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102 2nd Avenue East
Box 507
Watrous, SK S0K 4T0
Phone: (306) 946-3334
Fax: (306) 946-3436
Darrell Smith

Darrell Wayne "Tex" Smith

Wednesday, September 11th, 2019
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Darrell Smith
It is with heavy hearts that the family of Darrell Wayne (Tex) Smith announces his passing on Wednesday, September 11th, 2019 at the Royal University Hospital after a brief but intense struggle with a rare blood disorder called Amyloidosis. Darrell fought hard to remain with us but it was a battle that was not to be won. He answered God’s call, the author of salvation, to come to his heavenly home and he did so with dignity, grace and his ever present sense of humour. One can only imagine the stories he will have to tell when we meet again.
Darrell was born on a snowy day on March 28th, 1947, in Waurika Oklahoma. A rare occurrence that time of year, undoubtedly announcing to the world that he was someone special. He grew up on a farm near the Red River and attended grade school in a nearby town of Temple. His high school nickname was “Hot Rod’r”, fitting for a man always on the go while possessing a lifetime love of vehicles to include his 2015 F-150 Lariat.
After high school, graduation he answered the draft call and enlisted in the U.S. Navy in August of 1965. He completed basic training in San Diego and then in December of that year he began a 13 month tour in VietNam. The rest of his naval service was spent at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. It was there he met the love of his life, Jayne, a young Canadian nurse. They were married on August 3rd, 1968 prior to Darrell receiving an honorable discharge. The young couple then settled stateside in Grand Prairie Texas. He embarked on several jobs before deciding to take advantage of the G.I. Bill and enrolled in Machinist School, a trade he excelled at.
Family life was truly meaningful with the arrival of his first son Paul (1969), Patrick (1971) and Robin (1972). On a trip to Saskatchewan in 1973, Darrell took a tour of Alwinsal Mine and noted a job posting for a machinist. He applied successfully and began a 34 year career as a miner, first as a Machinist and then as an Occupational Health and Safety Officer. Darrell retired in 2006 on his 60th birthday.
Darrell was a devoted husband, father and grandfather, supporting all the family endeavours and attending hockey games, which was his favorite thing to do. He was looking forward to watching his great grandson Nolan start his hockey career in the coming years. He loved being a good neighbor and friend as well as Mr. Fix-It to anyone who needed assistance.
Darrell was predeceased by his father, Edward Dewayne Smith and brother-in-law Herb Royan. He is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Jayne, son Paul & family, Brennan Smith (Tayia & great grandson Nolan), Chase Smith (Kenzie), Logan Wolfer (Shyanna), Jayden Wolfer, and Jaxtan Carlson, son Patrick Smith (Amber) & family Ethan Smith (Liza), Christian Smith and his precious daughter Robin Smith.
Additionally, he is survived by his mother Doris Smith, sister Dee Gillespie (Mike) and brother DeRay Smith all of Hastings Oklahoma.
We are all better for having known him and grateful he accompanied us on this journey.
Rest in Peace Tex. The Memorial Service will be held at St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church, 41 Shannon Street in Lanigan on Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 at 2 p.m. Interment will take place in Imperial at a later date. For online condolences, tributes or to make a donation in his memory to the Canadian Cancer Society or a charity of your choice please visit fotheringham-mcdougall.com
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Service Details

  • Service

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 2:00pm
    Location
    St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    41 Shannon Street
    LANIGAN, SK
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    Officiant
    Rev. Father Gregory Smith-Windsor
  • Interment

    Location
    Imperial Cemetery
    Address
    Address Not Available
    IMPERIAL, SK S0G 2J0
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  • Reception

    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 | 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    When
    Tuesday, September 17th, 2019 3:00pm - 4:00pm
    Location
    St. Mary's Roman Catholic Church
    Address
    41 Shannon Street
    LANIGAN, SK
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Dorita Brown

Posted at 08:47pm
Darrell and I referred to ourselves as "Red River Rats" at times. We were raised in rural south Oklahoma with a couple of crop fields between his family home and ours. We rode the bus together. We had all our education at the same school, same classes. We graduated. Then our adult lives sent us in different directions. Many years later, however, somehow Darrell and I began to email each other. Being raised as children in the same locale was enriching. But coming to know Darrell later in life was much more enriching. I came to know he was a man of integrity caring for family and neighbors. His emails from Canada came with pictures of the family he loved, the house he took care of and a few beautiful nature shots of his adult homeland, Canada. He always posted me when former classmates or friends passed on except for this one. It was a shock to me that he has passed. I will miss him.
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Twylla Alexander

Posted at 04:58pm
Pat, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
Much love,
Randy and Twylla
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stacy plunk

Posted at 01:07pm
Pat, your Hillwood colleagues send our deepest condolences for the entire family.

Normaj Gill

Posted at 01:02am
condolences to the family and all his friends. I worked with Tex at the mining for decades He always had a smile and a few laughs for everyone he made life easy with his fun. I am sure he will be missed but all. Heaven will be a fun place if he is waiting for us.
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