Donald M. Smithers III

April 28, 1996May 22, 2018
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Mr. Donald M. Smithers III, 22, of Canton NY passed away on Tuesday, May 22, 2018. Funeral services will be held on June 2, 2018, at Fox and Murray Funeral Home with The Rev. Walter Smith. Calling hours will be from 12 pm until the time of the service at 2 pm.

Donnie is survived by both parents Donald M. Smithers Jr. and Helen I (Odendahl) Smithers. He is also survived by his younger Sister, Dakota S. Smithers, and an unborn Niece or Nephew that he was ecstatic to meet; Paternal grandparents, May Smithers of Ogdensburg, Donald (Brenda) Smithers Sr. of Ogdensburg; Maternal grandfather, Alvin Odendahl Jr. of Waddington; uncles, Kevin (Cheryl) Smithers of Westfield NY, Chris (Tammy) Smithers of Ogdensburg, Jody Smithers of Massena, Alvin (Jamie) Odendahl III of Waddington, David (Shelly) Odendahl of Waddington, Jeremy Smithers of Morristown, Joel (Christa) Smithers; Aunts, Dawn Fenner of Parishville, Kylie Taylor of Waddington, Beverly (Bill) Lapiene of Ogdensburg, Andrea Smithers of Ogdensburg. His memory will also live on within his extended family.

His maternal grandmother, Beverly Odendahl and paternal aunt, Dawn Love preceded him in death.

Donnie was born on April 28, 1996, in Ogdensburg, NY. He attended Gouverneur school until he was a Junior in high school. He and his family moved to Canton where he spent his Junior year and half of his Senior year before obtaining his GED through Seaway Technical School. He also attended Metalworking during his time at Seaway Tech. He was employed by United Helpers in Ogdensburg at the age of 17 as a dietary aide. After leaving United Helpers he was employed at Arby’s in Potsdam for around 4 months.

Donnie enjoyed hunting and fishing with his family. He was in the Junior Carp Fishing Tournament from the age of 13 until he was no longer eligible at 18. He enjoyed drawing, tattooing, and receiving tattoos. He also enjoyed being outdoors, camping, and sitting around a bonfire with friends and family. He loved listening to all music and was beginning to write his own raps, planning a future in the music industry. He was an amazing person and always willing to help those in need.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Richard E. Winter cancer center. Fond memories and condolences can be shared at


  • Calling Hours Saturday, June 2, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, June 2, 2018

Donald M. Smithers III

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Coral Smithers

June 1, 2018

This is my third time attempting to write something..I have a lot of memories with you so I'm only going to put one of my favorites. And every time I think of you, I think of Dairy Queen. The time we "shared" a blizzard (even though you ate 80% of it). I asked for some M&M's because they were at the bottom and you tilted your head back and put them all in your mouth. Then, you asked if I wanted some..why would I want some?? We swore up and down that they did something to that ice cream because we were out of our heads that night. We screamed because of a "killer" moth and thought we heard a little boy laughing in the kitchen (I still think we did). We had to go outside and I stepped in a wet patch of grass which I thought was a pile of guts and freaked out. You thought it was hilarious as I almost cried..we had to put flea medicine on ace and we both failed (but at least I didn't fall off the bed, unlike you). Then I had to go to the bathroom and you started yelling that you didn't wanna go in there with me (as if I was gonna ask that!). It was a great night and I'm gonna miss you a lot. You were so much more than a cousin to me. You were a best friend, a brother, a sister, a father and a mother at the same time. Even sometimes a therapist. I miss you now and I'm gonna continue to miss you but I know someday we'll see each other again and I'm excited for that. I love you and I'll see you later, pumpkinator

Jo Ann Roberts

May 31, 2018

On behalf of everyone involved in the planning and organizing of the St. Lawrence International Junior Carp Tournament, which is now in it's 16th year, I'd like to pass along our sincerest of condolences to Donnie's friends and family.

When I saw the news about the accident, I immediately thought 'Jr. Carp' and 'from Gouverneur'. Having met literally thousands of kids who have fished in this tournament, we remember Donnie and Dakota, enjoying the time on the riverbank 'as a family', your kindness and helpfulness toward the Marshals and volunteers, and camaraderie with other participants. That's a true testament to him and his family.

May these shared memories bring you some peace knowing that along the way he made an impact on those around him.

Jennifer Bouchey

May 30, 2018

Jennifer Bouchey

May 30, 2018

Jennifer Bouchey

May 30, 2018

I met Donnie while working at Riverledge. We didn't work in the same departments but shared many smoke breaks together, which were always a blast, laughing so hard your stomach hurt because he was so funny! One particular memory that stands out is the year he filled in for his father to be Santa for the residents at the nursing home. He did a great job of course with many laughs along the way! RIP DONNIE❤

Stacy LaRock

May 30, 2018

I worked with Donnie at UH, he was such an outgoing person. We had so many laughs...everyday he worked I managed to jump out & scare him at least once a day or more. He would always say 'jesus christ' or 'one of these days I'll get ya.' We used to have mini food fights & one time he got in trouble for the food being on the floor & he never ratted us out, he took the heat. Such a wonderful person, I never heard him say a bad word about anybody. I will miss him dearly! RIP Donna 💙 (my nickname I gave him)

Jessica Gotham

May 30, 2018

A memory I have is Aunt Helen would bring Donnie and Dakota over to play with Brandon and I while she talked with my mom. Donnie was just a few years old and he was laying on the kitchen floor on top of my cat rocking back and forth saying "i love you... i love you..." He was such a good kid. Definitely gone too soon. I love reading all the memories about him. There are so many good ones. He touched a lot of lives. He will be very missed! Fly high bub. I love you Aunt Helen, Uncle Donnie and Dakota!

Lisa Ellis

May 29, 2018

Sorry for your loss....I worked at UH with Donnie such a great person to work with and get along with even tho we weren't that close I still consider him a good friend... fly high Donnie....RIP😢

Kyle Toomey

May 29, 2018

I'll never forget the subie stuff man. All the trips to Amsterdam to fix cars and doing donuts in parking lots at 3 am. We have too many memories brother. All the late nights of not sleeping cause the conversation was too good. I miss you and I'll keep the raps going. Till next time man..

Black Dave Craig

May 28, 2018

My heart's go out to the smithers family donnie was a good kid with a big heart and would help anybody gone too soon love ya and thank u for helping me move that time you are gonna be missed