In Loving Memory of Daryl Dean Smith
January 21, 1931 – February 17, 2021
Last updated 3/9/2021 at 12:06pm
Daryl Dean Smith, 90, passed away on February 17, 2021. He was born January 21, 1931, in Studley, Kansas, and was one of eight children. Growing up on farms in Kansas helped him to develop a deep sense of self sufficiency, which influenced the whole of his life. After graduating from high school in 1949, he met his future wife, Rogene. He enlisted in the Navy in 1951 and was stationed on the USS Sicily, an aircraft carrier deployed in the Pacific during the Korean War. On July 6, 1953, he and Rogene were married. The couple moved to the Fountain Valley area in 1956 where they bought their first home in Security. They raised their two daughters there before moving south of Fountain in 1971.
Daryl was a loving and devoted husband and father, always making sure he provided well for his family. Upon arriving in Colorado, he worked for a construction company, eventually operating a large bulldozer for them. He then worked at Aircraft Mechanics in Colorado Springs for 10 years. Following that he worked for five years as foreman at West Turf Farms located south of Fountain. Due to his love of driving large machinery, he decided to become an Independent Hauler, hauling for excavation and asphalt companies in the Colorado Springs area for 33 years. He was well liked by his fellow truckers and created many memories over the years with them until he retired in 2008 at the age of 77. During his working career, he also started several family side businesses-selling fertilizer and soil amendments, selling Christmas trees and fireworks, and supplying bundled firewood to 7/11 stores. His last endeavor was building a large commercial greenhouse on his and Rogene's country property which suppled grocery stores with English cucumbers. Daryl was ingenious at solving all sorts of problems and created many a "thing-a-ma-jig" to make a job more efficient and easier.
He was tolerant of those around him, always ready to help in time of need, held himself to a high moral standard, and was a peacemaker. He enjoyed traveling with his wife, visiting all 50 states except Vermont. He also enjoyed being around family and friends, and he especially loved going out to eat breakfast.
He is survived by daughters Pam (Arvie) Fogle and Karen (Greg) DeBolt; five grandchildren, Raymond DeBolt, Erin (Brad) Corley Mendenhall, Jason (Amy) DeBolt, Carmen (Jackie) DeBolt Goforth, and Jerrod Corley; and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a brother, Gerald Smith of St. Petersburg, Florida, along with several nieces and nephews.
He has requested no services at this time. His ashes will be scattered in the future with his wife's, and a portion of their ashes will be inurned at the Pikes Peak National Cemetery.