David "Nick" Smith

March 11, 1947December 7, 2018

David "Nick" Smith of Lansing, MI born March 11, 1947 passed away on December 7, 2018 at the age of 71.

Nick is preceded in death by his parents, Myron and Phyllis Smith. He is survived by his loving wife of 49 years, Prudence; daughter, Jennifer L. Smith; son, Jeff M. (Gina Rios) Smith; grandchildren, Rachael Hall, Jossilyn Smith, Kasen Smith; and brothers, Dan (Nancy) Smith, Fred ( Elise) Smith.

Nick graduated from Everett High School. An avid athlete, he played football and baseball as well as city baseball. He continued his love of sports through coaching football, golf, basketball, and girl's middle school basketball. Nick was a proud graduate of Spring Arbor University Class of 1969. He also attended Michigan State University where he received his Master’s. On August 16, 1969 Nick married the love of his life Prudence J. Probst. He was a teacher at Potterville High School from 1969-2004 and a Youth Group Leader at Central Free Methodist Church for 35 years.

A visitation will be held for Nick on Wednesday, December 12th from 6 PM to 8 PM at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes Lansing Chapel at 900 East Michigan Avenue. A service will be held Thursday, December 13th at 12:00 PM with visitation an hour prior at Central Free Methodist Church at 828 North Washington Avenue in Lansing, followed by a graveside service and interment at Chapel Hill Memorial Gardens.

Memorial Contributions may be made to the Spring Arbor Alumni Association at 106 East Main Street, Spring Arbor, MI 49283.


  • John Smith
  • Ken Smith
  • Rob Porritt
  • Steve Probst
  • Tom Truscott
  • Marlin Maurer

  • Spring Arbor Alumni Association


  • Vistitation Wednesday, December 12, 2018
  • Visitation Thursday, December 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, December 13, 2018

David "Nick" Smith

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Brett Kellogg

December 15, 2018

Dear Prudy. Jeff and Jenny, I have not seen Nick in a few years. However, I had the honor and pleassurw of many nights of cards and other games with he and Prudy. A kind and positive man always, i know his spot in heaven has been long reserved. My thoughts and prayers are with his family. Sincerely,
Brett Kellogg.

Jim Tervo

December 14, 2018

Nick was a wonderful person who was kind to everyone. I have great memories of growing up together. Nick and his parents were exceptional role models for all.

Bill & Jeri Messeroll

December 13, 2018

We are saddened to hear of Nick's passing. Our Thoughts are with you and your family

Jennifer Torricelli (Paquin)

December 13, 2018

What a kind and awesome man. To Prudy and Jeff (and other family too), I am so sorry to hear of this sad news. I will be praying for peace and comfort for you all as passing is never easy on those left behind. However, it’s great to know that he is in such a better place... waiting to see you all again, sitting next to God the Father. I love you all and think of you often.

Bonnie Lay

December 12, 2018

Dear Prudy and Family,

So sorry for your loss, Sorry that I wasn’t able to make the Visitation tonight.
I will miss Running into Nick at the store in store, either in Lansing or Holt.
May God be with you at this time.

Sincerely yours,

Bonnie L.Lay

Randy Wedgwood

December 12, 2018

Dear Prudy, Jeff, and Jenny,
I was saddened to hear of Nick's passing. I will always have the memories of the times we spent together on our New Years day celebrations. Take comfort in knowing Nick's legacy has been growing around you for many years in his teaching, coaching and his love of family.

Margaret Adrian

December 12, 2018

My deepest condolences on the loss of your Dad. Please know that you and your family are in my thoughts, as well as the thoughts of your Highlander family. Hugs!

David and Nancy Gyertson

December 12, 2018

Nancy and I were so sorry to learn of Nick's passing. We treasure the days Nancy's and Nick's families shared across so many years. And together we celebrate our relationships with Nick and Prudy as joint beneficiaries of Spring Arbor University's commitments to grow us in Christ for His calling. While recent years have not provided much opportunity to connect please know that we honor Nick's faithfulness to his calling, his Lord and his family praying for God's perfect peace to be with you all. We regret that we cannot attend the memorial service. May the God of all grace and peace be present with you in the days ahead. Dave and Nancy Gyertson

Mary Schafer

December 11, 2018

Nick Smith was a man of honor. He coached and taught our son. He was a wonderful and positive influence. As a teacher and coach he positively influenced so many students at Potterville High School. Thank you for sharing him with us. Gary and Mary Schafer

Claude Leblanc

December 10, 2018

I was on Coach Smith's JV team in '71; what a tremendous Leader by example! Coach Smith was also assistant coach for varsity, and continued his exemplary leadership of young men, as a mentor and by example.
Truly one of the Good Guys. To Mrs. Smith and his family, May his memory keep your heart warm in the coming days. God Bless.
RIP, Coach Smith-
Claude Leblanc, '74, Saint Johns, Florida.