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1954 Daniel 2020

Daniel Smith

April 6, 1954 — June 23, 2020

Dan Smith, Motley MN passed away on June 23, 2020 at his home. A private family service will be held a later date.

Dan was born in Bertha Mn to Melvin and Lillian Smith on April 6, 1954. After high school graduation in 1972 he pursued diplomas/certificates in Tool Making, Mold Building, CNC and Robotics. Early in his career Dan worked for Mate Punch and Die but after meeting Terri he moved to Motley in 1989 and worked for McCourtney Plastics (McKechnie Tool), Hutchinson Technology, Ultra Tool, Starrett and finished his career with Donnelly Manufacturing.

Dan and Terri were married in Little Falls on November 30, 1991 and lived in Motley their entire marriage excluding 3 years in Hutchinson.

Dan loved hunting, fishing, gardening, trips to the casino, a good Bloody Mary, dogs (especially Cuddles, Sophie and grandpuppies Bubba and Cody) and road trips to see where this road will take us. He was an easy-going man with a kind heart and gentle soul. He ALWAYS opened the car door for Terri which tugged her heart each time. He would give you the shirt off his back. His laugh came from his toes. He was loved by ALL who knew him, and he will be greatly missed.

Dan is survived by Best Friend and Wife Terri, Special Daughter and Son-in-law Traci (Brian) Johnson bound not by blood but by love, Daughters Barb, Becky and Andrea, Mother Lillian, Brothers LeRoy (Cyndi) and Rod Smith. Brother and sisters-in-law Larry (Diane), Ken, Greg (Wendy), John (Radonna), Doug (Joelle) and Jeff (Jackie) Zylka and Marlene Mallinson. He had many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by father Melvin, sister-in-law Julie Zylka, brother-in-law Roy Mallinson and niece Nikki Smith.

A private burial will be held at a later date as husband and wife have chosen to be buried as one.

DanYou were my greatest gift in life. You took my heart with you when you left us.I will love you forever!!...Terri Lynn.


by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak

At the funeral of a friend.

He referred to the dates on her tombstone,

From beginningto end.

He noted that first came her date of birth

And spoke the following date with tears,

But he said what mattered most of all

Was the dash between the years.

(1934 1998)

For that dash represents all the time

That she spent alive on earth

And now only those who loved her,

Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;

The carsthe housethe cash,

What matters! Is how we live and love

And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard

Are there things youd like to change?

For you never know how much time is left,

That can still be rearranged.

If we could just slow down enough

To consider whats true and real,

And always try to understand

The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,

And show appreciation more,

And love the people in our lives

Like weve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,

And more often wear a smile

Remembering that this special dash

Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogys being read

With your lifes actions to rehash

Would you be proud of the things they say

About how you spent your dash?

Family and Friends may send cards and condolences to Emblom Brenny Funeral Service:900 1st Street SELittle Falls, MN 56345.

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