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Donald Earl Smith

November 1, 1950 — February 17, 2024

Spring, Texas

Donald Earl Smith, a beloved Special Education Teacher with a passion for enriching the lives of others, passed away in Spring, Texas. Born in Port Arthur, Texas, in 1950, Donald led a remarkable life full of love, laughter, and dedication.

Throughout his career as a teacher, Donald touched the hearts of countless individuals with his kind and supportive nature. He was known not only for his professionalism but also for his sense of humor that never failed to bring joy to those around him. His commitment to his work and his students was unwavering, leaving a lasting impact on all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Outside of his professional life, Donald was a devoted family man who cherished every moment spent with his loved ones. He shared a deep bond with his wife, Noris Rodriguez Smith, and their child Robinson Rodriguez and his children: Amber, Aaron, Austin, and Andrew. His role as a dedicated husband and father was central to his identity, shaping him into the loving individual he was known to be.

Donald's interests were as diverse as they were fascinating. From fishing to gardening roses, exploring the great outdoors to indulging in geology and collecting rocks and fossils, he pursued his hobbies with enthusiasm and expertise. His extensive knowledge of history and politics added depth to conversations and revealed his intellectual curiosity.

Having served in the Marines and excelled in various aspects of his personal life, Donald leaves behind a legacy of love, laughter, and profound memories. He will be dearly missed by those who had the privilege of knowing him.

In this time of mourning, Donald is survived by his second wife Noris Rodriguez Smith; children Amber, Aaron, Austin, Andrew and step-son Robinson Rodriguez; grandchildren Ryleigh, Lilah, Lucy, Skyler, Elijah; brother Michael & Alida Smith; sister Barbara Patxot; nephew Michael & Angelica Smith Jr.; nephew Trey & Lori Bellaire; niece Angelica Patxot and former wife Patricia Herndon. Donald was preceded by parents Leo and Jimmie Catherine (Peoples) Smith, sister Cathy Bellaire, and grandchild Sage Willow Smith.

The impact Donald Earl Smith had on the lives he touched will continue to resonate for years to come. May he rest in peace knowing he was loved and cherished by many.

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