Donald Smith

Born: 04/27/1938 Passed:

Donald Smith, age 82, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family on September 26, 2020. All who knew him will remember him for his witty humor and his love of golf.   He was so proud of the opportunity to play golf at Pebble Beach with his son, in 2017 and again in 2018. He served in the United States Navy, as a radioman, stationed on the USS Los Angeles and was honorably discharged in April 1964. Don retired from Cuyahoga County Engineers after 35 years but didn’t stay retired for long; he went to work for QCI for 10 years.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years Jeanne; his three children, Katie, Steven (Melody), Kayla (Paul) Shanks; and two beautiful grandchildren, Koa and Kaia.

Don will be interred during private services held at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate a donation in memory of Donald Smith to The Hospice of Western Reserve at 17876 St Clair Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44110 or online at:


6 Tributes to Donald Smith

  1. Sandi says:

    Thinking of you all. Love you Jeanne ❤️

  2. Julie Patton says:

    Love you Uncle Don!! Hilarious til the end!! We will always remember your dead pan sense of humor and how you would bring a smile to the faces of all! Rest in peace, sweet man!!!!

  3. Bill Mauk says:

    Don and I worked together on a few projects with the Cuyahoga County Engineers office. He was gruff at times, serious and funny, couldn’t tell all the time, but if he was serious you knew it.
    He was a good friend and colleague, I will miss him.

    • Maggie says:

      So sad, Knew Don through his wife Jeanne. His love for golf, his wife, his kids and grand kids is beyond measure. Super kind man to people he met. His services here on earth is still needed but God needed an angel. May his soul Rest in Pease.

  4. Cindy Grogan says:

    Thoughts and prayers Jeanne for you and your family.

  5. Karen Marie Kirby, CSJ says:

    Don was a builder in his spare time. He made a doghouse for our convent that rescued a dog. The last thing he built for me was a ladder shelf that I still have. I love the times we gathered for a meal followed by game time. There would be sparring time, jokes shared, or even serious religious conversation.
    All that needs to be said is that he was a very caring man. He is missed but his legacy lives on in hearts. Rest in God’s Eternal Love, dear Nephew-in-law.

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