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Donald W. Smith, Jr.

Born: Wed., Jan. 15, 1958
Died: Fri., Dec. 4, 2015


9:00 AM to 11:30 AM, Sat., Dec. 12, 2015
Location: Linglestown Church of God

Memorial Service

12:00 PM Sat., Dec. 12, 2015
Location: Linglestown Church of God

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On Friday, December 4, 2015, and after a 5 year valiant battle with cancer, Don Smith, Jr., Middle Paxton Township, answered his final call when the Lord summoned him to heaven to account for his actions here on earth. (Romans 14:22)
Born January 15, 1958 in Harrisburg, he was the son of the late Donald W. and Nancy S. (Shunk) Smith and was a 1975 graduate of Central Dauphin East High School.  He furthered his studies, receiving his Bachelors in Criminal Justice from Alvernia College and his Master’s degree from Temple University.
Surviving is his compassionate, caring and loving wife of 35 years, Sonnie (Kuntz) Smith; two sons, Bob (and his wife, Carrie) Smith, Middle Paxton Township and AJ (and his wife, Hannah) Smith, Camp Hill; 2 younger sisters, Vivian Stover, Bethlehem and Tammy (and her husband, Ross) Schell, Colonial Park; and his beloved grandchildren, Logan and Lillian and expected grandson, Reid.  He is also survived by many in-laws, nieces and nephews, and numerous friends and co-workers, all of whom will miss him greatly.
Don had a long public service career as both a paid and volunteer responder.  In junior high, he started ride-a-longs on the ambulance with his neighbor and mentor, Bob McAfee.  On his 16th birthday he officially joined Reliance Hose Company of Rutherford and so began his over 40 year history of volunteer service.  Don was one of the first three EMTs at Rutherford Fire Company.  He later moved to Paxtang Fire Company where he served as an officer and later obtained life membership.  Don served as a per diem EMT at Susquehanna Township EMS and was a past Chief and Life Member of the Dauphin-Middle Paxton Ambulance Association.  He spent many evenings training local fire and EMS agencies and had a passion for preparing for larger scale events.
While he was an 18 year old college student, Chief Robert Ruddy of the Paxtang Police Department saw something in him and hired him as a part-time police officer.  Don remained at Paxtang while finishing his undergraduate degree and then completed the 29th Municipal Police Class at the Hershey PSP Academy.  Upon graduation, he was hired full time by Susquehanna Township Police Department where he had an exemplary career specializing in vehicle code and accident investigation.  Don taught pre-service and in-service cases for many years for both HACC and IUP and served on curriculum committees for MPEOTC.
After retiring from police work, he made a move to education and taught high school at Dauphin County Technical School, where he served as a Dean of Students, Assistant Principal and later District Administrator.
In 2008, Don decided to merge his careers and joined the Center of Safe Schools, where his expertise was utilized by scores of school districts across Pennsylvania to improve safety plans and response procedures.
Throughout his careers, Don received many awards and commendations and was even known to return a few.  But his greatest appreciation was for the cards and phone calls personally thanking him for his service.
His life will be celebrated at 12:00 pm Saturday, December 12, 2015 at his church, Linglestown Church of God, 5834 Linglestown Road, Linglestown, 17112 with Rev. Barry Stahl, his pastor, officiating.  The family will be receiving friends from 9:00 am until 11:30 am Saturday at the church.  Burial will be in Miller’s Cemetery, Middle Paxton Township.
In lieu of flowers, his family requests that contributions in his memory be made to Homeland Hospice, 2300 Vartan Way, Suite 115, Harrisburg, 17110 or to Paxtang Fire Company, 3423 Derry Street, Harrisburg, 17111.
Don’s family gratefully acknowledges the outstanding care received from Andrews and Patel, especially the East Shore office oncology nurses.  A special thanks to good friend Jim Fisher, who was Don’s “chemo buddy” and driver over the past years.
Kimmel Funeral Home, Harrisburg, is handling arrangements.

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Denny and Carol Pletz
   Posted Sat December 05, 2015
Don was a good friend and will be greatly missed. Our deepest condolences to the family, you are in our prayers . If there is anything I can do please do not hesitate to call. Unfortunately I will be out of the area on Saturday and will not be able to attend the service.

Jason Cupp
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
My prayers and deepest sympathy to the Smith family. Mr. Smith was my Law Enforcement teacher in high school and was a dear friend to my family. I truly owe him for helping mold me into the man I am today, and am truly honored I got to have him teach me about one of the things he was very passionate about in life. He will truly be missed. God bless.

Justin Spaulding
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
Don was my Vehicle Code instructor when I was in the Police Academy. One heck of a nice guy. I will never forget him. We lost a great man.
God Bless.

Bob and Jean Merritt
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
Sonny and Family,
So sad to hear of the news. We did not know Don had been ill. Prayers and thoughts are with all of you at this very difficult time.
Sincerely, Bob and Jean Merritt

Kristian Bohr
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
My deepest sympathy goes to his family. Mr. Smith was one of the greatest people I ever got to know. He was also an amazing teacher. He will be greatly missed. Rest in Peace.

Chris Dolbin-Miller
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
Don you will be missed by so many; you touched the lives of so many students, teachers and friends. I will remember you as one of the best administrators we had at Susquenita High School. Your level-head kept us going in the right direction and you always greeted your staff with a smile. Thanks for stopping in to see me last year...and yes, I'm still teaching Beowulf!
Thoughts and prayers to your family.

Bianca Catina-Miller
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
Mr Smith was a great man, I was a student at dauphin county tech and had the privilege to meet him and know him for a short time. My deepest condolences to the family, prayers for you all during this time.

Lisa Mannix-Nash
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
My deepest sympathies for your family during this time. Thoughts and prayers for all.

Sharon sheaffer
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
Sonny I'm so sorry for your lost may God be with you and family members at this time and need. God Bless if you need anything please call me!

Andrea L Butler
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
Don was one of the best thoughtful and he cared about our children may he be angel from the sky may God's blessing comfort you in this sorrowful time God Bless you

Phil Mosser
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
My deepest sympathy for your loss, Don was a great guy and clearly dedicated to his community. I fought fire with him at Paxtang a long time ago, never had to worry about my back when he was on the crew.

Peggy Neiswender
   Posted Sun December 06, 2015
I was a dispatcher at Dauphin County when I first met Don. Nicest Police officer. Tried to keep in touch. Will miss him and his traffic stops. Take care Sonnie. Will pray for you and your family.24

Yvonne Washney
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
My deepest sympathies to the family. Mr. Donald Smith was an amazing instructor, and person. He always cultivated us as students to grow into something more. I am very glad I had the chance to get to know him and will forever keep his lessons dear to my heart. Rest in Peace and God Bless.

Beth Clokey
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
I am sorry for your loss. Mr. Smith was my Law Enforcement instructor at Dauphin County Technical School. He was a wonderful person and teacher. He will be greatly missed.

Jerry Kline
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
I am so sorry to hear about Don, I attended many of his classes with Safe Schools. He was one of the GREATEST instructors I have ever had. He was not only an instructor but became a very close friend.
As Facality Coordinator of the Lincoln intermediate Unit I want to say He was a Great insperation to us all.

Lisa Harman
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
Sending my sympathy. I worked with Don for years at DCTS. I always appreciated his support in dealing with students and school happenings. He brought to situations practical solutions, realism, a sense of humor, and caring. He touched many lives,and was appreciated by all who knew him.

Chris Brown Fanning
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
Sending my deepest sympathies to the Smith family. I was one of Mr. Smith’s students at DCTS, he was a great instructor. He molded and shaped each one of his students in some way. I will never forget how he was in class and all the things he taught me. RIP Mr. Smith!

Merv & Debbie Gardner
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
Sonnie and Family,

May God Bless your family in this time of sorrow. Our prayers are with you.

Megan Bair-Krepps
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
My thoughts and prayers go out to the entire Smith family. May God bring you comfort during this difficult time.

Jim Carson
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
What an awesome guy that I had the privilege to work with for a few years at DCTS. You will be deeply missed. Thoughts and prayers for Don's family. God bless, Jim Carson

Ken,Sandy,Amanda,Nicholas Zimmerman
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
Our deepest sympathies for your family during this time. Thoughts and prayers for all.

John Rowe, III
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
This man was my mentor and if I have an idol in the Emergency Services... it is definitely him as well. He instructed me in the Police Academy and to this day, I try my hardest to emulate him in the classrooms I teach in... big shoes to fill! I had the privilege to work along side of him as a Police Officer, Firefighter and EMT... what an amazing man. He gave all of himself to serve others, unselfishly, for too many years. Rest now my brother, we have the watch from here. Sonny, Bobby, AJ you need feel nothing but pride when you reflect on your husband and father. He will forever be respected and remembered as absolutely one of the best of the best in the Emergency Services. I will always remember our last breakfast together, a few weeks ago, as a moment where I enjoyed his wit and recollection of days gone by. Even in his obvious pain and physical struggle, his demeanor was positive and he enjoyed the comradery of his brother firefighters.

Ann DeAngelis Refford
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
I am so very sorry to hear of Don's passing. I worked with him at Dauphin County Technical School and he always had a calm and reassuring manner about him. I felt he always not only heard, but *listened* when someone came to him for advice or a difficult situation. He was nothing but friendly, approachable, and with a wonderful sense of humor. I was sad to hear he was leaving DCTech, but glad he was moving on to help others (which was what he was all about). God bless his memory and my deepest sympathies to his wife and children and all who knew and loved him. He touched so many in his life, the world was made a better place because of Don. I am honored to have known him, if only for a brief time. Heaven is quite lucky to have him; he will make sure all runs smoothly up there :)
Rest in Peace, Don.

Dave Spotts
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
On behalf of the Lower Paxton Township Police Department, please accept our condolences on the loss of Don. Throughout his career, he was a great asset to the area's law enforcement and emergency responder communities. On a personal note, I knew Don for over 30 years and worked with him directly on multiple projects. Don was a good man who will be missed.

Kaye Harrold
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
When Don was Assistant Principal at Susquenita High School for a time, I had the great privilege of working with him. Don always had a positive outlook, no matter the circumstance, and he encouraged and inspired kids to do their best. He will truly and sadly be missed. My prayers go out to the family.

Keri Nace
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
A million years ago, I went through EMT class with Don as one of my instructors. He was absolutely my favorite of the group (Sorry Papa Ray, Marsha, Denny, Elliot, Bob, Sam & Chris). There was just something about him that drew you in & made you WANT to learn.

Don had this amazing passion for the emergency services. He was constantly learning to be all that he could be & provide the very best care to every patient. As the years went by, I still saw Don from time to time in his roles with STEMS, DCVT, Susquenita, & The Center of Safe Schools. He continued to be an amazing, intelligent, compassionate, funny & truly genuine guy. He always had a moment for anyone that asked & would help anyone in need. He was absolutely one of the best.

Don, you're fight is done. We've got it from here. Keep an eye on all of us. You will be missed.

To the entire Smith family, you are in my thoughts & prayers. Sending you love, luck & light in this difficult time. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful man with us.

Linda Bair
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
I am very sorry for your loss. I pray that God will give you peace and comfort at this time, and continue to do so in the days ahead.

harry and julie stare
   Posted Mon December 07, 2015
Dearest Sonnie, children, vivian and tammy extending our condolences and praying for peace in your lives. Donny is no longer suffering, be at peace with that thought. Sincerly, stare family and ol neighbors.

rebecca lavoie
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
he was a good dean its a shame to see him go will be missed by me he was always outgoing and loved to help his students at dcts r.i.p mr smith

Wayne Snyder
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
Sorry to hear of Don's passing. I got to know him many years ago in jr/sr high school when we were always in same homeroom together and sat near each other because our last names were so close in alphabetical order. Proud to know him then and see the man he grew to be. May God remind us all thru Don's example and memory how to live a life of service and love for others. The streets of heaven are safer now...thanks Don

Mark Jones
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
Honor and Respect for a man of great wisdom and character. Love and Prayers to his wonderful family. Stay strong in your Faith.

Tom Kilcoyne
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
Dear Sonnie & Family,

I wish to express my sincere condolences to all of you. I remember Don as an intelligent, friendly student at CD East HS in 1974-75. I saw him occasionally in his police uniform at the CD Administration Building when you worked there. I haven't seen you or Don in many years but I remember both of you as very personable, hardworking people. Don's obituary and tributes shared by former students and coworkers indicate he has been an outstanding servant to young and old alike. May you always be blessed with pleasant memories of happy family times. I will keep all of you in my prayers.

Beth Anne Bahn
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
While heaven has gained an angel, there is now a hole here on earth that will be tough to fill. I had the pleasure of working with Don for multiple years through the Center for Safe Schools on a variety of projects. We picked on each other as if we were siblings. Keeping all of you in my prayers!

Ellie Stoehr
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
My condolences to the family, friends, and colleagues of Don Smith. Over the past many years, I have relied on his skills and expertise to enhance the safety plans of the district in which I work. I will miss his clear directions, practical advice, and sense of humor.

Kathy Bound- Sch IU 29
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
I am so sorry to hear about Don, I attended many of his classes with Safe Schools. He was one of the GREATEST instructors I have ever had. He was not only an instructor but became a very close friend. He will be missed.
My thoughts and prayers go out to his family at this time. God Bless you.

Amy Morton
   Posted Tue December 08, 2015
Don was great! Memories of his energetic and enthusiastic lessons in the NIMS courses always make me smile. May your memories of such a fine man sustain you during this sad and difficult time.

Fern Sardegna
   Posted Wed December 09, 2015
What a great loss. Don helped me prepare plans for the York City School District. He was always there when you needed help. You could see his compassion for what he was doing. My deepest condolences and prayers go out to the family during this most difficult time. God Bless.

Giff Briner
   Posted Wed December 09, 2015
Donnie was one of my favorite cousins. He will not be forgotten as long as I live. Giff

Brenda dixon burtner
   Posted Fri December 11, 2015
My prayers are with your family. May you rest in peace.

Tim Lamprey
   Posted Fri December 11, 2015
I am so sorry to hear of the passing of Don! I have many fond memories of working with him at the PSTC at HACC. If it involved the Pa. Vehicle Code or Accident Investigation, he was the best! He was a true gentleman and one of the best LEO's I had the benefit of knowing! My condolences to his family and RIP Brother Don!

Terry Searight
   Posted Fri December 11, 2015
To the family,
Ido not know where to start with such a special person. I met Don a long time ago through the police dept,my father hired don in SUS TWP police and at the point a very wise choice because of the way presented himself. There are so many things to say about a man that cannot be replaced. I will leave it at this. Don, we love you and we will miss you but the man above has a new calling for you: the number one police officer or emergency responder in Heaven. Good luck in your new position and you are very well deserving of it. Your a great person and friend and I will miss so much. GOD BLESS and keep and eye on all of us down here.

Mayor Terry Searight And Family
Dauphin Boro

Tracey Hanwell
   Posted Sat December 12, 2015
Sonnie, I am so deeply sad to hear that we lost Don. He was a truly kind and generous person, not a fake at all. He was an important asset to our community. I know that no one human being is irreplaceable, but it sure seems like Don is.

Steve and Kim Alcorn
   Posted Sat December 12, 2015
Smith Family-Please accept our deepest condolences. We enjoyed camping with you guys and I'm proud to say that Don was an instructor of mine who became a friend of mine. I am proud to have served in the same circle that he did and our lives are better for knowing him. God Bless!

Becky Downing
   Posted Mon December 14, 2015
I knew Don as a fellow police instructor at HACC. He was always cheerful and happy to be there!. You have our deep sympathies.

Barbara Wilkinson
   Posted Thu February 11, 2016
A man wearing many hats! He was very knowledgeable about Safe Schools. He was instrumental to many school districts! So sorry to hear of his passing.

Marianne E. Corl
Supervisor/Funeral Director

George R. Moad
Funeral Director (Dec.)

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