Dr. Ralph Nichol Smith, 81, of Hemet, died from colon cancer Saturday, May 24, 2003, at his home.

He was born July 4, 1921, in Los Angeles, lived in Hemet 19 years and in Idyllwild two years.

Dr. Smith was a veterinarian for 50 years and was the Pets Vet in Hemet for 19 years.

He received his bachelor’s degree from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo and his doctor of veterinary medicine in 1953 from Washington State University.

He was a lifetime member of the Southern Cailfornia Veterinarian Medical Association, the California Veterianarian Medical Association and the American Veterinarian Dental Association.

A funeral service is planned for 11 a.m. Saturday, June 28 at McWane Family Funeral Home in Hemet. A celebration of life service will follow. Inurnment will be private.

Dr. Smith is survived by his two companions, Claudia and Virginiaa; a son, Nick Smith of Ventura; two daughters, Pamela Velarde of Manhattan Beach and Sharon Smith of Palos Verdes; four grandchildren; a brother, Lyle Smith of Palm Desert.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorial contributions be made to Idyllwild Animal Rescue Friends, P.O. Box 1965, Idyllwild, CA 92549.