David Donald Smith

Smith, David_ovalFebruary 5, 1968 ~ April 12, 2015

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.

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  • Melinda (Mohr) Fagerland says:

    Please know that I am thinking of all of you!

  • Brett and Val McGregor says:

    Shawn and family,

    We were so shocked and sadden to hear about the death of David. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. We won’t be able to attend the funeral as Val is sick. We are sure many of the family will be there and we know their support will comfort you. May God comfort and bless you.

    Val and Brett

  • Michele & jim wright says:

    We are so sorry to hear about Dave. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • S says:

    My prayers to all family and friends. May Jesus bring you comfort through this tragedy and give you strength.

  • Mary Lahn says:

    Shawn and family,

    My deepest sympathy in your loss. May your memories bring you smiles and may you find peace and acceptance knowing that Dave will rest in the house of our Lord for all eternity.

    Hugs and prayers,

  • Mary Lahn says:

    Shawn and family,

    My deepest sympathy. May your memories bring you smiles and may you find peace and acceptance knowing that Dave will rest in the house of our Lord for all eternity.

    Hugs and prayers,

  • Michele Henriksen says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss, our deepest condolences to you Shawn and your family. Many thoughts and prayers.

  • Chris Burkman says:

    Shawn and family,,

    Well, where do I start? Shawn and family, you have my families deepest sympathy. Dave and I became good friends in high school and graduated together in 1986. I have many great memories of the good times Dave and I had during our teenage years. One of the best times we had together was after we graduated from high school in the summer of 1986. We didn’t have anything to do, so we decided to go the a Sioux River Waterslide. This where I met my wife of 25 years, thanks to Dave. Our families thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

    Chris, Mary Jo, Austin and Tanner Burkman

  • Sheri Muchow says:

    I can’t imagine what you must be going through, but I am honored to be able to help out! (((((HUGS)))))

  • Sheri Muchow says:

    My deepest thoughts are with you!!! I’m sorry!

  • Loretta Paganini says:

    Shawn and family I was so sorry to hear of your loss. Know that my prayers and thoughts are with you.


  • Tammy Muth Hai says:

    Shawn and Family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Carrie Finley-Wieman says:

    I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Amanda says:


    a very beautiful song. and it helped me and still does thought i Share!! I’m praying for you guys!

  • Bruce & Cathy Nytroe says:

    Shawn, Danielle and Family:
    We are so sorry for your unexpected loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Jeff & Jennifer Thompson (Ryan and Carson) says:

    Our deepest sympathies and prayers for your family.

  • Ann Westra says:

    Shawn and family, I was so very sorry to hear of your loss. May the Lord keep you close and guide you though this most difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  • Kelli Laughlin says:

    Dave and I are praying for you all! I have only great memories of David when I was in your lives. My heart aches for the multiple premature deaths the Smith’s have endured. May you lean on God and trust everything is in His timing for reasons we can’t understand. He loves you and will hold you up when you feel like you can’t go on. Give Ruth a big hug from me.

  • Everett says:

    So very sorry to hear about Dave’s death. We knew him for many years and worked with him in the trucking industry. Please accept our sincere and heartfelt condolences. Everett and Margarete Engels, Bibbs Inc

  • Melinda and Sam Huewe says:

    Shawn and family,
    My thoughts have been going back to high school this week and all the times Dave would crack me up in class. May the many happy memories you all have bring smiles and comfort to you during the sad days ahead.

  • Tammy Hintze McMahon says:

    Shawn and family,
    There are no words that can express the sorrow we all feel for your loss of David! Please take time today and enjoy in the memories that were made and embrace your family and loved ones tight! Even though it’s been years since we’ve seen each other in person, I’ve enjoyed watching your family grow through the years! Take care of yourself Shawn! Praying for you find peace, love and light to guide you through this difficult time! Love you always, Tammy

  • Deanna and caitlin johnson says:

    Our deepest sympathies to your family as your going through this difficult time. Remember to celebrate his life even tho your morning his death.

  • Gayle Suing says:

    May time provide you with peace and memories and keep your hearts filled with love. My thoughts and prayers are with your family.

  • Billie McKinney says:

    Our Deepest sympathies and prayers go out to your family.

  • Shawn, children and family,
    Words cannot express the sorrow or sympathy we feel at this time for you and your family. David had such a fun loving spirit and I just wanted to share a few of my memories with you like during our sophomore year when we were always panicking about taking another History test and miraculously David came through with all the answers for every test we ever took. The teacher never knew who was giving out all the answers but by the end of the day the test would change because we all were getting A’s. (sorry David I told and we all thank you!) Also, when we were Seniors wasn’t it David who let the chicken go down the Senior hallway? There are so many ways he touched our lives and there are many more funny stories to hear and tell. I’m glad he was my friend. May God wrap his loving arms around you Shawn to comfort you and please know you and your family are in our thoughts and prayers continually. Chris,Roy,Nate,Viggo and Elijah

  • Jody (Johnson) Sundvold says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family! I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Mindy Kidder says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with all of you as you mourn the loss of your husband, father, brother, son and friend. Prayers that God’s gentle love covers all of you in a blanket of comfort.

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