Obituary: David D. Smith Oct. 9, 1957 – Sept. 18, 2015

DAVID D. SMITH Oct. 9, 1957 – Sept. 18, 2015

David D. Smith, 57, of Los Alamos, NM passed away on September 18, 2015 at his home surrounded by the family that he so dearly loved and treasured.  His death was a result of a very hard battle fought against a sudden illness.

David was born in Oil City, PA on October 9, 1957 to Larry D. Smith and Yvonne E. Toy.  With a brief stop in Garland, TX, David’s family finally ended up in Los Alamos in the early 1960’s.  He said one of his earliest memories of Los Alamos was staying in Fuller Lodge and watching a wedding taking place in the great room below.

Upon graduation from Los Alamos High School in 1976, David joined the US Army and served his country honorably.  He worked for many years at the Anthony store in Los Alamos and Artesia before finally obtaining a security job at the LANL protective force. After spending a number of years on the protective force, David moved over to LANL as a security investigator for over 17 years. David also served as a reserve police officer for the Los Alamos Police Department.

In March of 1989, he met a blue-eyed Texan that changed his life forever. He married Kathryn Butler of Panhandle, TX on March 22, 1991.

From all of his military, protective force, and security training, his love of shooting and teaching others to shoot was expanded to not only adults but to kids as well. In 2010, David along with four other adults and approximately 10 kids around the ages of 12 & 13 started the Los Alamos Young Guns Youth Shotgun program.

David is survived by his wife and four sons: Donald James; Christopher David (wife Melissa); Joshua Boyd; and David Joesiah all of Los Alamos. He is also survived by four grandsons, one granddaughter; his mother; two sisters – Larie Diane Forden (husband Kris) of North Platte, NE and Peggy Blum of Aurora, CO; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

David was preceded in death by a son and daughter (James & Bethany), his father, a sister and a set of twin brothers.

Hunting, fishing, camping, muzzle-loading, and coaching were some of his greatest pleasures he enjoyed. But above all of these, he enjoyed his family more than anything.

Services for David will be held on Friday, September 25th, at 10:00 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Los Alamos. Interment will follow directly after at Guaje Pines Cemetery.

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