David Franklin Smith, 79, of Payson, died, Aug. 9, 2001 in Mesa. He was born in Indianapolis, Ind. in 1921 and grew up in Tucson.
A Veteran of World War II and Korea, his tours of duty were in the Pacific. In 1946 he was assigned to the USS Albemarle that carried scientists and the disassembled atomic bomb to tests at the Bikini Atoll. He was an Arizona Highway Patrolman until moving to San Diego in 1959 where he worked many years with Rohr Corporation until his retirement in 1984 when he relocated in Payson. Between 1987 and 1988 he was Commander of Payson American Legion, Post No. 69 that began a much-needed construction project for the Post which extended the patriotic interest of the community. He was appointed several times to the Legion's National Security Commission. He served as a leader in Boy Scouts, Little League and Pop Warner activities.
Survivors include his wife, Dorothy Condron Smith of Payson; two sons, David of San Diego and Tim of Riverside, Calif.; one daughter, Sharon Shanahan of Modesto, Calif.; one brother, Joseph; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Monday, Aug. 13 at Veterans National Cemetery, Riverside, Calif.
Donations may be made to the American Legion Post 69, P.O. Box 895, Payson, AZ 85547.