August 19, 2020

The Regional Transportation Commission (RTC) of Washoe County Executive Director Bill Thomas has issued the following statement regarding the passing of Sparks Mayor Ron Smith:

On behalf of the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County, I am deeply saddened by the passing of Sparks Mayor Ron Smith. Mayor Smith was a long-standing member on the RTC Board of Commissioners, serving in various roles, including Board Chair, since 2009.

As a Veteran and longtime Sparks resident, he truly believed in making our community a better and safer place for future generations. A champion for transportation and infrastructure, Mayor Smith was a proponent to build major regional projects, including the Pyramid/McCarran Intersection Improvements, the SouthEast Connector, and the 4th Street/Prater Way BRT, among others. Mayor Smith also led the community effort to build a Veterans memorial, which is now under construction at the Sparks Marina, in tribute to all Nevada Veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

We will remember him for his kindness and how deeply he cared for all of us. To honor his memory and his contributions, it is up to the rest of us to carry on his legacy of caring and visionary leadership, stewardship, and public service.

Our deepest condolences to his family, friends and the City of Sparks.

Memorial service details have not yet been announced. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza Project at P.O. Box 50967 Sparks, Nevada 89435.