Brookings early resident Donald H. Smith passed away peacefully on Sunday, April 14, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his family.
He was born in North Cove, Wash., to John and Maude Smith. He grew up on a cranberry farm during the depression, graduated from Ocasta High School and worked as a mechanic before joining the U.S. Army at the outbreak of World War II, where he served in the European Theater and attained the rank of master sergeant.
After the war he returned to Washington and married the love of his life, Marian Heikla. They moved to Brookings in 1951, where Don was one of the original shareholders in Brookings Plywood, which he helped build.
Don was a kind, gentle man, always there for his family. He could fix and repair anything and his family always called to get his advice on “how-to.” He built the Smith family home from the ground up and several others for family members.
After retirement, Don and Marian enjoyed traveling to Europe, Mexico and anywhere their RV would go. They were active in the Chetco Swingaroos square dance club, and were lifelong members of St. Timothy’s Episcopal church.
He is survived by his children Tony, Brenda (Jacques) and Marcia (Sharp); grandchildren Kara Clark, Colin and Vince Jacques, Amy Botillier, Stuart Smith, Maggie Schultz and Thomas Gilstrap.
Don was preceded in death by his parents; brothers John and Jim; sister Jessie; and Marian, his wife of 60 years.
A memorial service will be at 2:30 p.m. today (April, 17) at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 401 Fir St. in Brookings.
Submitted by the family.