Britton: Douglas J. Smith, 55, of Britton, died Wednesday, February 9, 2011, at Sanford USD Medical Center, Sioux Falls.
Doug was born September 15, 1955, to Gerald and Ramona (Aves) Smith at Aberdeen. He grew up in Aberdeen, graduating from Central High School in 1973. Following graduation, he went North to Alaska where he owned several restaurants over the next 10 years. He returned to South Dakota and operated The Cattleman's Restaurant and Lounge in Britton. He worked for Upper Plains Contracting for 5 years, then pursued his love of the food service industry, accepting a position with a wholesale food distributor. Doug excelled with Food Services of America for four years until his death.
On March 14, 1997, he married his best friend Vicky Haven at Britton. They remained constant companions for 14 years. Doug was a passionate gourmet who most enjoyed entertaining family and friends on his patio. He was an avid Chicago Bears and Cubs fan. He and Vicky often enjoyed games in Chicago, and several fun-filled trips to Arizona for Cubs Spring Training. Doug could golf for hours on end, and frequently spent an entire day at the course with his wife and friends.
Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Vicky Smith of Britton; his siblings, Ken (Char) Smith of Sioux Falls, Barb (Neil Peters) Dahme and Steve Smith, all of Britton; Jeri Smith of Nashanic Station, NJ, Mitch (Gloria Robideaux) Smith of Yankton, and Lynn (Randy) Carlson of Lake City; his parents, Gerald Smith and Ramona Pitkin of Britton; and a large extended family of nieces, nephews and great-nieces and
Doug was preceded in death by his grandparents and his beloved dog, Roscoe.
A celebration of Doug's life will begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Tyler's in Britton. Memorial service and luncheon will be held at the First Presbyterian Church in Britton beginning at 10:00 a.m. Monday.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the Aberdeen Area Humane Society in honor of Doug's compassion for all creatures great and small.
For obituary, online registry, please visit http://www.millerfh.com.