Donald “Don” Gene Smith, age 68, of Nevada, MO, passed away Friday, November 5, 2021, in Nevada, MO. He was born May 16, 1953, in Kansas City, MO to Eugene William and Evelyn Louise (Parks) Smith. He was baptized at Austin Baptist Church in Austin, MO, was a high school graduate and worked as an over the road truckdriver. He was also an artist and loved to ride motorcycles, drive fast cars, go fishing, watching NASCAR races and playing with his dog, Tobe.
Don is survived by two daughters, Christina (Aaron) Houdashelt, Raymore, MO and Ashley DeSpain, Nevada, MO; grandchildren Taylor Stutes, Kennedy Stutes-Noble, Ian Stutes, Felicity DeSpain and Thomas Bousfield; stepchildren Angela Green, Andrea Woodruff and Christopher King; step-grandchildren, Corrigan True, Aiden Tumbleson, and Jordan Green; one brother Dennis Smith, Nevada, MO; three nephews, Joshua Wiley, Robert (Deidre) Smith and Joseph Smith; great nieces and nephews, Mycole, Malaki, Liliana, and Neziah; a brother at heart, Donald and Tonya Herbst and their children, Trustin Herbst, Brianna Herbst, Makayla Geer, and Kaitlynn Herbst; two sisters at heart Audrey and May Clinton;
Preceding him in death were his parents; a brother Kenneth Smith; a sister and her husband Barbara and Robert Wiley; his best friends, Randall Ashley, Mark Clinton, Ray Clinton and Christy Johnson.
There will be a private family service.
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