Committal Service and Interment:

3/24/2011 11:30 am, Fort Logan National Cemetery with military honors, Staging Area B.

Delbert Martin Smith

Born:
January 22, 1956 :: Steward, Alaska
Passed Away:
March 17, 2011 :: Denver, Colorado
     

Delbert M. Smith, 55, a Westminster, CO resident; formerly of Twin Falls, ID, died on March 17, 2011 at The Denver Hospice in Denver, CO.

Del was born on Jan. 22, 1956 the younger twin of David who arrived on the 20th to James F. (Smitly) and Geraldine G. Smith in Seward, Alaska.

Besides his brothers, his children, 2 wives and grandchildren, Del is survived by many nieces and nephews; one cousin, Randy Cantrell of NV; 4 sisters-in-law; D Barry, FL; Lana Leedom, Minnie Holloway, and LaDona Molsee of ID and many dear friends; in their arms, he joins his parents and grandparents in passing.

He attended school in Twin Falls, Idaho where he was active in choir; he also sang in church choir. He was in the South Park Boy Scout Troop # 144 from 1964-’72 having his Pop as “Scout Master” and mom as “Den Mother”. The “Hall” on their property held many fun parties and dances, the friendships there became a family of brothers who have stood by each other all their lives. Delbert worked for The Times News delivering newspapers as a youngster and in High School worked as a dishwasher/cook for Kay’s Supper Club.

During senior year, Del enlisted in the U.S Navy on the “Buddy Program” with his Step-brother Dave Barry in 1973. Del was on the USS Camden (AOE-2), stationed at Bremerton, WA. He was a boiler operator, MM3, E4. Ladies at port were undoubtedly impressed by Delbert’s suave style; charisma, his sailor’s songs and generosity. He sang with 4 octave ranges and his stage presence, uniquely Delbert, became well known through Idaho, Northern Nevada and Denver after his U.S Navy tour. His various bands played the circuit during the 80’s. Del moved his family to Arvada, CO to be closer to his twin, David, who was the drummer of many of Del’s bands; a combination which drove us to dance and lose ourselves in pure Rock-n-Roll energy.

Del attained a formal education, started at the College of Southern Idaho on the G.I Bill; working at Scotts Air Conditioning & Refrigeration and Longview Fiber Company; where he got an Associate’s Degree, going on to a lifetime of education at various colleges in the Denver area with a degree in HVAC Engineering. He worked for Lutheran Medical Center and Brighton School District as well as various other companies. His education ended in WPB, FL where he studied for a short time living with family, D and Dave Barry. Delbert’s hugs will be deeply missed by all.

At the age of 23, Delbert joined his life with Lora E. Bates on June 18, 1979 in a Native American Ceremony. Their two sons; Nicholas James Bates and Thomas Shane Smith cared for their dad in their Westminster home close to the end. He also had a step daughter whom he helped raise from 9 months; Stephanie RiAnne Bates (Darron) Moore and granddaughter, September Ellen –Marie Moore. They divorced in 1989, later rejoining from 1998-2000 in Lochbuie and Hudson, CO. Del married Levita Hardin, enlarging his family with her two children, Amy (Dominic) and Brandon and four more grandchildren in Feb. 2001, they separated in 2006, divorcing 2010.

His family wishes to express our heartfelt gratitude to the many men and women who helped navigate him through his last rough seas. The kindness and care giving of The Denver Hospice and the VA Doctors and Staff members of CO, FL, ID and TX. Thank you so much.

Posted by All Veterans Funeral & Cremation.

 

7 Responses to Delbert Martin Smith

  1. Cathy Jensen Voss says:

    Delbert, I am so sorry that you have left this earth so quickly. You were a very special part of my teen years and later as an adult.You will always have a very special place in my heart forever. I will truly miss you. I send my deepest sympathy for your family, I am sure they are feeling your loss deeply. Say hello to your dad for me. Your spirit lives on. I love you still.

  2. bud cantu says:

    The long sweet song of friendship cannot be changed by a sour note or two. So long buddy! See you later, de ja vous are all over the place.

  3. Levita Smith says:

    You were the absolute love of my life and I miss you dearly! I will be forever grateful for the last three months we spent together. I will cherish that time close to my heart. I will miss the laughter the most. I know that you are in heaven now looking down on us, our life has been truly blessed because you were part of it. Nick and Thomas….my heart goes out to both of you. Your dad loved you more than you will ever know. You are both so very lucky to have such a great dad. I know that he will be proud of you two always! You will forever be in my heart Del! Loving you always, Levita

  4. Sheri (VonWeller) McDougall says:

    We are so very sorry to hear of Delbert’s passing. He was a good man and a very good friend. The pictures bring back some great memories. Our deepest sympathy to the family. God Bless you.

  5. Stephanie Moore (Step-Daughter) says:

    I can’t express the loss we feel in loosing such a spirited, fun loving, musical, devoted father. It consoles us to know he is in heaven free of pain, doing the things he loved to do, waiting for us to join him when our time comes! We also thank each and everyone one of you who showed love and caring for our dad. We will miss him dearly, but know that our burdens are easy because God is carrying us and you too! God bless and love. With Deepest Sympathy Love, Stephanie

  6. Lora E. Bates says:

    My words can not express the gratitude I feel for the life we shared these 32 years of the best friendship ever, love unequaled, and for being my husband in our married life. Del you still take my breath away, always did, always wil. God speed! To Stephanie, Nicholas and Thomas; and to September. I sorta know what you’re feeling and your pain is mine. My deepest condolences in the loss of your dad & papa Del, he was a man amoung men and he loves you beyond measure still. Remember he fought a great fight and has come out the other side the victor.He has joined the universe and is just awaiting your voice, in speaking his name, he will be near you. Keep smiling! Bye for now with all my love. Laaf, Mama

  7. Susan and Ron (Lobo) Owens says:

    You will be missed Stephen Wolfe will never be the same without you! Your family will be loved and taken care of..your spirit will always walk with me -Rest in Peace Del, enjoy being in your moms arms and countless fishing with Pop, See you soon.

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