David Lavon Smith passed from this life into heaven Sept. 25, 2017, while gathering barn wood for his next barn wood creation.
David was born April 22, 1940, in, Boise, Idaho, to Clair (Clarendon) and Muriel Smith. In 1947, he was baptized in Arling Hot Springs in the middle of winter. His early years were spent in Cascade, Donnelly and later in Boise and McCall, Idaho, graduating from high school in Grangeville, Idaho. He attended Boise Jr. College, graduating from the University of Idaho with his doctorate in education. His teaching and superintendent career included Idaho, Arizona, Oregon and Alaska.
He was an avid trapper and cured many hides for leather to use in his furniture. He crafted more than 100 beautiful pieces of barn wood furniture in his Clarkston, Wash., shop, embellishing the pieces with Western tack, antique auto parts and other themed vintage memorabilia. He gifted many to family and friends and sold other things through vendor shops and shows.
In his last days he helped his brother, Jonathan, in caring for his 101-½-year-old bedfast mother, in addition to keeping his craft alive. He loved to sing (a childhood gift of music his siblings all enjoyed together). It was not uncommon for him to burst into song and if asked how he was…” Awesome and getting better”, “Amazing Grace” was his response.
In addition to his mother, survivors include siblings, Joyce Wikoff (Billy), Joanne Ax (Robert), Jonathan Smith (Faviola), Susan Martin (Noel), Jolene Esparsen (Ray); children, Johna Chambers (Ed), Donya Makus (Loren), B. David (Melina), Jonathan (Dawn) and Sarah; many grandchildren and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Beth Smith (Rockwell).
Burial was Sept. 29, 2017, at the Asotin City Cemetery, Wash. – in his own handcrafted burial coffin.
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