He was born October 21, 1922, in Wallace, Idaho, to Leonard F. and Kathleen (McDonald) Smith. Micky was a “Burke Boy.” He grew up at Burke, Idaho, where his father was an operator at the Montana Power Company Substation. He graduated from Wallace High School in 1941 and in 1943 was drafted into military service in WWII. He served with the 10th Mountain Division of the U.S. Army until honorable discharge in 1945. He received citations and a Bronze Star for meritorious service in combat on the Italian front in the Po River Valley and Riva Ridge assault.
June 15, 1946, Don married a Burke schoolteacher, Donella Morton (of Wardner, Idaho) in Helena, Montana. They lived at Holter Dam, near Wolf Creek, where Don was employed as a lineman for the Montana Power Company. In 1962 the Smith family moved to Hot Springs where Don worked as a lineman for the Bonneville Power Administration until retiring in 1970. He was a self-employed electrician for many years thereafter. Don held journeyman lineman and journeyman electrician certification and licenses. He was a 70 year member of the IBEW. He was an avid outdoorsman and hunter and taught hunter education classes at Hot Springs for 35 years.
He is survived by his daughter, Merle Jaques (Jerry) of Couer d’ Alene, Idaho; two sons, Eric (Connie) of Kalispell, and Alex of Missoula; five grandchildren and three great-granddaughters. He was preceded in death by his parents; his brother, Lyle “Tuffy”; and his wife, Donella.
At his request no service will be held and his ashes will take residence high up on the mountain above his ranch at Thompson Falls, Singing Ninety pounds of rucksack, A pound of grub or two, He’ll shuss the Mountains like his daddy used to do…”