David Arthur Smith
1954 - 2021
Weerts Funeral Home
3625 Jersey Ridge Rd
Davenport, IA

David Arthur Smith

May 19, 1954-April 29, 2021

David Arthur Smith, 66, ended his courageous fight against the evil opponent that is cancer on April 29, surrounded by his family, which is very fitting because family was a pivotal essence of Dave's life. He was proud and honored to be a husband, father, "Papa", brother and son, and was a major part of the lives of his children and grandchildren, even surprising them with gifts until his last days.

Born May 19, 1954 in Davenport, Iowa, son of Edward Louis and Betty Ann Smith, Dave grew up in Bettendorf, spending time fishing, tinkering with cars, playing basketball and causing just enough trouble not to get caught. In high school, he met the love of his life, Barb Sitrick, with whom he would share almost 46 years of marriage and two children, Jason and Jennifer. He was later promoted to Papa, quite possibly his favorite role in life, with the arrivals of Carson, Samantha, Tristan and Charlie. He loved big with his grandchildren, attending sporting events, concerts, plays, going fishing, filling countless water balloons on the deck and even full-on wrestling on the living room floor. An indication of how devoted of a Papa he was, one year he voluntarily turned off the final round of the Masters so his "buddies" could watch 101 Dalmatians (for the 200th time). That is love – that is Dave.

Dave was the type of person who never met a stranger. He welcomed everyone he met with open arms – sometimes literally, as he was a big hugger. This mentality often led to large tailgates and big bar tabs, as well as much laughter and everyone walking away with a smile and priceless memories. He was a lover of the Iowa Hawkeyes, traveling to almost every single game during Jason's tenure on the Iowa basketball team from 1996 – 2001, which earned him the nickname "Papa Smitty". Dave also loved golf, often checking out adjacent fairways before he was supposed to play them thanks to his big swing and power draw, but those lucky Dave Smith bounces kept his scores low. He had a fondness for cars (leading to Barb watching way more Mecum auctions than she ever cared to), especially his beloved 1984 Ferrari Mondial convertible that was all his since no one else in the family could drive a stick shift. Last but not least, you could often find Dave enjoying the incredible view from his deck, listening to music with a glass of wine (or whiskey) and a nice cigar.

A hard-working and trustworthy man, Dave achieved great success as an entrepreneur and real estate developer. He did everything with 100% of himself and wasn't one to shy away from a challenge. During his career, which continued until almost a month before his passing – impressive to say the least – he developed millions of square feet of retail, commercial and senior living developments. His work was primarily done in the Midwest, including numerous projects in the suburbs of Chicago, but he traveled all over and formed strong bonds and relationships with countless people in the industry. He served as President of the Davenport Country Club, on the Board of Directors of the John Deere Classic, as a member of the Chamber of Commerce, was President of the Bettendorf High School Booster Club and as chairman of Bettendorf High School's PRIDE committee. If you were to ask those he worked and served with how they would describe him, you would hear honest and with integrity on repeat. The same words his family and friends would say as he exuded the highest integrity and truthfulness in both business and family life.

Dave did not fit in any molds, understandable standing tall at 6'7". He paved his own way and followed his own rules, one of which was "better to ask for forgiveness rather than permission!" He always liked to say, "I did it my way." He sure did, and he did it oh so well. He had a commanding presence with the kindest demeanor, and a way of making everyone around him feel special, cared for, and loved. He lived his life to the max, he lit up every room with his smile and that twinkle of wild in his eye and often proclaimed, "If you're not living life on the edge, you're taking up too much space." He was smart, funny, loving, generous (to name a few) and was the best husband, father, Papa and friend, with sincere apologies to those who think yours held that title. Dave made all of those around him better and the world was lucky to have him in it. And how lucky are we to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard. A visitation will be held on Thursday, May 20th from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Weert's Funeral Home, with a memorial service to follow on Friday, May 21st at 11:00 a.m., also at Weert's Funeral Home.

Dave was preceded in death by his mother, Betty Ann Smith; his sister, Jannine Givray; and his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Sheldon and Beverly Sitrick. He is survived by his one true love and wife Barb; his son Jason (Courtney) Smith of Las Vegas; his daughter Jennifer of Bettendorf; his four grandchildren Carson, Samantha, Tristan and Charlie; his father Edward; his siblings Steven (Ann) Smith, Tom (Deb) Smith, Jeff (Mary) Smith, Michele (Kyle) Hodde; numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and a large circle of friends and supporters – all of whom admired and adored him, he made it so easy to do. Rest easy, Big Dave/Papa, your time with us was much too short but you will forever remain larger than life in our hearts.

The family of Dave Smith extends its immense gratitude to Dr. Chandrikha Chandrasekharan and the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics – Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center for their dedicated treatment and care, as well as Genesis Hospice for their compassion and genuine support.

Published by Quad-City Times on May 2, 2021.
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Patrick and Ann Ryan
June 30, 2021
The Hacketts
June 11, 2021
My deepest and most sincere condolences to David´s family and friends. My husband, Dale Owen, who passed this last fall from the same illness had the utmost respect for David. Although I only met him a few times, I know he was a super great man and will be missed by so many!
Angela Owen
May 21, 2021
Bill and Susan Paul
May 20, 2021
Steve Kudwa
May 20, 2021
Barb and Family: Please accept our deepest sympathy. Dave was a wonderful person. He always greeted people with a big smile. He was such an easy person to have a conversation with.
Steve and Julie Hamilton
May 20, 2021
Great obit tribute. He was a really good man and Ian glad to have known him. I will especially remember cheering at soccer games with him and the very close relationship he had with Jason and Jenny. May he Rest In Peace.
Joe Kehoe
May 16, 2021
All my sincere condolences to you, Barb, and your family, and to Ed and the entire Smith family. I wish you hope in the midst of sorrow, comfort in the midst of pain, and treasured memories to lift you up. With heartfelt sympathy and kindest thoughts.
Kristy (Popp) CriglerSouth Carolina
May 11, 2021
Was very sad to hear of Daves passing may God comfort his loved ones
Brad Peterson
May 7, 2021
I spent significant time running up and down the basketball court over the years with Dave while we were teammates on the varsity Bettendorf High School team in 71 & 72 and in the city leagues after our graduation. I remember Dave, Barb, Debbie and I celebrating at numerous pubs after many games and having a great times that we will never forget. Big Dave was always a fierce competitor and always a major force on clearing the boards. He always gave everything he had each and every game and always strived to work on his game so that he could help the team improve their results. These attributes of his character definitely carried over to his great success as an entrepreneur and real estate developer. Debbie and I will miss this kind, gentle and affectionate man and will always treasure the great times we had with Dave and Barb and their entire family. Rest in peace big Dave as you have created a legacy on earth that will never be forgotten!
Randy & Debbie Blake-North Carolina
May 7, 2021
Dan and Megan Fletcher
May 6, 2021
Many fond memories at all the fair ave. Summer parties prayers sent to the family from Dena and I
Scott Medd
May 4, 2021
Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Heaven has gained one mighty big angel. RIP Big Dave.
Barbara Bahrenburg Rock
May 3, 2021
Dear Barb and Family, I am writing to you from Naples,Florida, and wish to extend my condolences on Dave's passing. I knew Dave when he was a member of the Davenport Quarterback Club. You have my sincere sympathy.
Duncan J. Cameron
May 2, 2021
RIP Dave. Prayers and loving thoughts to Barb and family.
Bill Fox
May 2, 2021
Barb, Jen, Jason and the entire Smith clan we share your pain and will keep you all in your prayers. Sharing this journey and this fight has truly been an honor as has been knowing Dave for so many years and sharing tons of cherished memories. The courage Dave showed was a treasure to us all. So many want to hide away under similar circumstances. The photos of Dave´s smile over the past 11 months knowing what he was enduring, what you all were, and are enduring were empowering to say the very least. Every time I spoke with Dave he was gracious and verbally told me how thankful he was for each day he was given. We too were thankful for these days. He lived life to the fullest, fought this battle with a power that was amazing and it was a true honor to be able to call him friend. God Speed my friend and may you forever Rest In Peace.
Lisa and Tom Priester
May 2, 2021
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