He was born in Philadelphia on February 16, 1922, the son of Donald J. and Eleanor Scattergood Smith, the eldest of six children. The family resided for several years in Bermuda, then in Baltimore, Upper Montclair, N.J., and San Clemente, Calif. He was a graduate of McDonough School in suburban Baltimore, class of 1940.
Don attended UCLA before being drafted into the Army during the waning days of World War II. Following the death of his first wife June M. Dodd Smith in 1946, he relocated to Roland Park in Baltimore, where he married his second wife Marion V. C. Steuart Smith in 1947. He completed his college education in 1954, receiving a B.S. in business and accounting from the McCoy College of Johns Hopkins University. He was a life member of the Beta Theta Pi and Alpha Kappa PSI fraternities and retired in 1986 as a computer systems analyst with the State of Maryland Department of Personnel.
Variously known to his friends and peers as “Donald,” “Don,” “Scattergood” and “Scat,” he was an avid fisherman, a lover of grand opera and a hobby photographer throughout the majority of his life. He and wife Marion were also fixtures on the Baltimore amateur theater scene, participating in numerous productions of virtually all of Gilbert and Sullivan’s various comic operas during a period spanning the late 1950s through the mid-1970s. Don served a term as president of the Baltimore Comic Opera Company during this time.
As a lifelong Episcopalian, Don was an active member of St. David’s Church in Baltimore, and of The Church of The Redeemer in Sarasota, Fla. following his retirement. He was most recently a member of St. Michael and All Angels Church in Middletown, and All Saints Episcopal Church in Hershey after he and Marion were relocated to Pennsylvania.
He was preceded in death by his first wife June, two sisters Patricia E. Smith and Barbara Ann Eschman, and by Marion, his second wife of 61 years.
He is survived by two sisters Irene S. Northrup of Rockford, Ill., and Phyllis S. Mumford of Tustin, Calif.; a brother Col. (USA, Ret.) David H. Smith, of Miami, Fla..; three sons CW4 (ARNG, Ret.) Lawrence D. Smith, husband of Janet, of Middletown; James M. Smith of Van Nuys, Calif.; W.C. Steuart Smith of Falls Church, Va.; three grandchildren: Maj. (USAF) Ian D. Smith, husband of Karen, son of Lawrence and Janet; Megan L. Smith, daughter of Lawrence and Janet; and Sarah Cole Smith, daughter of Steuart; one great-grandchild A. Matthew Cowden Smith, son of Ian and Karen; and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, April 26 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 310 Elm Ave., Hershey, with the Rev. Susan Claytor officiating.
Family visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 25, at the Frank E. Matinchek and Daughter Funeral Home, 260 E. Main St., Middletown and from 10 a.m. until time of service on Friday.
In lieu of flowers and in appreciation for the compassionate and loving care received by Don for the more than 11 years that he was a resident at Country Meadows, memorial contributions may be made to Country Meadows Co-Worker Foundation, 830 Cherry Drive, Hershey, PA 17033.
Condolences may be shared at www.matinchekanddaughterfuneralhome.com.