Don was a graduate of the University of Madison in 1975 with a master’s degree in Food Science. He worked for Garratt Callahan as a chemical engineer for most of his adult life and taught Power Engineering at the Northeast Wisconsin Technical College.
Always active with a love of learning and exploring; Don was involved in a wide variety of things from bomb building (mostly in his youth though he did occasionally make enough noise for the Coast Guard to come asking questions), boating (the proud owner of many vessels including the Chris Craft Commander he spent countless hours polishing the glass on), scuba diving (and winter season underwater hockey with the Neptune’s Nimrods Scuba Group), spelunking, fresh and saltwater fishing, collecting coins, rock hounding (which also led to lapidary work), and meeting new people (as he never met a stranger).
A special thanks to his sister Arlene and Joan (his ex-wife) for making it possible for Don to remain at home in his final years during his debilitating battle with Alzheimer’s and for the staff at Aspire in Kimberly Wisconsin for their loving care during his final months.
Per Don’s wishes there will not be a memorial service but, if you want to help, consider volunteering or donating to the Alzheimer’s Association at http://act.alz.org/goto/donsmith