SMITH, David Eric|
David Eric Smith, age 43, went to be with the Lord after his 5 year battle with cancer, on March 4, 2014 in Austin, Texas. David, the son of Gerald and Eileen Smith, was born August 9, 1970 in Anchorage, Alaska.
He was a 1989 graduate of Bartlett High School in Anchorage. Throughout high school he enjoyed bodybuilding and other physical activities. David began his firefighting career at the University of Alaska- Fairbanks. His move to Texas began in the mid 90's to attend the Firefighter Academy in College Station. Upon completion in 1995, he moved to Austin, Texas to pursue a career with the Austin Fire Department.
He was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church were he served faithfully in the youth ministry. It was here where he met his wife, Elishea. He encouraged many people in their faith and attended mission trips including serving as a counselor for a Missionary Kids Camp in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
David was proud to serve as a Lieutenant for the Austin Fire Department. His love for the job was evident in all that he did for our community. He worked in the Special Operations division for a time and helped out during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.
David was always passionate about caring for his family and others. Even throughout his battle the life verse he shared with everyone was Romans 5:3-5, '...we also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance, perseverance character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us...'
David is survived by his beautiful wife of 17 years, Elishea Smith and their two amazing children, Kenneth Isaac and Denali Nicole, all of Round Rock, Texas. He is also survived by his parents, Gerald and Eileen Smith, his brother, Brian Smith and his two sisters, Aniesha Earles and Sharon Manassa. David will be greeted in heaven by family and friends who have gone before him.
The family has requested, in lieu of flowers that a donation be made in David's memory, to the HOPE Fund c/o Texas Oncology Midtown 901 W. 38th St. Suite 200, Austin, Texas, 78705. Online donations can also be made to the cancerconnectionhopefund.org.
Family and friends are invited to a visitation to be held at Noon on Saturday, March 8, 2014, with services following at 1:00 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church, 3838 Steck Avenue, Austin, Texas 78759. Interment will follow at Cook-Walden/Capital Parks Cemetery in Pflugerville.
Please visit David's memorial at www.cookwaldencapitalparks.com.
Published in Austin American-Statesman from Mar. 7 to Mar. 8, 2014