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Don Smith - Mighty Don Smith the Great
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Don Smith (known to his family as "Mighty Don Smith the Great" and to many others as "Captain") died on May 25, 2022, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease. Born to Lyle and Marjorie Smith in Mt Clemens, Michigan on September 11, 1947. He was the oldest of four children (Fred, Steve, and Arlene) and was raised by his grandparents Clark and Florence Roper, in Wittenberg Wisconsin, after the death of his parents at age 7. He is survived by his two daughters Tara and Carmen and his two youngest siblings. We hope he is comforted by his greeter as he passed over his granddaughter Kira Smith who passed away in November of 2021.
Don was a graduate of the University of Madison in 1975 with a master's degree in Food Science. He worked for Garratt Callahan as a chemical engineer for most of his adult life and taught Power Engineering at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
Always active with a love of learning and exploring; Don was involved in a wide variety of things from bomb building (mostly in his youth though he did occasionally make enough noise for the Coast Guard to come asking questions), boating (the proud owner of many vessels including the Chris Craft Commander he spent countless hours polishing the glass on), scuba diving (and winter season underwater hockey with the Neptune's Nimrods Scuba Group), spelunking, fresh and saltwater fishing, collecting coins, rock hounding (which also led to lapidary work), and meeting new people (as he never met a stranger).
A special thanks to his sister Arlene and Joan (his ex-wife) for making it possible for Don to remain at home in his final years during his debilitating battle with Alzheimer's and for the staff at Aspire in Kimberly Wisconsin for their loving care during his final months.
Per Don's wishes there will not be a memorial service but, if you want to help, consider volunteering or donating to the Alzheimer's Association.
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