Donald L. Smart, Sr.
Attica - Donald Lee Smart, Sr., 77, Attica, passed away at his home, surrounded by his family, on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 1:35 p.m., following an illness with cancer.
Donald was born in Attica, Indiana, on April 28, 1937. He was the son of the late Ralph and Mary (Knowles) Smart. Donald was raised in the Attica area, attending Logan Grade School and Attica High School. He later received his GED from Fountain Central High School.
Donald formerly worked at the Daily Ledger Tribune for 12 years. He later worked at Culligan Water in Attica for 10 years. He and his sons operated a construction business before going to work at the Fountain County Highway Department. He worked there for 19 ½ years, retiring in 2009.
Donald was a veteran of the U.S. Army
for 6 years and did his basic training at Fort Benning, GA. Donald was with the Indian Head Division, 69th Single Battalion at Fort Meade, MD.
Donald was attending the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Williamsport. He was a past member and past president of both the Eagles Lodge # 2596 and Moose Lodge # 1482 of Attica.
Donald's hobbies included fishing, bowling, computer games, watching western movies. He was a NASCAR fan with Jeff Gordon as his favorite driver. He loved spoiling his grand kids and great-grand kids along with his love for his dogs, "Duke" and "Missy".
On December 17, 1988, Donald married Marian D. Yater in Attica.
He leaves behind his wife, Marian, of 26 years; 14 children, Terrietta Dobbels, Lafayette; Donald (Zoe) Smart, Jr., Lafayette; Jackie (Valerie) Smart, Mellott; Johnnie Smart, Lafayette; Greg (Amanda) Bender, Newtown; Justin (Jaida) Bender, Attica; Kelly (James) Burnett, Attica; Marisa Bosley, Attica; Dedra Hensel, Attica; Marti (companion-Mike Johnson) Parrish, Yountsville, IN; Robert Smart, Attica; Taleida (Gale) Bushman, Darlington; Leroy (Michelle) Howard, Lafayette and Kim (Allen) Mullendore, Lafayette;
39 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Peggy Anderson, Attica and Patricia Kepler, Lafayette; many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a daughter, Marlena Kay Smart; a great-granddaughter, Amiya Miller-Maulberger and a sister, Rosetta Rasnic.
Friends may call at the Maus Funeral Home, Attica, on Tuesday, May 13th, from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. Services will be held at the funeral home on Wednesday, May 14th, at 11:00 a.m. with President John Haddock and Burr Smiley officiating. Burial with military honors will be held at the Union Christian Cemetery, near Newtown.
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