Donald Smith

12/20/1949 — 05/15/2022

From Richland, WA

Donald Smith

Donald Eugene Smith was born on December 20, 1945 in Klamath Falls, OR. to Lana and Sidney Smith.

Don had many passions. He played baseball from Little League to school ball and in college. His favorite team was the New York Yankees. He loved listening to all kinds of music. He enjoyed his 2 dogs Molly and Jack and taking them for daily walks by the river. He liked watching and attending car races with his little brother.

Don graduated from Columbia High School in 1963. He went to Columbia Basin College to get his Associate of Arts Degree in 1965.

He joined the Army in January 1968 and was honorable discharge in 1969 with a grade E-5.

Later he went to the University of Washington with a major in Engineering and mathematics. In 1987-1992 he went to Columbia Basin College for a certificate of Electronic Technology.

He retired in January 2006 from Battelle Northwest after 27 plus year. He worked on spent nuclear fuel and glass batching and melting rods. He received many awards for his work and commitment.

Don is preceded in death by his parents and middle brother Dennis Smith who was another great baseball player. Don leaves behind a sister, Debbie Boudreau, brother-in-law, Bruce, brother, Dean Smith and two nephews Dean and Chris Bonewell.

Private Service will be at a later date.

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  • Don worked with me in the late 1980s developing technology for the aluminum industry. A careful and conscientious worker, he helped me run many tests that often ran 24 hours or longer. He possessed a dry sense of humor, and would often zing me, and wait until I got the joke… and he’d be standing there with a sly smirk on his face. Like all of us, Don had regrets in life along with successes. I’ll never know if he ever reassembled his 1950’s Corvette, but I think it wasn’t about having the car running as much as holding onto the dream. Rest well my friend, you’ll be missed.

    Steve Marschman
    July 19, 2022
    Idaho Falls, Idaho
  • Sorry to see him go. Didn’t know him well, he is still a classmate.

    Roy Ballard
    June 4, 2022
    Richland
  • I am so sorry to hear this news. I knew Don well and have many memories of his kind nature. My condolences to the family.

    Susan Sherwood
    June 2, 2022
    Rhode Island
  • Sending heartfelt sympathy to Don’s family . Your wonderful memories will be cherished forever . Love , Anita Bromley

    Anita Bromley
    June 2, 2022
    Richland , wa
  • A special friend over many years, Don was the kindest, most considerate, and respectable people I have known.

    Carol Williams Hendrickson
    June 2, 2022
    June 2, 2022
  • You couldn’t have known a nicer guy. Great person.

    Ron Breedlove
    June 2, 2022
    Mesa AZ
  • One of the great all around nice guys. I cannot think of one negative thing to say about him. He lived a life to be proud of.

    Duane Lee
    June 1, 2022
    Richland, Wa.
  • Donnie was a super guy and great baseball player. He will be missed by many..

    Roger Fishback
    June 1, 2022
    Richland