Smith Family Honors Patriarch with Tree
By Susan Thompson
Dwayne “Smitty” Smith and his wife Donna lived across the street from Lake Panorama’s Sunset Beach for 18 years, until his passing last November. In late April, one of Smitty’s favorite trees was donated by the Smith family and planted at Sunset Beach in his memory.
The family chose a flame maple tree to honor their patriarch. “One of these trees is planted along the lake’s west entrance, and Dwayne loved how the leaves turn bright red in the fall,” Donna says. “He always wanted to stop and have his picture taken with that tree, and we have many years worth of photos of him there.”
The couple was married 57 years, and have three daughters and six grandchildren. A celebration of life open house was held May 5 at the Panorama West clubhouse. Family members wore special T-shirts that sported a “thumbs-up” symbol on the front, honoring Smitty’s habit of using his thumb to express approval.
The back of the shirts feature an image depicting a Colorado mountain scene surrounded by the words “Smitty’s Camp Runamuk.” The family lived in Colorado for a number of years, and used the phrase Camp Runamuk to describe their many adventures. A license plate on Donna’s car also carries that name.
Donna can look out the front window of her home, see the newly planted flame maple at Sunset Beach, and be reminded of many good family times with Smitty at the helm.