David Donald Smith
David D. Smith, 47, Brandon, died Sunday April 12, 2015, at his home due to a house fire.
Family visitation and memorial service will be Thursday, April 16, 2015, from 5-7 pm with a short service at 7 pm, at Heartland Funeral Home.
David Donald Smith was born February 5, 1968, in Sioux Falls to Verlyn and Ruth (Songstad) Smith. He attended school at and graduated from Brandon Valley High School in 1986. While in school, David worked at Perkins on N. Cliff in Sioux Falls. He later went on to become Kitchen Manager. In 1991, David began hauling freight as a truck driver. Most recently, he was employed by T & R Contracting. On June 3, 1994, David married Shawn Foss in Daytona Beach, FL, and the couple settled in Brandon.
David had a great imagination and loved to have fun. As a child, David wrote a note and ran away from home to Grandma’s house, taking a bag and his little brother with him. He and his brothers went tree climbing against their mother’s wishes. She returned home to find out he had fallen four stories from the tree and knocked himself out for several minutes with a concussion. He always had something funny to say and loved to tease everyone. Along with his enjoyment of the History Channel, David liked to make up trivia questions to ask at special events like Christmas. He also cheered loudly for Jeff Gordon on any NASCAR event. He, himself, was an excellent truck driver and won a couple of truck rodeos. Auctions were another favorite pastime. He loved to buy things to resell. He enjoyed family vacations to his favorite place, Florida. He loved to swim and enjoy the sun at the beach. David also loved to spend time with his granddaughter, Brooklyn, and his best buddy, Talli, his dog, who also perished in the fire.
David will be deeply missed by his wife, Shawn; his children:Tyler, Danielle, Braiden (Jamie), Connor (Logan), and Makenzie Smith of Brandon; granddaughter, Brooklyn; his mother, Ruth Smith, Sioux Falls; five siblings, Mark (Carol), Sioux Falls, Daniel (Teri) Sioux Falls, James, Sioux Falls, Darren (Pam), Brandon, and Cindy (Rik) Drewes, Pierre.
David is preceded in death by his father, Verlyn, and one brother, Steven.
A memorial/benefit fund has been established for David at any Well’s Fargo Bank.