Donald J. Smith


Donald J. Smith 73, passed away on January 31, 2021 at St. Peters Hospital in Albany. He had been a resident of the Capital District for over 35 years, recently of Town of Amsterdam, NY at his home of 15 years. Born in Dolgeville, NY on December 20, 1947 to Donald Smith and June Towne, Donald was an all star athlete in his high school years. He enjoyed baseball, football and basketball. He was an avid NY Yankees fan and never missed a game.

Upon graduation from high school Donald entered the US Army and was assigned to Berlin, Germany where he spent a number of years at the Berlin Wall. After his return from Germany he returned to his home town where he entered The Utica School of Commerce and obtained his degree in accounting. He became employed at The State University of New York in Albany as an account manager where he remained in this position for 32 years until retirement. Donald also re-entered the Army Reserves closing out his military career with 22 years of service.

Donald was a loving father and devoted husband and was liked by everyone. He was always looking to help someone in need. He enjoyed travel, sports, his motorcycle and beautiful summer evenings.

Donald leaves behind his wife of 30 years Susan Warner Smith, sons Michael Smith and Jaime Smith; stepsons, Jason Leslie and Justin Leslie; six grandchildren Emma, Anna, Mia, Trent, Blake and the youngest Christian, brother David Smith; sister Jacqueline Rachon; and nephews Russell Florian and Shea Smith. He will be forever missed.

Relatives and friends are invited to calling hours on Sunday, February 7 from 2pm to 4pm at Armer Funeral Home, Inc., 39 East High Street, Ballston Spa. Funeral services will be private. Donald will be laid to rest with military honors in the Gerald BH Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery, Duell Road, Schuylerville.

Memorial contributions in memory of Donald may be made to the Montgomery County SPCA, PO Box 484, Amsterdam, NY 12010.

Guest Book

Steve Warner

I will miss you my friend and all the good advice you gave me, [which I always didn't do] you were a wonderful brother-in- law. Glad I got to tell you that I loved you before you left us. RIP MY FRIEND

Brian Foster

To Don’s family,
I am saddened to hear about Don’s passing. I knew Donnie growing up in Dolgeville. He and his family used to come to my mother’s restaurant to eat. I also remember Don and his brother David as star athletes in high school. Years later, I had the pleasure of serving with Don in the Army Reserves at the 364th Field Hospital in Albany. He was a model soldier and we used to occasionally catch up on happenings from Dolgeville. May you be comforted by happy memories and may Don rest in piece.

A Friend

I can still hear the "let's goooo", and "hold up. Hollllld uuuuuuuuip"!
Don was the voice of common sense. He was grumpy and acted miserable most of the time. That was Don as I saw him. The more I knew him, the more I noticed, that his acting miserable was just his cover for doing the right thing for others. He cared more about everyone else's well being than his own. He was I kind hearted man. An honest man. If you said something stupid enough, he'd let you know! God rest your soul Don. Gonna miss you man.

Halle, Stella and Bob (Our Furry Felines)

Dear Daddy

We don’t understand why you have gone to heaven.
Halle sleeps in your chair every day and in your spot next to mommy at night. We miss you feeding us every morning and petting us through the day. We are thankful you chose us to come into your home. We have a good life and please know mommy will take good care of us now that you are in heaven. We will miss you.

Love, Halle aka Shortcake, Stella aka Fluffy and Bob aka Tapper. Rest In Peace

Bruce T. Lyon

I have known and respected Donald (Don) for most of his life. A wonderful always smiling man he was. Have not seen him for awhile but whenever we did see each other it was always great. A wonderful young man taken too soon. My condolences to all family and friends. Very, very sorry. Mr. Mayor

Ron and Terri Deininger

So very sorry Jay, to hear of your step Dad's passing our thoughts and sympathy to you and your family.

Don & Lisa Town, John & Gary Town

So very sorry to hear of Don's passing, our deepest sympathy and prayers to David, Jackie and Don's entire family

Mike Smith

He will be missed. My deepest sympathy.
His son Mike

Jim Evans

To all Donnie's family, I am so sorry for your loss. It was a complete shock to me. Donnie and I were classmates in High School. It seemed like he was one who understood and accepted me. Even then I understood his grace. Unfortunately we lost contact after H.S. Sure sounds like he turned out to be a great guy (and family man)! Rest in peace Donnie.

Pauline & Dan Boyer

Our deepest condolences to Susan and all the family. My best memory of Don will always be the love he had for my sister. He always put her first and made sure she was taken care of and loved. Don enjoyed playing cards with Nora and Paul, his in laws. We could always count on Don to speak his mind - no filter there! He made us laugh and we love him for that. You will be missed Don. Rest in Peace

Tim Goard

Great man. Rest In Peace. I miss my talks with him especially when he showed me his motorcycle that he was so proud of. Very respectful, caring, wise man. He will be watching his Yankees in Heaven.
Rest In Peace Don...

Susan Smith

To my husband of 30 years. You were the best thing that ever happened to me. Through your encouragement you brought out the best in me and made me believe in myself and all things possible. Yes, we had our ups and downs but our love ❤️ for each other was always in our hearts. What a great team we made. I will love you forever. Rest In Peace my love. Your Wife, Susan

Nora and Paul Warner

Donald was a loved son-in-law, he will be missed so much. He was a kind an giving person always ready to help anyone. We will miss the card games with Don and his smile and excitement when he won. RIP my friend.

Lisa Yawn

So sorry for your loss. Many prayers to the family! Rest in peace sir!

Kim McKeon

It was an honor to know you Don. I am glad I took the chance to grab you and hug you when I did. Hearing you say "Alright, that's enough" was just too much!
You quietly made a big impact on this world, and this world is better for it.
You will truly be missed.
Rest in peace Don.

Rosalynn Smith

Thank you Don for making Jaime, my soul mate. I see pieces of you in Jaime and our son Christian. Thank you for always being there for the both of them. You will be forever missed. ♥️

Jaime Smith

Dad, you will be forever missed, I love you Dad, I know you will be looking down with Grandma and Grandpa watching over us, I miss you.