OBITUARIES: David Andrew Smith

David Andrew Smith

David Andrew Smith retired as supervisor at Simpson Korbel lumber. He developed several innovative methods to improve mill production. He loved camping, fishing and hunting. He was a family man and “rock to lean on” for one and all.

David was born Sept. 28, 1943 in Mount Shasta, California to John Kelly Smith and Gladys Nadine Smith. He grew up in Fieldbrook. David passed away June 17, 2013 after a lingering illness. His family and friends surrounded him during his final hours at St. Joseph’s in Eureka.

David was a father, grandfather, brother and uncle. He leaves two daughters Brenda Turner of McKinleyville, Theresa Momber of Redding, grandson Kody Turner and granddaughter Stephanie Momber.

David was one of six siblings. His brothers are John Smith of Blue Lake, Wesley Smith of Ukiah, and three sisters, Lena Montoya of McKinleyville, Jewel Boyd of Fortuna, and Diane James of Aurora, Missouri. David’s nephews are Wendell Johnson of Mt. Shasta, John Smith Jr. of Eureka, Gary and David Smith of Washington, Kelly Palmer of McKinleyville.

His nieces are Sherri Johnson of Rancho Cordova, Lisa Smith of Blue Lake, and Cindy James who preceded him in death Jan. 4, 1988.

David will be remembered for his zest for life, love of the earth with its sunrises and sunsets. The outdoors were his playground. He was an honest, loving and caring man. David had many friends and one special friend in Tim McGowan. David loved western novels. Services will be private.