Donald H. “Don” Smith, 68, of Granite City, passed away at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday, March 30, 2016, at Missouri Baptist Hospital in St. Louis.
He was born Jan. 11, 1948, in Dover, Tenn., a son of Thomas S. and Dorothy (Shaw) Smith of Granite City. He married Jennifer L. “Jen” (Brewer) Smith Jan. 31, 1970, in San Bernardino, Calif., and she survives. Don retired as a mechanical engineer from Boeing in 1999 after 31 years of dedicated service with McDonnell Douglas Aircraft. The United States Air Force veteran proudly served his country during the Vietnam War. He loved racing and was a NASCAR enthusiast and Rusty Wallace fan. Don loved the outdoors and his days of traveling. He enjoyed their many visits to the Great Smoky Mountains and to Table Rock Lake, watching for bald eagles and bears and fishing. He was a beloved husband and amazing father and popo, always there for them through their lives. He will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his entire family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife and parents, he is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Todd and Shawnette Smith of Granite City; a daughter and son-in-law, Kara and Troy Fisher of Godfrey; two grandchildren, Justin Fisher of Oak Grove, Mo., and Mackenzie Fisher of Godfrey; two great-grandchildren, Dakota Joy and Kynzlee Fisher; one brother and sister-in-law, Bryan and Sondi Smith of O’Fallon, Mo.; two sisters,Vicky Lynch of Fort Smith, Ark., and Sheila Smith of Granite City; mother-in-law and father-in-law, Jimmie and Joan Brewer of Granite City; one brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Dennis and Diane Brewer of Godfrey; many nieces, nephews and cousins; other extended family and a host of friends.
In celebration of his life, visitation will be 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. Sunday, April 3, 2016, at Irwin Chapel, 3960 Maryville Road in Granite City, where funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, April 4, 2016, with the Rev. Mark Maynard officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Sunset Hill Memorial Estates in Glen Carbon. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association and may be accepted at the funeral home; www.irwinchapel.