David Alvin Smith, 66 years of age and a resident of Pacific Beach, Wash., died at his home on January 26, 2014. He was born on September 26, 1947, in Shelton, Washington to Albert George Smith and Zetha Pulsifer and has ten brothers and sisters.
David attended school in Shelton and graduated Shelton High School. Following his graduation he worked for Simpson Timber Company until he entered the US Army on February 14, 1968. He served in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Army Commendation with V Device. He was honorably discharged on February 13, 1970.
He came back to the Shelton area and returned to work at the Simpson Timber Company and then he began working for the Department of Social and Health Services with the State of Washington. He next became a self employed commercial fisherman and was last employed as an equipment operator for the Port Blakely Tree Farm until retiring in 2002.
Dave’s hobbies include baseball, golf, going to auctions and estate sales, smoking fish, clam digging, hunting and taking weekend drives.
David is survived by; his sisters, Geneva Underwood, Lori Smith, Verdi McCloud all of Taholah and Josephine Rabuck of Olympia; his brothers, Albert M. Smith, Jacob E. Smith, William Smith, Daniel C. Cush, Jr. all of Shelton, Lloyd A. Smith, Sr. of La Push and Albert G. Smith, Jr. of Taholah. He was preceded in death by his mother, Zetha Cush, his “Gram”, Louise Pulsifer, his parents, Al and Hazel Smith; his step-father, Dan Cush, Sr.; his sister, Susan Smith; his niece, Jody Smith and his nephew, Lloyd Smith, Jr.
A private family memorial service will be held Monday at Coleman Mortuary Chapel and a Celebration of His Life will be held at 2:00 pm, Monday, February 3, 2014, at the Community Center in Taholah. Inurnment with military honors will be at the Sunset Memorial Park in Hoquiam.
Direction is by the Coleman Mortuary, 422 – 5th Street in Hoquiam.
Please take a few moments to record your thoughts for the family by signing the on-line register at www.colemanmortuary.net.