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David Smith

David Allen Smith

January 6, 1966 - July 23, 2020
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David was born in Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, but lived in Ypsilanti, Michigan until the age of 7 or 8 when his parents divorced and his mom moved them to Phenix City, Alabama.

His life there was a hard one. So when he was in his late teens, he moved to Tampa, Florida to live with his Uncle, who tried to get him sober. However, David’s life was not going too well though either, and one day he meet a girl from Colorado, and she convinced him to move her home, so he did.

Colorado started out rocky for him too, but David was given a chance to clean up his act by going to Harmony House or to Pueblo to the institution there. David choose Harmony House and began his road to recovery. David met some wonderful people along that journey whom he was forever grateful for.

After a year of recovery, David met and fell in love with his wife, Ellen, in 1996. At this time, David belonged to the Goldwing Touring Association Motorcycle Club, and had participated in the first ever, “Riding the Rockies Rally” where he won best 1000cc. One day, when David was riding his motorcycle to a club meeting, he stopped off at a Convenience Store where Ellen worked. David appeared to have been in a hurry, so he didn’t stop to talk to Ellen, but he always said he, “Liked what he saw.” David continued to go back to Ellen’s store, day after day, just to see and talk to her. On one of his “visits”, Ellen saw a pin on his vest that stated, “I’m up for adoption.” Ellen then asked David if she could adopt him and he asked, with a smile, if she could cook. Their first date was a walk down Boulder Canyon Trail, and they walked it again on their tenth wedding anniversary. This time it rained on them before they could get back to their car. They ended up totally drenched, however they had the best time.

Over the course of David’s life he had many jobs. One of his many jobs was working for Jay Medical, which then became Sunrise Medical Equipment. There he built wheelchairs, and even helped make Christopher Reeves’ second wheel chair. David also received a ‘Thank You’ letter form Christopher Reeves for all the work he put into the back of his wheelchair, which David was very proud of. David also worked for Chemical Weed Control, which transferred him to Texas. David loved working for them, however he developed asthma and was forced to move back to Colorado. Once in Colorado, he went to work for Triad Tool and Dye, as a CNC machinist, which he was really gifted at. After a short time, Ellen and David made the decision to move to Dunnellon, Florida, so Ellen could be closer to and take care of her father, and give David the ability to see his father, who lived in Tennessee, more often. While in Florida, David continued his CNC Machinist career with Turbine Broach, making turbines for airplanes.

After 2 years, David & Ellen moved back to Colorado where David found work at Nite Ize as a warehouse employee. David enjoyed that job where he was known by all as a prankster and all around comedian. He was always pulling practical jokes on everyone, you never knew when he was going to hit, but they all loved him.

In June of 2016, David lost his dad, whom was very important to him. Then in December of 2016, Ellen’s mom’s husband died, so she and David moved in with her. At this time, David started having seizures, and in the course of multiple doctor’s visits, they found out at some point that David had had a mild stroke. This stroke affected the part of David’s brain that does his thinking, but David fought through it. David’s mind continued to get worse, and it was hard for him to concentrated and process his thinking. So in January of 2018, David made the decision to leave his work family at Nite Ize, but they understood why he need to leave.

David had a love for the mountains, so I guess that’s why they kept moving back to Colorado. David was very passionate about his love for his Indian heritage, which led him to love the outdoors. He loved to fish and camp, and studying arrowheads and artifacts. David taught himself how to flint nap & make arrowheads the way the Indians did. David would create all kinds of knives, spurs, and arrows not to mention arrowheads.

Everyone who came to know David loved him. He was a kind and funny man with the best sense of humor. He could make anyone laugh. David was also a very trustworthy and loyal man who loved his family and friends. But most importantly, he loved his wife, Ellen.

“Your wings were ready, but my heart was not, so spread your wings and fly like that eagle in the sky, that you loved to watch, I love you with all my heart and soul and you will be sorely missed R.I.P.”
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