1933 - March 22, 2009
Donald M. Smith passed away March 22, 2009, in Arizona after a lengthy illness. He was 76.
Don was born Jan. 24, 1933, in Denver. He grew up in Steamboat Springs and graduated from Steamboat Springs High School in 1951. After graduating, he enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps and served with Platoon 5, San Diego. Don served his country in the Korean War. Don married his wife of 53 years, Della Ruth Craig, on Jan. 21, 1956.
Some of his employment included work in the oil fields, but he ultimately settled on a career in auto parts, first managing the Sinclair Service Station, also known as Don's Sinclair. He also sold auto parts for Miller Sales, Craig Sales, Chuck Conner Motors, Valley Service and Victory Motors.
The culmination of his years as a parts salesman was the management and eventual ownership of Four Seasons Auto Parts in Steamboat Springs, from 1975 to 1990.
Don and Ruth enjoyed their motor home, boating and wintering in Chandler, Ariz.
Don was preceded in death by his parents, L.R. Shinn and D.B. Smith; infant daughter Janie Marie Smith; infant granddaughter Brandi Jo Smith; stepfather Cody Shinn; and father-in-law Charlie Craig.
Don was survived by his loving wife, Della Ruth; brother Frank Smith and his wife, Kathy; mother-in-law, Stella Craig; son, Chuck Smith; daughters Deb Nelson and her husband, Butch, and Bev Reyher and her husband, David; grandchildren Kaycee and family; Sara, Joel, Justin, Jamie, Chad and family; Ben, Jacob and family; and Andrew and family.
He was loved and will be greatly missed by many other relatives and lifelong friends.
A funeral service was held March 28, 2009, at Grant Mortuary Chapel, with Leonard Browning officiating. The soloists were Wanda Brown and Becky Field, who sang "I'll Fly Away." On CD, "One More Day" by Diamond Rio played, and Sara Reyher played "Long, Long Ago" on the piano.
Pallbearers were Mike Miller, Walt Stevens, Norvell Hall, David Siminoe, Ray Manzanares and Dean Tidyman. Honorary pallbearers were Lloyd Kuntz, Tuffy Brown, Pete Campbell, Ron Higgins, Walt Florquist, Curtis Zabel, Tony Sharp and Bill Haight.
Interment followed in the Craig Cemetery.