Daniel James Smith, age 35 of Hugo, Minnesota and formerly of Grand Forks, ND, passed away December 4, 2011.
Dan was a valued Harley Automotive salesman in the Forest Lake office.
He is preceded in death by grandparents, Kathleen and Eugene Jackson and Dick and Suzi Smith; and uncle, Jim Jackson.
Dan is survived by wife, Bethany Clare; children, Ashley Jordan and Jackson Daniel and their mother, Andrea; mother, Katie Smith; father, Scott Smith; siblings, Kelly (JT Costa), Greg and Sarah; aunts and uncles, Gene and Sue Jackson, Ned and Jane Jackson, Mark and Betsy Jackson, Amy and Steve Hankey, Beth and Steve Johnson, Kathy Jackson, Dan and Georgia Smith, Barb and Jerry Evanson, and Suzanne and Bob Rossi; cousins and many friends.
Celebration of Dan's Life, 11 AM Wednesday, Dec. 7th at Roberts Family Funeral Home, 555 Centennial Dr. SW, Forest Lake with a gathering of family and friends from 9-11 AM. Private Family Interment Twitchell Cemetery, Lino Lakes, MN.
It was with deep sadness we read of your loss. Our heartfelt prayers go out to you, A Mass wiil be said for Dan. May Perpetual light shine upon him and may he rest in peace.
Our sympathy Katie and Scott and the family of Dan for your loss of a loved one.
Lyle & Judy
One of our favorite photos of Greg, Dan, Sarah and Kelly.
Dan with cousins Carl, Meg and Thomas Jackson at his favorite place, Belle Taine, @ 1980
Dan's Grandmother Kay with all his cousins, 1997
I remember Danny as a very calm and calming person. I remember thinking that must come from a great deal of inner strength. And I remember admiring him a lot for it.
I'll miss you, Dan! All my thoughts and prayers and love are with your family.
Katie and all of Danny's family,
We have had heavy hearts at our house, and at Kelly School, thinking and praying for your loss! We hope that you can feel strength from the prayers that are lifted up for you!! I have been telling the others about the week you just spent with your dear son, Katie!! That was meant to be! Sending love, prayers and sympathy, Barb and Richard Lunde
Katie.Scottie,Sarah, Kelly, Greg, and Danny's family so sorry for your loss I have great memories of Dan as a younger person and the fun times on Campbell Dr. and Elmwood. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. God Bless
We so very much admired your warmth and sense of adventure! Thanks Danny!
Blessings and Love
Holiday happiness at Big Sky!
What a guy! Big Sky Memories.
The loves of his life.
What a beautiful family!
Scott, Katie, Greg, Kelly & Sarah:
We were so saddened to hear about your loss. Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with your family as you go through this difficult time.
God Bless~Dan and Kelli Tannahill
Katie, Scott, Greg, Kelly, and Sarah
Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Your son and brother is never far away but in your hearts forever. All our sympathy,
Beth & Dan's Wedding!!
4 AWESOME GENERATIONS!
"Pretty sure I can fix this steering, Grandpa!"
Looking like a "Jackson" in this photo!
Dan was always the one to brighten up any class.He was full of humor and such a wonderful guy all around
I WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER THE FUN SMILING LITTLE BOY!! THE FUN TIMES AT CHRISTMAS AND AT THE LAKE. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED
KATIE AND SCOTTIE MY THOUGHTS ARE WITH YOU.
Oh boy, I loved you, Daniel James. I so clearly see your smile and so clearly hear your voice and am certain that I always will. You know the special, special guy you were to me and your Uncle Steve. Please know that we will forever share our love for you with your kiddos, Dan. Makes us happy to think that you are already likely fishing with your Uncle Jimmy and Grandpa Gene... I love you with all my heart, Danny. Aunt Bep
That winning smile!
Lake Belletaine Gang
There are countless things that I could reflect on with Dan. He was always the most affable person in any room he was in. He was always smiling and laughing and was truly a good person.
I had the priviledge of having lived with Dan on 3 separate occasions and the memories we shared will always be with me.
One just came to mind and I just have to share. :) It was in Fargo, ND. It was in 1997 and we had had more snow than any other year in our memory. The weather had us down and thinking of better places. So Dan, myself and my other roommate decided we would just drive to the airport and fly to Hawaii for a week. Of course, being college students and so forth, we elected to not go but we did actually pack bags and were on our way to Hector International. I laugh about it now but man, it was that spontenaity that I will always remember. Never a dull moment with Dan and he was a man who would give you the shirt off his back.
I also told my mother of his passing today. She was in shock. Her description probably best captures what pretty much everyone would think...she said, "you couldn't help but like Dan. He was always so pleasant." Oh Dan, you will be missed. I regret not getting to spend more time with you in recent years. You will be missed but your memory will always remain.
Fishing and turtles, fishing and turtles! OH a big family Christmas when Santa came at 4 AM for Dan and then the rest of his siblings and endless cousins! Maybe a little fun fun fun mischief too! Life was just exciting when you were with us! Loved you Dan!!
I will remember Danny fondly, Jim & I use to "babysit" him in our younger years. He always enjoyed coming with us on our little adventures. Danny was always real happy to be with his Uncle Jim.
Bethany Clare im so sorry for your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this terrible time. please know you are a very strong women and you will get through this. We LOVE you very much.
Thank you for taking such good care of Bethie Clare. You will be sorely missed in our little family. All this still doesn't seem real. My favorite memory: Me, you and Beth on the boat this last summer laughing at Beth trying to use that air mattress as a boogie board. I promise to take good care of her for you. I love you!
Clare Deming (Beth's Mom)
We will remember Dan' s smile and his gift of conversation...he always took time for a chat with all his Aunts and Uncles at the family gatherings. Uncle Gene and Aunt sue
Dan's inquisitive mind------always trying to figure out how things worked and if there was a better way of doing things. His smile mostly!!
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