November 20th Memorial for Doug Smith

by Scott Smith

Here’s the text that will appear in the paper (sorry, I don’t know which one).

Dad’s Hands

Douglas MacKay Smith passed away August 13, 2007 from complications following open heart surgery.

There will be a memorial service celebrating his life, at St. Ignatius Episcopal Church, Antioch, Illinois, on November 20th, 2007 at 5:30 PM.

Doug had brick-layer hands and an engineer’s mind.

“He had the patience of Job,” more than one relative said of him.

His combination of skill with his hands, an engineer’s curiosity, and his patience made him an excellent manager of engineers, grandfather to nine, father of five and husband to Dena Smith.

He worked twenty-years for Rockwell before moving to Illinois from California in 1979. He finished his career at Abbott after twenty-three years, and retired to Grants Pass, Oregon.

He was active at St. Ignatius Episcopal Church in Antioch, Illinois, serving on the Vestry, on the building committee and as a Lay Eucharistic Minister. He was an advisor for the electronics program at Lake County Area Vocational Center, and served as a Superintendent of the goat barn at the Lake County Fair.

In retirement, he traveled across America with Dena in their RV, oversaw the building of their winter home in Yuma, Arizona and built wooden toys for children as a representative in Oregon and Arizona for The Happy Factory.

The family requests donations to The Happy Factory, Cedar City, Utah in lieu of flowers.