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12/20/1949 — 05/15/2022
From Richland, WA
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.
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.
Sorry to see him go. Didn’t know him well, he is still a classmate.
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.
Sending heartfelt sympathy to Don’s family . Your wonderful memories will be cherished forever . Love , Anita Bromley
A special friend over many years, Don was the kindest, most considerate, and respectable people I have known.
You couldn’t have known a nicer guy. Great person.
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.
Donnie was a super guy and great baseball player. He will be missed by many..