Daniel Drake Smith

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Smith, Daniel Drake
of Gilbert, AZ, our beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and son, passed away from natural causes on Friday, May 25, 2012. Daniel was born April 27, 1951 in Fairbanks, Alaska to Kenneth Ballard Smith and Mary Catherine Read. As the son of a Colonel in the Air Force, he lived in Alabama, Virginia and Panama before settling in Tucson, AZ. After graduation from Arizona State University with a degree in business/real estate in 1973, he met and married Kathleen Louise Lang on Nov. 9, 1974 in Downey, CA. After his college years, Daniel worked at Southwest Savings & Loan and became Chief Appraiser. He opened Daniel D. Smith and Associates Appraisal Business in 1984, and served as a teacher and mentor to the real estate community. He was AQB Certified and taught appraisal classes throughout the country. He lived a life of service as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving many years as a Bishop, member of the High Council and Young Men's leader and sharing his love and devotion of our Savior, Jesus Christ. He loved to serve his community through the Boy Scouts of America, was influential in helping many scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout, and assisted many young men in their service as missionaries for the Church. He and Kathleen have four children and seven grandchildren. His hobbies include spending time with his family, skydiving, golfing, shooting, flying both airplanes and helicopters, skiing, and anything else you could throw at him. We know that our father loved many and appreciated the love that he received in return. Visitation will be from 6:00-8:00 pm Wed., May 30, at the Lindsay 3rd Ward of the LDS Church, 21320 S. Greenfield Rd., Gilbert, AZ 85298 .Funeral services are planned for 10:00 am Thurs., May 31, also at the church. Interment will follow at City of Mesa Cemetery. Arrangements by Bueler Chandler Mortuary

Published in The Arizona Republic on May 30, 2012
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