Train Enthusiast, David Smith, Passes Away at 55


The master of all trades – David Barrett Smith journeyed home to be with his mother and the Lord on Jan. 26, 2014.

David Smith
David Smith
David was born on May 22, 1958 to Virginia Ruth Pettit in San Angelo, Texas. He prided himself in growing up and being raised in Arkansas and was a proud alumnus of his beloved Texas A&M.

David was a generous and kind loving man, father, husband, grandfather, and friend to all he encountered. He was an extremely hard worker and a great master of all trades. His family loves to remember the great qualities and his incredible thirst of knowing everything. “I may not know anything, but I know everything” was his motto. And that is the absolute truth. He was perhaps the smartest man I have ever had the pleasure of meeting in my life. He truly brought light to anyone he encountered and may we all be better people for knowing a man of such great magnitude.

In his earthly life, David worked for Dell, Mircosoft, Qwest, and at the time of his passing was a foreman for Union Pacific Railroad. His knowledge and love for trains was his forte. Often taking his grandson, Aidyn, to the train station, suiting him up, and showing him how to run his operation. He was by far the very best grandfather that anyone could ever ask for.

What great and wonderful memories he has allowed all of us to experience.

“The Lord needed a special foreman today and so he took me home. He has given me the ultimate gift of seeing him and my mother again and now I reside in his gracious Kingdom.

I have had such a great journey with you on earth and have loved each one of you with every inch of my earthly life. I pray that you can all find peace with my passing and pray for my wonderful wife.

Deb Smith, my wife, my soul mate lets go to those concerts and sing. For the moment I saw you I knew you were the one that I would spend the rest of my life with and gave you that wedding ring.

I am resting in peace now my friends; please do not cry for me. You have a very special angel above watching over you for the Lord has set me free.”

David is survived by so many loved ones including his wife, soul mate and best friend, Debbie Smith; daughters, Elizabeth, Caitlin and Crystal; sons, Corey and Josh; brothers, Trip and Randy; sisters, Beverly and Melanie; and grandson, Aidyn.

David is preceded in death by his incredible mother that he loved with his entire soul, Virginia Ruth Pettit.

Services will be held at Burns Mortuary of Hermiston, 685 W. Hermiston Ave, on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m. Viewing will be held Tuesday, Feb. 4 between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Burns Mortuary of Hermiston is in care of arrangements.