Donald L. Smith
Published: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 4:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 4:21 p.m.
Donald L. Smith, a life-long Santa Rosa resident who worked for 35 years for the Sonoma County Environmental Health, died at his home Tuesday of heart cancer. He was 74.
Smith was born in Boise, Idaho, but moved to Santa Rosa with his family when he was 7.
He attended Santa Rosa High School, Santa Rosa Junior College and San Francisco State, where he received a bachelors of science degree, served in the National Guard and was a member of the Campions Precision Drill Team.
As a county employee he was involved in inspecting septic systems and restaurants and was also a supervisor, helping design septic systems to make sure they were adequate for the development.
He also coached youth soccer, T-ball and Little League for a number of years, said his son, Doug Smith of Windsor.
“There were many kids who knew him,” his son said. “He was an avid runner and when they saw him on the street, they would say ‘hi coach.’ There wasn’t a kid who didn’t know him.”
He was also a golfer, fisherman and duck hunter.
“Especially in his retirement years, a lot of it was spending time with his grandkids, at our place at Clear Lake, going out on boat, watching the kids wake board, and really into fishing,” his son said.
He was active in the St. Vincent DePaul Society, Montgomery Village Lions and Holy Spirit Men’s Club.
He was diagnosed with cancer a year ago.
Doug Smith said it prompted his daughter, Cassidy Smith, a Windsor High School freshman, to start a club at school to raise money for the families of children with cancer.
“They started with can drives and bracelets, it all stems around my fathers cancer,” Doug Smith said. “There was nothing that she could do for him, so it was an outlet.”
He was married to his wife, Judy Smith of Santa Rosa, for 51 years.
In addition to his wife and son, he is survived by another son, Dean Smith of Windsor; seven grandchildren; and a brother, David E. Smith of Los Altos.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Spirit Church in Santa Rosa. Inurnment at Calvary Catholic Cemetery will be private. Donations to charity are requested. Lafferty & Smith Colonial Chapel handled arrangements.
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