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Dave Smyth

June 28, 1946 - July 6, 2014
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Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Dave always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Dave was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges. Dave was born on June 28, 1946 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were Francis and Theresa Smyth. Dave was raised in Illinois. Always able to express himself well, Dave possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Dave was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic. Blessed with a balanced attitude, Dave was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Dave was raised with two siblings. He had two older brothers, Frank and Bernie. Dave had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return. As a young child, Dave showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Dave enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He took part in baseball and football. In his spare time he liked comic books, Yo-Yos,...
Equipped with a clear and calculating focus, he possessed a tough-minded, “take charge” attitude. He had the ability to make even routine situations seem exciting, and he was at ease with the role of playing problem solver. Dave always sought out the scene of where the action was. Sociable, analytical and pleasant, Dave was an individual who enjoyed life’s challenges.

Dave was born on June 28, 1946 at Little Company of Mary Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. His parents were Francis and Theresa Smyth. Dave was raised in Illinois. Always able to express himself well, Dave possessed strong interpersonal skills. He was optimistic in his outlook on life and was able at all times to be open and direct in his communication. Armed with a great wit, Dave was raised to be accepting of others and to implement a strong personal work ethic.

Blessed with a balanced attitude, Dave was able to relate well with others. His occasional role as family mediator gave him the opportunity to ease tense situations when they occurred. Dave was raised with two siblings. He had two older brothers, Frank and Bernie. Dave had a strong desire to be treated fairly and would readily offer others the same fairness in return.

As a young child, Dave showed his creative ability in many ways. He was outgoing and animated. Dave enjoyed new activities and pursued a variety of interests. He took part in baseball and football. In his spare time he liked comic books, Yo-Yos, Christmas caroling with his brothers and waiting for it to snow, so he could make money shoveling. Dave's memorable achievements included receiving a Newspaper of Superb Sales award.

Known to others as a focused, logical and somewhat driven individual, Dave was able to utilize these qualities to succeed in high school. His curious nature was spurred by his ability to maximize his personal learning style through employing a hands-on approach. He was good with facts and had an excellent memory. He enjoyed some courses more than others, having favorite classes and teachers. His favorite class in high school was lunch.

Friends and acquaintances found Dave an easy man to get to know, and those close to him would often praise his open, practical style of communication and relaxed approach to life in general. Dave was uncomplicated and straightforward in his relationships, which allowed him to accept people for what they were. While growing up, some of his best friends were Butch Nolan and Ryan. Later in life, he became friends with Tom and Judy Poulio.

After being together for 18 years, on June 8, 2000 Dave exchanged wedding vows with Dawn L. Downs at the Little Chapel of the West of Las Vegas, Nevada. Dave was attentive to Dawn's feelings, and he charmed Dawn and others with his gift for being able to give freely and generously. A good listener with an engaging personality, Dave was able to bring pleasure and unexpected humor to the relationship.

Very much like a kid himself, Dave identified with the inquisitive and creative side of his children’s personalities. He was able to direct his energy and spontaneity towards helping his children acquire added common sense skills. Dave was blessed with eight children, five daughters, Shelli, Amy, Jeanne, Michelle and Alisha, and three sons Bobby, David and Jeff.

Dave was a flexible worker who was able to draw the best from others around him. A persuasive individual who was quick to make necessary decisions, Dave’s strengths included being able to think on his feet. He could be a leader who sought impact for his decisions. Gifted with an incredible ability to read body language, Dave was able to positively manipulate situations and motivate others in order to get a task completed. He was a good negotiator who enjoyed new challenges. Dave could multi-task, and he was endowed with entrepreneurial spirit, allowing him to think beyond standard norms when it came to resolving issues in his work environment. His primary occupation was truck driver. He was employed for over 25 years by various trucking companies.

Dave was a Navy veteran. Dave was a cool thinker who could handle himself well in a crisis. He showed leadership qualities and could make tough decisions when he was called upon to do so.

Dave enjoyed his leisure time by taking part in various hobbies. He had something of an artistic flair in many of the things that he did. He put this creativity toward all of his pastimes. His favorite pursuit was practicing the art of cooking and barbecuing. He was content to enjoy his hobbies and loved to share his interests with others.

Because he liked to take risks, Dave was enthusiastic and confident in every aspect of his life. In high school, Dave ran track. Recreational sports include bowling. Dave was a major sports fan and enjoyed watching his favorite events whenever he got the opportunity. Tops on his list were watching the Chicago Cubs and the Chicago Bears; in addition he also enjoyed watching figure skating.

Dave was a gifted problem solver who worked hard to help accomplish group goals. This skill made him a wonderful asset to the various groups and organizations to which he belonged. Always matter-of-fact about what needed to be done, Dave worked steadily to meet any organization’s goals. Throughout his years, Dave was an active member of the Boy Scouts of America as a scout master.

Dave held close traditional values and as a result, faith was important to him. He was a member St. Dorothy. During that time, he was an altar boy.

Travel and vacations were experiences that Dave truly enjoyed. He preferred to seek out excitement wherever he went and he was partial to vacations that were casual and laid back with an atmosphere of “live and let live.” He was willing to leave his plans open and flexible, just in case something more interesting came along. Favorite vacations included San Francisco, California and Laughlin, Nevada.

Dave was a lover of animals and cherished his pets. One of Dave’s favorites was Shadow, a Springer Spaniel and Lab mix. They were best friends for 10 years.

Dave passed away on July 6, 2014 at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas, Nevada. He is survived by his wife Dawn, eight children, eleven grandchildren, one great grandchild and two brothers. Services were held at Palm Northwest.

Dave was the kind of person who could win others over easily. A concrete communicator, he relied on his senses to increase his involvement and awareness of others. He was always able to provide amusing repartee to his friends and acquaintances, offering a seemingly endless supply of quips, anecdotes, jokes and stories. If Dave had a theme song written about him, it might well have been “I did it my way.” He enjoyed his life and the experience of living it.

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"Dave, I am so blessed to have had you in my life. Because of you, I am the woman I am today. You instilled in me strength, courage, and common sense. You..." Alisha Downs (Las Vegas, NV)

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