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David Smith, Sr Memorial
David Smith, Sr Memorial

David Smith, Sr

David Smith, Sr

Monday, May 17th, 2021

David Paul Smith, Sr., 65, of Sedro-Woolley, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021 of heart failure.  Through the years, he maintained a positive attitude and was always available for his kids and grandkids whom he cherished dearly.  He was always in good spirits and fun to be around.  He had so many amazing stories he loved to share especially his beaming pride about his grandkids.  He made an impact on everyone that crossed his path.  David was born on June 13, 1955 to Leon and Adelaide in Churchs Ferry, North Dakota.  His graduating class had a total of 12 kids.  He stayed in touch with many of them throughout his life.  The way of life in this small town helped to mold his work ethic and character and was where he developed a strong foundation.  David was married to the love of his life, Carol Hedington on February 6, 1979.  They were together for two years before they married and this past February, they celebrated their 42nd Wedding Anniversary.  Their love of one another has been a guidepost for the entire family.  David enlisted in the Navy out of high school in July of 1973 and retired in February of 1994 as Chief Petty Officer.  He was in boot camp during Vietnam and was active duty during both Desert Storm and Desert Shield.  After his retirement from the Navy, he worked at International Aero.  The name was later changed to Volant and he worked there for over 20 years.  He developed many strong relationships throughout these years.  David spent his retirement years, making memories with Carol, his kids and grandkids.  After his family, his greatest joy was riding his motorcycle.  Every year David rode over North Cascade Highway to celebrate opening day of the pass.  He would religiously stand in line for coffee and cinnamon rolls from the same woman until her granddaughter took over the tradition.  He also enjoyed participating in Oyster Run.  He said he felt free with the wind on his face and the sun on his back.

David is survived by his wife, Carol Smith of Sedro-Wooley; sons, Michael Smith and his fiancé Lainee Docken of Tacoma and David Smith Jr. and his wife, Marsha Smith of Oak Harbor; daughters, Cristy Olson of Washington and Kimberly Smith of Sedro-Wooley; grandchildren, Christopher, Kevin, Kyle, Carter, Joshua, Jack, Hailey, McKinley, Michael Jr., Bryson, Camdyn, Dylan, David III, and Blake; siblings, Joann Henke, John Smith and wife, Jolaine, Bob Smith, and Ron Smith and wife, Connie; numerous cousins, nieces, and nephews.

David was preceded in death by his parents, Leon and Adelaide Smith; brother, Leon Smith; daughter, Carrie Smith; mother and father-in-law, Phillip and Mary Hedington.

The family would like to thank the entire staff at the Skagit Valley Hospital for their attention, loving care and for allowing Carol to spend many hours with him on his final day.  The loss of this amazing man leaves a hole in all of our hearts.  He will be truly missed.  May he forever have the wind on his face and the sun at his back.

There will be a Graveside Service held at 11:00, Saturday, July 10, 2021 at the Hawthorne Memorial Park, 1825 East College Way, Mount Vernon, WA, followed by a Celebration of David’s life at the family home, 705 Cultus Mountain Dr., Sedro-Woolley, WA.  The family would very much appreciate if you would share your memories of David and sign the online guest register.


  • Janet Morgan

    Carol, may you find peace and comfort in all your memories. I am sorry for your loss.

  • Kimberly, Bryson, Camdyn and Dylan your little tornado

    Daddy ! Bryson and I came to see you today! We all miss you so much ! You have been the most amazing dad and incredible grandpa (papa’s as Dylan will forever call you ) I’m not ready to go on without you! You have been more than just a father and grandfather! You have been a rock and a role model to everyone! Please watch out and keep my boys safe! We love you forever!

  • Fred Howie

    Rest in peace, my friend. Fair winds and following seas. Enjoy the ride on the golden highway forever with the wind in your face and the sun on your back. You will be forever missed.

  • Jackie Hanna

    I went to high school with David in Churchs Ferry. He always knew how to make us laugh. Will always remember cruising around town on weekends and seeing his 57 Chevy.

    My sympathies to his family – happy I got to reconnect with him on Facebook these last few years.

  • Darren Henke

    So saddened to hear this news. I have many great memories of uncle Dave. From our many summer vacations to North Dakota when I was a kid and he was a teenager, and being there when the taxi arrived to take my 18 year-old uncle off to navy boot camp. Then the many times he later visited us when he was home on leave, each time with a different cool car it seemed. I only regret not seeing more of him later in life and not yet meeting my cousins. Rest In Peace uncle Dave. 🙏

  • Edward and Nanci Hedington

    RIP Dave
    We have great memories of spending time with you over the years. I Remember when you taught us about a “cookie” being a donut, Playing cards and hanging out at our home as well as all of the camping trips. Thinking of you. You will be missed.

  • Marsha Smith

    I am so blessed to call you my father in law. You have been the best role model for your son and grandsons. I love you and already miss you so much!

  • Angela Hedington

    RIP Uncle Dave
    I have great memories of camping and spending time with you all, your yellow Pontiac was the best! You will be missed


    I worked with David at International Aero for may years. you will be missed so very much.

  • Sharon Spitali

    Carol and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Dave tought me so much when we worked together and he was a great mentor to many!
    He was so proud of his family especially his grandchildren and was always ready with pictures to show off. I am honored to have known him and had the privilege of calling him a friend.


    My condolences to the family.

    I went to grade school with David at Churchs Ferry.
    As one of 4 kids our age in town, I considered David a good friend, and I
    have been a guest in his parents kitchen many times.
    I was around his Dad at the lumberyard, always admired both of Davids parents.

    This caught me by surprise, and am very sad to hear about his passing.