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Mon, April 06

Obituary: Donald Tyler Smith

Donald Tyler Smith, 85, went home to be with the Lord on June 1, 2013. He was born Aug. 30, 1927, in Los Angeles, Calif.

Don served in the Navy from 1945 to 1952. After his service, he returned to Los Angeles where he became a union lather. He met Jean Alice Eckhart who he married in 1955.

In 1972, he moved his family to Prescott where he began working as a carpenter until retiring at age 62. In his retirement, he kept busy restoring Ford Mustangs and traveling with Jean in the RV. Don was an avid sports and racing fan. He also enjoyed watching the grandchildren's sports and activities, rarely missing an event.

Don is survived by his wife of 58 years, Jean; daughter Maree Lee Haynes of England; son Ron (Crystal) Smith of Chino Valley; grandchildren, Daniel, Katrina (Michael) Hixon, Kelly (Reed) Duvall; and great grandchildren, Tyler and Clayton Hixon.

Services will be private.

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