Don Louis Smith
Don Louis Smith, or Bubba, as most called him, went to be with the Lord on March 11, 2019. He was 66 years old and born in San Angelo, TX on July 22, 1952 to Eddie Lee Smith and Gladys Lilly Smith. Don grew up in Midland, TX and graduated from Midland High School in 1970. A few years later in 1974, he married the love …read more
Don Louis Smith, or Bubba, as most called him, went to be with the Lord on March 11, 2019. He was 66 years old and born in San Angelo, TX on July 22, 1952 to Eddie Lee Smith and Gladys Lilly Smith. Don grew up in Midland, TX and graduated from Midland High School in 1970. A few years later in 1974, he married the love of his life, Debbie Merritt. They shared an amazing 45 years of marriage together and had three wonderful sons, Andy, Wes, and Stacy. First and foremost, Don was a family man.
Don entered the oil and gas business with his father and brothers in the early 70’s. Smith Brothers Pipe was very important to him. He enjoyed every aspect of the family business, but his heart was truly blessed when his three sons joined him at Smith Brothers Pipe. Eventually Don was able to turn the business over to his boys and focus on his new found passion in raising and managing the wildlife at his Hard Rock Ranch in Fredonia, TX.
Don enjoyed hunting, shooting and golfing with friends, old Western movies, trips to Las Vegas, and most of all being with his family and granddaughter. He treasured being with his boys through many football games, baseball games, and various activities that they were involved in. He loved being at the lake during the summertime and at his ranch all the time. He will always be remembered for his generous personality and giving heart. Don’s greatest passion was his family and he especially enjoyed the time in his life when his name was changed to “Poppa Don” by his granddaughter, Sienna.
Don is survived by his loving wife, Debbie Smith and their three sons: Andy, his wife Kandace and their daughter Sienna of Fredonia, TX, Wes of Midland, TX, and Stacy and his wife Libby of Midland, TX. He is also survived by his older brother Danny Smith and his wife Connie of Midland, TX. He is preceded in death by his parents, Eddie Lee and Gladys Lilly Smith and his brother Rick Smith.
We will honor his life with a service at Greenwood Baptist Church, at 11:00am, on Thursday, March 14, 2019. A burial will immediately follow at Resthaven Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, a donation can be made to the Scottish Rites Children’s Hospital, as this was near and dear to Don’s heart.
Arrangements have been entrusted with Nalley-Pickle & Welch Funeral Home & Crematory in Midland. Online condolences may be made at www.npwelch.com.hide
Date: March 13, 2019
Time: 3/13/19 6:00 pm - 3/13/19 8:00 pm
Date: March 14, 2019
Time: 3/14/19 11:00 am
Greenwood Baptist Church
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