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Donald Wayne Smith, 77, of Longwood, Florida, passed away on Saturday, January, 26, 2013.

Don was born in Birmingham Alabama on March 1, 1935, and graduated from Ocala High School in 1954. Don was an Eagle Scout, and served in the National Guard. He received his Bachelor of Science from the University of Miami in 1965. He married Mary Elizabeth Clayton on July 15, 1961, and they enjoyed 51 years of marriage.

For thirty years, Don worked for State Farm Insurance Companies. He began his career in 1965, as an agent in Orlando, and was promoted into management in 1979. He retired from the company in 1996. Don was always very active in the Catholic Church. He was a member of the choir, and for many years, worked as a fundraiser for the diocese of Orlando. Don relished his retirement years. He enjoyed furniture making, spending time with his grandchildren, and traveling with Mary.

Don is survived by his loving wife Mary, and four children: Wayne (Stacy) of Asheville, NC; David (Suzette) of Altamonte Springs, FL; Kathy, of Lake Mary, FL; and Doug (Karen) of Tampa, FL. He is also survived by nine grandchildren, his brother, Christopher (Patti) and numerous nieces, nephews and other family. Don was preceded in death by his parents, Andrew and Hazel Smith, and his brother, Andrew, Jr.

In lieu of flowers, the family is requesting that donations be made to Annunciation Catholic Academy, 593 Jamestown Boulevard, Altamonte Springs, Florida 32714, Attn: Smith Memorial Fund, or the Lewy Body Dementia Association, Condolences can be sent to Mary Smith, c/o Doug Smith - State Farm, 18427 N US Highway 41, Lutz, Florida 33549.

A funeral mass will be held at Annunciation Catholic Church, 1020 Montgomery Road, Altamonte Springs, Florida, at 1:30 p.m. Friday, February 1, 2013, with a reception immediately following at the parish Cultural Center.

Published in Gainesville Sun from Jan. 30 to Jan. 31, 2013