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Herbert Donald Smith


1930 - 2015 Obituary Condolences
Herbert Donald Smith, 84, a resident of Storrie Project near Las Vegas, NM, passed away at his home on Monday following a brief illness.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Mozel Smith, and a sister, Nealene Bradley, all of Tucumcari, NM.
He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Joan of the family home; twin daughters, Donna Hinders and husband Mike of Los Lunas, NM, and Della Boley and husband Willie of Cushing, OK., also a daughter Kathy Holster and husband Michael of Levelland, TX; one son, Robert Smith and wife Tara of Bovey, MN; a sister, Joanne Jones of Clovis, NM; three brothers-in-law: Jerry Bradley of Quay, NM, Jack Robertson and wife Sandra of Sutter, CA, and Don Robertson and wife Barbara of Lubbock, TX; a faithful employee and friend, Gene Apodaca of Las Vegas, NM; nine grandsons and two granddaughters; eleven great-grandchildren and a 23 year old longhorn cow.
Don Smith was born in Tucumcari, NM on May 6, 1930. He was raised in Duran, NM, until 6th grade when his family moved to Tucumcari, NM. He played football, basketball and baseball for the Tucumcari Rattlers.
He graduated from Tucumcari Public Schools in 1948. He attended NM Highlands University on a football scholarship and also played basketball and baseball. He was drafted into the United States Army in 1951 and was honorably discharged in 1953.
He married Joan Robertson on December 22, 1951, and in 1955 he continued his education on a football scholarship at Adams State University in Alamosa, CO for one year after which he returned to NM Highlands University until he graduated with his BA degree in 1956. He taught woodworking, welding, small engines, physical education, and math at various times in his career. He taught in Vaughn, NM, Corona, NM, and for the Las Vegas City Schools. He raised cattle his entire life having been given his first heifer calf as a first year birthday gift from his grandfather. He developed a fine herd of registered Charolais cattle. He and Joan owned and operated the Las Vegas Livestock Cattle auction for seven years.
Don was a Farm Bureau member and served on the board. He served on the Storrie Project Board for several years and served as president and treasurer. He served as president of the local and district National Education Association and was a delegate to the National NEA Convention.
Cremation has taken place and services celebrating his life was held on Thursday, March 26, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the First Baptist Church, 201 Mountain View Drive in Las Vegas, NM. Pastor Jesse Boggs officiated.
Memorials in his memory may be sent to the Henry Sanchez Scholarship Fund, in care of the NM Highlands University Foundation Office, Box 9000, Las Vegas, NM 87701 or to the New Mexico Boys and Girls Ranches, P. O. Box 9, Belen, NM 87002. On line condolences can be sent to www.gonzalesfunerals.com.
Arrangements are under the direction of Billy G. Rogers at Gonzales Funerals & Cremations, 2315 Hot Springs Blvd., Las Vegas, NM 87701 1-888-525-9319 of 505-425-9319.
Published in the Quay County Sun on Apr. 1, 2015
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