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Don Smart

Don Smart

Friday, February 15th, 1929 - Friday, April 24th, 2020
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Obituary

Don Smart, 91, of Moline, IL, died Friday, April 24, 2020, at his home. Per Don’s wishes, there will be no services.  Cremation rites have been accorded and burial of the ashes will take place at a later date. Don was born in Moline on February 15, 1929, to Edward Smart and Theresa Boemar Smart. He married Barbara Leivens October 14, 1950. He later married Mary Fleming August 20, 1983. Don served in the Korean Conflict on the front lines, and was a member of the Korean War Veterans Association. Don was a carpenter and life member of Carpenters Union 166. He taught at the Carpenter school for 16 years, and was also Coordinator for three years. While he was a contractor, he built many homes in the Quad Cities and out-lying communities.  He was assistant professor at Black Hawk College, teaching prisoners at East Moline Correctional Center.  While living in Hawaii, he was a lecturer at Kapiolani College.  He also worked at Pearl Harbor. Don returned to Moline to be closer to his grandchildren who he dearly loved.  In addition to his wife, Mary, survivors include his children, Craig (Corlis) Smart, Beth (David) Packard, and Dana (Gary) Ralston; step-children, Joe (Marcella) Fleming, Rhonda (Veryl) Sullivan, and Richard (Deena) Fleming; six grandchildren, seven step-grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and eight step-great-grandchildren. Don was a very kind man who will be sadly missed.
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David and Margee Lievens

Posted at 12:00am
Our condolences to Mary and our 2 nieces, Beth and Dana and also to our nephew Craig. I’ve know Don since I was 8 yrs old when he first dared my sister Barb, who he eventually married.
Don and I built several houses together and he taught me how to be a good carpenter. Margee and I will miss his occasional phone calls, just to say hi and see how we were doing. He always liked us and we liked him very much. We will miss him a lot.
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Colleen Webb Watts

Posted at 12:00am
My sympathies to the family and loved ones. I have found memories of Don as being so kind and caring to others.
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Mary Kay Michalski

Posted at 12:00am
I was so sorry to see that Don passed away. Don was behind Jack's joining the Historical Society and the coffee group. Thinking of you, caring about you, and wishing strength and peace. Love, Mary Kay
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The Panicucci's

Posted at 12:00am
Mary and family, we are so saddened to lose Don. We considered him and you, Mary, to be our friends for the many years we have known you both. We will always remember Don's wit, smile and humorous personality. May God keep him safe in heaven and for eternity. Love, Arno and Vivian Panicucci
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curt Determanb

Posted at 12:00am
We at the Carpenter Training Center would like to express our sympathy to Don's family. We will miss his visits and donations of books and tools to our apprenticeship program. He was always teaching and absolutely loved his trade and union. He will be sorely missed! May he rest in peace.
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