Donald E. Smith

Smith, Donald E.
Donald E. Smith passed away on February 4, 2013. Born June 24, 1942 in Norfolk, VA, Don was part of the U.S. Navy's Operational Readiness Inspection (ORI) team for four years based at NATO Headquarters in Norfolk, VA. He also served in the Viet Nam war during 1968 and 1969 as part of Operation Market Time aboard the USS Conflict (MSO 426) and aboard a Swift boat in the Mekong Delta. Following the Viet Nam War, Don graduated from Cal State, Long Beach. For 11 years, he was a Senior Managing Consultant performing Information Technology Audits for BKD, LLP the nation's tenth largest CPA firm. After departing BKD, Don joined the STAR Financial Group headquartered in Fort Wayne, IN as their Chief Information Security Officer. Don is a 2009 graduate of the FBI Citizen's Academy as well as a 2011 graduate of the Allen County Sheriff's Citizen's Academy. He is also a member of the Board of Directors for the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association as well as a member of the Board of Directors of Indiana Infragard. In 2012 Don and Elizabeth relocated to Phoenix Arizona. Don was employed with the Arizona Department of Transportation, working as an Information Risk Analyst. Don is survived by his best friend and wife of many years, Elizabeth Smith and their three children and five grandchildren: Shawn Smith of Burnsville, NC (wife Lisa and their children: Sydney, Luke and Andy). Michelle Larmore of Phoenix, AZ (husband Jon and their children: Jonathan and Bridget); and Camry Blaising of Atlanta, GA. Also surviving is his sister, Anita Harter of Parsippany, New Jersey. Services will be held Thursday morning at 11:00 AM at Paradise Valley United Methodist Church, 4455 E. Lincoln Drive, Paradise Valley, AZ 85253. The family will receive guests at the home of Michelle and Jon Larmore following the service. To celebrate his legacy of generosity, memorial donations may be made in his honor to Stop Child Abuse & Neglect (SCAN, Inc.) via the internet at He left an indelible imprint on our hearts, and he will be greatly missed.

Published in The Arizona Republic on Feb. 7, 2013