Mansfield F.W. Smith
  • 85 years old
  • Date of birth: Jul 28, 1929
  • Date of passing: Dec 18, 2014
"The mountains are calling and I must go." John Muir

This memorial website was created in memory of our loved one, Mansfield Smith, 85, born on July 28, 1929 and passed away on December 18, 2014. 

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Winston Copeland on 14th September 2015

"It is with great sadness that I have just now read about Mansfield's passing.  I am so sorry I didn't pursue saying farewell a year ago.  Mansfield and I had some wonderful times together, predominantly with Linda at Fallen Leaf Lake.  I loved them both.  They were wonderful, caring and loving, and are being sorely missed.  I thank God for the privilege to have known them both."

This tribute was added by JOANNE CODY on 9th September 2015

"Wendy, Jennifer and Field, As I was going through certificates of Thane's I saw your fathers name and wondered how he was. It was with great sorrow that I learned of his passing. I lost my dear Thane on July 17, 2014. We all were such good friends and had spent many wonderful times together. A fabulous era has passed. I shall miss hearing from Mans and his dear Linda. God bless you all and know that my thoughts are with you and your families. Joanne"

This tribute was added by Diana Flemong on 30th May 2015

"Mansfield was my friend and my son's doctor.  I always knew when I needed to make a decision he would help me.  My son was not expected to live to graduate from high school but will celebrate his 45th birthday June 5th.  Other doctors tried to tell me he was too emotionally attached to Bryan to be objective but thats exactly why I wanted him to stay on the case.  I wanted him to treat my son the way he would treat his own son. God bless him for all he did.  My son is alive today because of him.  I will always remember him in prayer."

This tribute was added by Daniel Williams on 20th May 2015

"Jennifer, Wendy and Field, your Dad meant a lot to me and always will. I'm sure I don't need to tell you how lucky you were to have him as your father. I remember when I had first met him around 10 years old at my grandparents house.  The stories he could tell...  The time has flown by but I will always cherish and celebrate my love for your father and my Aunt Linda as long as I live. Mansfield to me has always been a great father, a great husband, and a great friend. I spent my fair share of summers on that lake and even was lucky enough to be one of the few to get married there. He will be missed terribly.  My condolences to you and your families.  Daniel Williams"

This tribute was added by Jane Ballantyne on 18th March 2015

"Jennifer, Wendy and Field

Your father meant a lot to me and will be greatly missed by me and the Ballantyne family.  My thoughts are will you all."

This tribute was added by Verna Noyd on 3rd February 2015

"I was a patient of Dr. Smith for over 25 years in San Jose and UC Davis in Sacramento.  He was a friend as much as he was my doctor.  His knowledge in Otology was astounding.  He did successful surgeries on my ears in my later years of which I was told as a child, nothing more could be done.  I will miss his wonderful personality and his great sense of humor.  May he rest in peace now.  

Verna C. Noyd"

This tribute was added by Wendy Novick on 9th January 2015

"For anyone attending the memorial 1/10 here are directions:
Take the UC Davis exit from I-80 following signs to the Mondavi Center/Gateway District. Go east on Old Davis Road and either park in the parking structure on Hilgard Street or proceed to Old Davis Road and Alumni Dr. Parking lot 1 is to the right and the Walter A. Buehler Alumni Center is to the left on Alumni Drive.
The memorial is in the Alumni Center from 2-4pm."

This tribute was added by Greg Farwell on 8th January 2015

"Wendy, Jennifer, and Field,
I had the privilege of working with Mansfield at UC Davis.  He was a tremendous leader in our surgical field and was a warm, caring, engaging physician and teacher.  He and Linda were incredibly welcoming to our family when we came to Sacramento and visited them up at Fallen Leaf Lake.  He and his smile will be missed.
Greg Farwell, M.D."

This tribute was added by Margo Rafaty on 28th December 2014

"Dear Wendy, Jennifer and Field,  I am so sorry to learn Mansfield died recently.  He was a very close friend and colleague of Mark Rafaty and a tremendous support to me after Mark's death. We both loved him! Mansfield hired me for the Northern California Transplant Bank and, in particular, helped me become Development Director of JWPOSD, a position I loved for twenty years. Neither would have been possible without his help and support and I appreciated both.  I hope to see you in 2015. Margo."

This tribute was added by Peggy Thompson on 27th December 2014

"Dear Jennifer, Wendy and Field:  I am so sorry to learn of your Dad's death.  He always put a smile on all of our faces here at Rancho Yerba Buena.  His sense of humor was infectious, and I especially appreciated the special relationship he had with my Dad.  The twinkle in your Dad's eye will live on with me and many others, I'm sure.  Take care.

Peggy Kuhn Thompson"

This tribute was added by Mike Casey on 21st December 2014

"Hi Wendy, Jennifer and Field: Your Dad was truly irreplaceable. He loved people and stories, and he was someone I'll always feel proud to call a friend. Our fire department may never have become a reality without his efforts, and its success is just one example of the many, many ways his life enriched us all. You already know how much we miss him already. Much love and many thoughts and prayers to you three and to Charlotte too. Jeanie and Mike"

This tribute was added by Wendy Novick on 20th December 2014

"There will be a memorial on 1/10/2014 at the Alumni Center, UC Davis 2-4 pm.

There will also be a celebration of Mansfield's life this summer at Fallen Leaf Lake.  As soon as arrangements have been confirmed we will post an update."

This tribute was added by Wendy Novick on 20th December 2014

"Thank you for coming to this site.
It is obviously a work in progress.  We are busily tracking down photos to be used at either memorial so if you have any please post them here.  
If you have a great story we would love to see it.
We all loved Mansfield whether we called him Dad, Dr, friend, Manpa or just sir.  That was his magic.

Thanks for your help and support.

Jennifer, Wendy and Field"

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This memorial is administered by:

Carson May
Wendy Novick


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