Donovan M. “Don” Smith
December 14, 1927 ‒ November 19, 2018
MANSFIELD: Donovan M. “Don” Smith, 90, of Mansfield passed away Monday, November 19, 2018 in Ohio Health Mansfield Hospital.
The son of Carl and Florence (Oswalt) Smith, Don was born December 14, 1927 in Mansfield. Raised in Butler, Don moved to Mansfield in high school and graduated from Madison High School. While at Madison, Don met Betty Nelson. The two were married May 28, 1949 and together celebrated 69 years of marriage.
A carpenter most of his life, Don helped build houses. He always made himself available to help friends complete home renovation projects, shed’s and garages.
He retired from Therm-O-Disc working as a maintenance boiler engineer.
Earlier in life he was a member at Caesarea Baptist Church where he had served as church trustee. He was a member at Berean Baptist Church.
Don enjoyed hunting, fishing, and being outside. Even into his 90’s Don could be seen riding his mower each week. He golfed at area courses and bowled at Lex Lanes.
He is survived by his loving and devoted wife Betty Smith of Mansfield; son Greg (Deb) Smith of Mansfield and daughter Gail (Dan) Klatka of Copley; grandchildren Geremy (Shoma) Smith, Bethany (Chris) Bellamy, Josh Klatka and Zara Klatka; great grandchildren Olivia Smith, Noah Bellamy, and Jude Donovan Bellamy; brother Dwaine (Shirley) Smith of Mansfield; sister-in-law Naomi Ransom of Mansfield; as well as numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.
Along with his parents he was preceded in death by his brother and sister-in-law Wendell and Betty Smith.
The Smith family will receive friends Monday, November 26, 2018 from 4-7 pm in the Marion Avenue Snyder Funeral Home where funeral services will be Tuesday at 11am. Pastor Jim Berry will officiate. Burial will follow in Mansfield Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions to the Caesarea Cemetery Association may be made through the funeral home.
Online condolences to the family may be made by visiting:SnyderFuneralHomes.com
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