Donald L Smith

January 3, 1929November 14, 2013

SPARTA- Donald L. Smith, age 84, went home to the Lord on November 14, 2013 in Newton, NJ with his loving family by his side. Donald was born in Wilkes-Barre, PA to Emery T. and Viola Smith. He has resided for the past 36 years in Sparta. Donald served his country proudly in the US Army from 1946-49. He attended Purdue University earning his Bachelors, Masters and Ph.D. degrees in Mechanical Engineering . He was granted a fellowship in engineering research from Standard Oil, working for the company after earning his Ph.D. Through the years, he was employed by Magnavox, Collins Radio and Rockwell Industries. Donald was employed for 29 years as a mechanical engineer for the US Department of Defense, serving the Rock Island Arsenal, later transferring to Picatinny Arsenal where he retired in 1994. Don was a member of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers for 60 years. He was a very active member of the Sparta United Methodist Church where he served on the Board of Trustees, Missions Committee and as the Church Treasurer. He was generous with his time, volunteering in the Sparta United Methodist Church Mouse Thrift Shop and as a former Boy Scout Leader. He is survived by his beloved wife of 59 years, Wilma (Howard) Smith, a son, Steven J. Smith and his wife Gretchen Sundstrom-Smith of Budd Lake, NJ, daughter Linda M. Cappaert and her husband Richard of St. Louis, MO and his sister, Margaret Gaylord, Binghamton, NY and a sister–in-law Wanda Wanck, Endicott, NY, six Grandchildren: Andrew, Cassandra, Karlee and Arianna Sundstrom-Smith, and Elyssa and Rebecca Cappaert. He was predeceased by his brother, Thomas, sister Eleanor Ritter, and grandson, Henry T. Cappaert. Family and friends are invited Monday, November 18, 5-8 pm to Goble Funeral Home 22 Main Street, Sparta, NJ 07871 with a 7pm service. A Celebration of Life service for Donald will be held on December 22, 2 pm at the Sparta United Methodist Church. Contributions can be made to the Sparta United Methodist Church Memorial Fund, 71 Sparta Avenue, Sparta, NJ 07871 or to the American Cancer Society in memory of Donald L. Smith. He will be missed by his loving family, nieces, nephews and many friends.


  • FAMILY GATHERING Monday, November 18, 2013
  • SERVICE Monday, November 18, 2013

Donald L Smith

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Kathy & David Harrison

December 4, 2013

So sorry to hear about your loss if your Dad! Linda you and your family will be in our thoughts and prayers! With all our Love Kathy & David Harrison Family

Shelly (Howard) Roberson and family

November 19, 2013

I will always fondly remember Don as a sweet, quiet presence at our Howard family reunions. Our prayers are with you, Wilma, and all your family. XO

Susan Butler

November 18, 2013

So sorry for your loss, my thoughts & prayers are with you and your family!

Andy Smetana

November 17, 2013

So sorry to all for your loss, God bless.

Candace Pendergast

November 17, 2013

Oh Wilma my tears overflow for your loss!!! What a lovely story about Don and his life with us. I'm sure my Mother was there behind the pearly gates to welcome Don to her cocktail party and to introduce him to all her recent friends that sadly are with her how.
No more pain. No more suffering for Don....only his family!!!
I'm so sorry Wilma!!! XOXO
Please let me know what I can do aside from pray for you & your family.

the cappaerts

November 16, 2013

we all will miss u don