Dan Smith

Dan Smith, 66, of Motley,  passed away June 23, 2020 at his home. 

A private family service will be held a later date.

Dan was born April 6, 1954 in Bertha to Melvin and Lillian Smith. After high school graduation in 1972 he pursued diplomas/certificates in Tool Making, Mold Building, CNC and Robotics. Early in his career Dan worked for Mate Punch and Die but after meeting Terri he moved to Motley in 1989 and worked for McCourtney Plastics (McKechnie Tool), Hutchinson Technology, Ultra Tool, Starrett and finished his career at Donnelly Manufacturing.

Dan and Terri were married in Little Falls on November 30, 1991 and lived in Motley their entire marriage excluding three years in Hutchinson.

Dan loved hunting, fishing, gardening, trips to the casino, a good Bloody Mary, dogs (especially Cuddles, Sophie and grandpuppies Bubba and Cody) and road trips to “see where this road will take us”. He was an easy-going man with a kind heart and gentle soul. He always opened the car door for Terri which tugged at her heart each time. He would give you the shirt off his back. His laugh came from his toes. He was loved by all who knew him and he will be greatly missed.

Dan is survived by best friend and wife, Terri; Special Daughter and son-in-law, Traci (Brian) Johnson, bound not by blood but by love; three daughters, Barb, Becky and Andrea; mother, Lillian; two brothers LeRoy (Cyndi) and Rod Smith; brothers and sisters-in-law, Larry (Diane), Ken, Greg (Wendy), John (Radonna), Doug (Joelle) and Jeff (Jackie) Zylka and Marlene Mallinson and many nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by father Melvin; sister-in-law, Julie Zylka; brother-in-law, Roy Mallinson and niece, Nikki Smith.

A private burial will be held at a later date as husband and wife have chosen to be buried as one.

“Dan…You were my greatest gift in life. You took my heart with you when you left us….I will love you forever!!”...Terri Lynn.


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