Donald David Smith

July 19, 1930March 21, 2019

Donald David Smith, 88, of Scottsbluff, passed away on Thursday, March 21, 2019 at Regional West Medical Center. His funeral service will be held at 1 PM on Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at Gering Memorial Chapel. Burial will follow at the Bayard Cemetery. Visitation will be held from 9 AM until the service time on Tuesday at Gering Memorial Chapel. Memorials may be given to the family for a designation at a later time. Online condolences may be left at Please join the family for a gathering after the interment at Heritage Estates in the Saddle Gap Room.

Donald was born July 19, 1930 at Smith Center, Kansas the oldest son of nine children born to David Alfred and Ruby Beatrice (Stice) Smith. He received his education in Kansas and farmed with his father and brothers. On October 1, 1947, Don was united in marriage to Carrie Mae Greenwood in Greeley, CO. The couple moved every 13 years or so as Don’s employment dictated. He worked for Co-op in Yuma, CO, Stickney Tire Shop in Sidney, was co-owner of the Stateline Truck Stop in Pine Bluffs, WY, worked for a company that installed the fencing and guardrails along Interstate 80 as it was being completed, hauled hay, was a contract mail carrier for the United States Postal Service for several years, and worked as a greenskeeper at Chimney Rock Golf Course in Bayard where he was instrumental in the establishment of the greens and trees throughout the course. Don was proud to have served on the Yuma, CO volunteer Fire Department for several years.

After retirement, Don enjoyed spending time with his family and completing puzzles. He instilled a hard work ethic in his family and enjoyed working alongside them completing projects. Don was a simple man with a lot of grit and some goofiness.

Don is survived by his wife Carrie Mae Smith of Scottsbluff; Children: Dorene Kay Schoolcraft of Bridgeport, LaDonna Mae Christensen of Bridgeport, Donald Leon (Tammy) Smith of Gering, Judy Marie (Guy) Coward of Scottsbluff, and Tracy Diane Jopek of Merrill, Wisconsin; 12 grandchildren (“jackrabbits”); 19 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; brothers Raymond Smith of Abilene, KS and Eugene (Doris) Smith of Yuma, CO; sister Florence (Dennis) Beal of Colorado; several nieces, nephews, and extended family members.

Don was preceded in death by his parents, sons-in-law Jerry Schoolcraft and Harry Christensen, grandson Sgt. Ryan Jopek, brothers Art, Dean, and Paul, and sisters Ruth Kibel and Helen Paramore.


  • Adrian Veliz-Smith, Casket Bearer
  • Ademir Veliz-Smith, Casket Bearer
  • Steven Jopek, Casket Bearer
  • Blake Frye, Casket Bearer
  • Isaiah Moon, Casket Bearer
  • Isaiah Choffel, Casket Bearer
  • Christopher Christensen, Casket Bearer


  • Visitation Tuesday, March 26, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, March 26, 2019

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Ruth Wassemiller

March 27, 2019

What a sweet smile! Seeing the pictures of Uncle Don holding his grandchildren were awesome! Sorry Jerry and I were unable to make the funeral. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all🙏🙏🙏!

Darryl Smith

March 24, 2019

Carrie Mae I am sorry for your loss. I never knew my Uncle and Aunt but I know if you've been married to someone for 70+ years that is special and a tremendous loss.

Don and Stephanie Leeper

March 23, 2019

We are so sorry for your loss. We will miss Don at Jase's birthday parties. It was always a pleasure to visit with grandma and him during the party. Sending you all love and light during this difficult time.

Judith Singer

March 22, 2019

May the angels surround you and hold you up. Judith