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Thumper D.R. Smith passed away on Monday, May 21, 2018, after several months bravely living through the ordeals of brain cancer. He was born in Carbondale, Illinois on February 28, 1959. He attended Edwardsville (IL) High School, McKendree College in Lebanon, IL, and graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana. He went on to have a long career in software engineering and design, developing Unigraphics software. He loved sailing, live music, playing his guitar, singing, cooking, listening to NPR, campfires, family and friends, travel, and being uniquely himself.
Those staying behind to miss his brilliant mind and delightful spirit are his wife Brenda; his children Tere Smith and her daughters Natalie and Avery, Penny Lane Smith, and Andrew Smith; his siblings Judy Gerlach and husband Steve, Wesley Smith and wife Louanne, Steve Smith and wife Joyce, Gloria Wyeth, and Pat Harper and husband Michael; many nieces and nephews; his step-children Katie May and husband Matt and children Haiden and Hailey, and Bryan Kramlich and wife Hollie and children Alexander and Benjamin; many close friends throughout the world, and the entire Docktown Community of Redwood City, CA.
We were all part of his antics and his stories, and will all continue to tell our Thumper stories through the ages. The family deeply appreciates everyone who supported him with a helping hand and kindness, food and goodies, pool games at the yacht club, and chats from the front deck. In lieu of gifts, please become an NPR sustaining member, and remember to be thoughtful and kind to one another. As Thumper often said, “Love is all that matters.”
Plans for a Celebration of Life will be forthcoming. For now, just sit by a lake, river, ocean, pond or fountain and spend a few minutes remembering him.