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Delbert "Del" David Smith, 74, died peacefully on August 31, 2018, surrounded by his family in Spokane, WA. Del was born on September 9, 1943 in Springfield, OH to Arthur and Loscigale (Canterbury) Smith. He graduated from Canon City High School in 1961. He married Beverly Ann Horvath September 26, 1964, and the couple had one child. He enlisted in the Army National Guard in 1965, dedicating a total of 6 years of service to our country. Then in 1970, he graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Psychology & Art History from Colorado State University - Pueblo. As a kid, he loved baseball. As he grew into adulthood and beyond he enjoyed fishing, tinkering in the yard, a good cup of coffee and spending time with his family. Del was also very talented as an artist in the mediums of drawing, painting and glass etching. Del's main career was spent as a purchasing agent, working in different industries along the way. He also spent time as an educator and with the Colorado Dept. of Corrections. He was a wonderful husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, brother and uncle. He was tough but fair; loving, generous, talented in so many ways with a slyly wonderful sense of humor; you always had to be on your game around him! He never settled, always striving to be better and provide better for his family with an inner strength, work ethic and resolve second to none. He relished challenges and always stood for what he believed was right; teaching numerous valuable lessons along the way that have been passed along to his grandchildren. Del is survived by his wife, Beverly; their child, Damon (Lauren) Smith; and his grandchildren, Alexander, Abbie-lyn and Alora Smith; his sister Karen "Tiny" Fontecchio (John) and brother Gale (Loretta) Smith along with many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Art and Loscigale; and his sister, Joy Baker. Del will be cremated in September in Spokane, WA. Family and friends will celebrate his life together at a later date in Colorado; announcement to follow.
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