March 11, 1950 – June 10, 2021
David Murray Smith passed away unexpectedly after successfully battling cancer for four years. Dave was born in Seattle, Washington on March 11, 1950 in The Swedish Hospital. His father traveled for work as an architect, so he attended Merchant Taylor's Prep School in Rickmansworth, England. From an early age knew he was happiest when he kept himself busy, so he also found a job working at a Spanish construction company owned by a friend of his father before returning to America. His mother was always encouraging exploration from her kids, inspiring his desire to travel for work with his future career. Upon graduation, he attended Indiana University Bloomington, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He always looked up to his father who served in the Navy during WWII as a Seabee, but he had a passion for flight. He decided to enlist as a member of the The US Air Force. He flew 141 Transport planes for eight years and eventually finished his military career by enlisting in the Reserves and flying C-130's. He was squadron commander at Niagara Falls Reserve Base before retiring in 1989 as he wanted to spend more time with his growing family. He was awarded the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious Service (1980) and The Air Medal (1978) during the Zaire conflict while flying in under fire to rescue US citizens. He remained private about his time in the military, but the work ethic and success he found there would translate into his career and fatherhood. While still in active duty he finished his Master's degree in Business Management through Central Michigan University. He left the military and was hired by Mobil Oil which later became ExxonMobil. He started as an Automotive Lubricant Account Manager and retired as OEM Account Manager. Dave was an extremely hard worker, traveling extensively around the country for millions of miles. His career involved working with national accounts such as Nissan and Freight Liner. He always took pride in never having to work from an office, preferring the freedom that his job travel offered. While attending IU he was set up on a blind date by his sister Carol with Vicki Swenby who would go on to become his lifelong partner. On July 3, 1977 he married Vicki after dating for nearly seven years. She was still working in Europe as a Publishing Consultant so they were able to meet in various countries such as Italy, Germany, England and Spain whenever he flew to different air force bases. They settled in Charleston, SC where he was stationed in 1979. Travel was a common passion for them, always at their happiest when they were able to get away from it all for a while together, and later on with their kids. Dave and his wife Vicki moved a number of times for work, going from Charleston to Pittsburgh and eventually settling in Orchard Park, NY in 1983. What was supposed to be a temporary stay would turn out to be where they would put roots down and grow their family for decades to come. Despite all the travel he always made time to attend all the sports and music activities of their three children, Madison, Troy and Chase. He loved his duties as a grandpa to Adeline and Riley sharing his wonderful dry wit with them too. As much as possible he was always making time for video calls and visits with his grandchildren to watch them learn, play and laugh together. He approached every aspect of his life with an unparalleled drive for success, leaving a positive impact on everyone who could be a part of it. Pulling others into his orbit was a common occurrence for David, as he would always encourage everyone to join in on his conversations and unique sense of humor. He will be missed for his one of a kind sense of humor, where he found delight from small and strange things such as Spam, fried jalopeno bologna sandwiches always searching for the odd and unique places to explore and eat. He will be remembered for how fully he lived his life, the care and laughter he gave to everyone that was a part of it. Mr. Smith was predeceased by his father and is survived by his loving mother Maggie, siblings; Carol (Mayor Lloyd) Winneke, Barb (Brent) Cady, Jeanne (Mike) Adams, Steve (Allison) Smith, Mark (Janice) Smith, Wife Vicki and children; Madison (Justin) Smith-Green, Troy Smith, Chase Smith and two grandchildren. Details for his Zoom Memorial are forthcoming.
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June 21, 2021
There are not enough words to express the empty place in my heart. As my “other brother Dave” I grew up with him like a sibling not an in law. Having been preteen when Dave and Vicki started dating there are too many memories to recount. He was always generous, kind and warm to me.
From allowing me to fill his beard with golf pencils to making time to have dinner when he was on a business trip… I will miss his background comments when I talk to my sister on the phone and his adorable smile.
You put up a great battle I just wish we had more time together so that you and Bill could have talked fiancé and political programs.
Thanks for making me feel special.
June 19, 2021
It was such a pleasure to get to know Dave (and Vicki) as our families got together. He was always so engaging and personable with a great sense of humor! After staying with us he teased that upon waking he thought he was in Martha Stewart's craft room! He will be greatly missed by all who had the privilege of knowing him!
June 18, 2021
Another great pic of Dave with his sisters and the carrot cake!
June 18, 2021
Dave will be so missed by our Family. He was the one that we all looked up to and enjoyed being with. As his brother-in-law for 35 years, he and I had a great relationship. He welcomed me into the family from the beginning, and was always interested in what was going on in our lives, as well as being very sharing and caring.
Our visits to Orchard Park and the Smiths coming to Michigan were always fun-filled. Just prior to the travel restrictions of the past year, many of us were able to be with Dave and Vicki in Houston at Patrick's wedding, and a few weeks later we were fortunate to be together in the Smokie Mountains to celebrate Dave's 70th Birthday. Fun Times! And boy, he sure did love Barb's carrot cake!
Our thoughts and prayers are with Dave, Vicki, Troy, Chase, and Madison, Justine, Adeline and Riley.
June 17, 2021
Dave was the first born and the "Chosen One" from the very beginning. He was the favorite of both my parents & grandparents. A natural leader and the Tom Sawyer of the siblings & neighborhood, he used his quick wit to coax us into many adventures Whether playing Cowboys & Indians, building a tree house, swinging on the vines or sledding, he concocted the most dangerous and dare devil schemes. Somehow Dave managed to avoid the inevitable punishments & trips to the ER. Dave was in charge of the tv and Gun Smoke and the Lone Ranger were his favorite shows. Our kinship was strengthened when our family moved to London.Our only rule was to make the last train from Victoria to Rickmansworth.London was our playground.I am afraid we took advantage of the liberal drinking laws in the Pubs.Upon our return Dave went to IU.Soon I followed then Barb, Jeanne, Steve and Mark.We shared a really ugly military green sedan and Dave watched out for us.Dave loved IU sports always.Every year during basketball season the texts and the phone calls would start about basketball.In the past several years we could celebrate or complain about football as well.Lloyd and I were thrilled when Mom moved to Evansville.We always had a great time when Dave and Vicki came to town.This would involve many restaurants chosen by Dave from his careful research. His top spot was a hole in the wall The Peep Hole, he loved their fried bologna sandwich with jalapeno peppers with a beer of course.He also loved the corned beef hash at Kite and Key and Italian at Sauced and DiLegges.We were thrilled to spend his 70th birthday with the family last year in the Smokey Mountains, a trip we will always treasure.We will never forget his smile, the twinkle in his eye when he was getting ready to hatch a plan and his wicked humor and laugh.We will miss him always but especially during those times we counted on him to be ever present.We send love & prayers to Vicki,Madi, Troy &Chase & all his extended family & friends.