Park and El Dorado County by storm. The family moved to Cameron Park in 1966 where Dick and Dorothy were among the first members of Cameron Park Country Club. At her passing, Dorothy was the second longest member of CPCC. Richard had earned his real estate sales license, and in a career defining move, sold a highway-side restaurant - that he had been managing - The Red Coach Inn, to Sacramento-area entrepreneur, Sam Gordon. The Red Coach Inn became Sam's Town, a landmark that served locals and those passing through until 2001. As Richard's career in real estate advanced, he became an executive for Dorado Land and Development, the company that developed Cameron Park. Then, in a bold move, in 1977, Dick and Dorothy bought all the undeveloped land remaining in Cameron Park. They formed a partnership with Sacramento-businessman Lloyd Gabbert. Much of Cameron Park as we know it today was developed by Smith and Gabbert (aka: S&G). S&G is still one of the largest private landowners in Cameron Park. The business of developing Cameron Park was a family affair. Dottie acted as a "Gilmore Girl" during the grand opening festivities at Sam's Town. Dick and Dorothy built the investor group that financed the construction of the area's first hotel, the Cameron Park Inn. Dorothy was also one of the first employees at Cameron Park Community Services District. And, she was active in volunteering and in organizing community events, including raising the money needed to build Cameron Park's first fire station. Cameron Park Country Club became a center point for Dorothy, and the entire Smith Family. It was at the club where Dorothy made dozens of lifelong friends. She was active there. She was captain of the woman's golf team, ran the junior golf program and was a regular, both on the course and in the clubhouse. In 1979 Dottie co-founded, with her dear friend, Jan Dowan, an annual women's golf tournament, "The Fling." The Fling became an institution for women golfers in the area and was an important date on the golf calendar until 2010. With as much golf as Dottie played, she was a bit miffed that it took forty-years from her joining the club to finally score her first and only hole-in-one. In 2020, Dottie (aka: GolfingSmitty) became only the second person made an "honorary member" of Cameron Park Country Club. While Dick and Dorothy made their marks in the community, it was Dottie that was the glue to her family. She was an attentive and loving mom. And, she could do it all. She had a "crafty" streak - perhaps, inherited from her mom, Rose. She could fix anything. And, when the kids needed new clothes, it was more than likely handmade by Dorothy. Her husband, Richard passed in 2008. Dorothy carried-on in strength and determination. The past half dozen years brought a series of health challenges. Experiencing multiple bouts of cancer and other serious ailments make some people "give-up" on life. Not Dorothy! She loved life! She must have to have fought so hard to live a rich, family centered life after so much adversity. She was tough, determined and stoic in her suffering. Dorothy was the matriarch for our clan. Her five children all live nearby and remain close. Dorothy loved hosting family events at her home, which backs the fourth green at her beloved Cameron Park Country Club. We have celebrated so much together as family there: The annual holidays, summer bar-b-ques, weddings, and births. But now, we mourn the loss of our mentor and friend, our mom - our glue. Dorothy is survived by her brother, Richard and sister-in-law, Jan. Her five children, Kim Beal, Kevin Smith, Kris Steele, Kari Dyer, Kyle Smith. As well as seventeen grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. In her final days and years, Dorothy loved being around family. In particular, she loved Wednesdays when she got to spend the day with the six great grandkids who are being raised in 'her' Cameron Park. And, before, her last steps, late last month, she got to watch her great grandson, Kase, take his first steps. Dorothy lives on through us - the family and community that she loved.