Donovan M. “Don” Smith

December 14, 1927 ‒ November 19, 2018

Mansfield, Ohio

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.

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  • The world will not be the same without Don’s wonderful smile and willingness to help anyone in need. He will be missed by so many.
    Becky and Pierre Goasdoue

  • It was a privilege to count Don as a dear friend. I don’t believe I ever heard him say anything derogatory about anyone. We all could benefit by trying to live up to the standard he set for us. I say “rest in peace “, but I know if there are trees and lawns in Heaven, you will keep busy so it stays nice for those of us who hope to meet you in that sweet by and by.

  • Proverbs 20:7 says “The righteous man walks in his integrity;
    His children are blessed after him.
    What an example of a righteous man was Don Smith.
    He never knew a stranger and always willing to help anyone.
    We will miss this sweet man whom I have had the pleasure and honor to be his favorite daughter-in-law for 45 years.
    No wonder he went by the nickname of “Nice Guy.”
    Surely we have been blessed.
    Rest In Peace you sweet man. ❤️

  • Dear Smith family,
    With deepest sympathy, I send my love and prayers, I have soooo many memories of Don being Butler school with him probably 6 to 8 years, in my class. Always dear friends and then at Caesarea church also. Love the whole family and Don was a blessing his whole life.

    Ellie Hitchman

  • To the Smith Family,
    Just the other day we were talking about how the Mansfield relatives were fairing. We were so sorry to read about the passing of Don.
    Please accept our sympathies and prayers.
    The Ron Nelson Family
    Ron, Linda, Todd, Erika, Kipp, Brittany, Lahna Marie, Ronnie Noelle, Blakely Sue, Luke Skywalker Thomas, Kipp Jayce (KJ) Nelson, and Addison and Parker Dunnnington

  • Love and prayers ….you will be missed Uncle Don…my deepest sympathy and love.

    God’s blessings,
    Kathy and Gregg Darling and family