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Smith, Daniel "Dan" J.

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March 27, 1943 - August 11, 2015

Smith, Daniel "Dan" J.

Daniel (Dan) Smith passed away on Tuesday, August 11, 2015, at Medical City Hospital in Dallas, TX after waging a valiant 3 year battle against Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia.  He was a resident of Dallas, TX for the past 39 years.  Dan is survived by his wife of 45 years Beverly (Cummings) Smith, son David Smith and daughter Brittany Smith.  He is also survived by his sister and brother-in-law Patricia and Austin McElroy,  Covington LA; sister and brother-in-law Linda and James McLain, Folsom, LA; sister-in-law Cynthia Graham, Metairie, LA; sister-in-law Mary Stafford and husband Mark, New York, NY; and sister-in-law Lisa Richardson and husband Louis, Metairie,LA.  He will also be missed by many loving nieces and nephews .  He was preceded in death by his parents, Daryl (Dan) George Smith and Ann Helen (Lakatos) Smith.

Dan was born in Madison, WI where his father was stationed during WWII, but moved to Granite City, IL during his father’s overseas tour of service.  He lived with his mother and maternal grandparents until his father returned home when Dan was three years old.  His father’s chosen career dictated several moves during Dan’s early life, and he always felt those transitions provided opportunities for growth.  He was raised mostly in the south…Memphis, TN, Jackson, MS and New Orleans, LA.  He attended DeLaSalle High School in New Orleans, LA and LSU in Baton Rouge, LA.

He was a talented draftsman, and worked for several architectural firms in New Orleans, as well as a sales agency specializing in outdoor lighting.  He designed what was then considered the new concept in lighting for automobile dealerships.  His expertise in this field led to a position as a liaison between a major manufacturer of lighting fixtures and the auto industry executives in Detroit, MI.  He remained in the lighting industry for several more years, moving from Detroit to Dallas, Cincinnati and Los Angeles.

In 1972, he had an opportunity to explore new horizons.  He and Beverly moved from Los Angeles to Chicago,IL to begin his career in the furniture industry.  For many years he was a sales representative for various furniture manufacturers, covering territories in Illinois, Iowa and finally back to Texas in 1976.  He owned and operated a “to-the-trade” showroom in the Dallas Market Center for over 25 years.  Dan left the furniture industry in 1996, and embarked on a new career in residential real estate.  He built a large and loyal following of clients, who became close friends that have remained an important part of his life.  His code of ethics and honesty, as well as a wonderful sense of humor, endeared him to everyone.

The family would like to thank Dr. Vikas Bhushan, and his clinical staff, as well as the nurses and aides on the 11th and 12th floor of Medical City Hospital, for taking such excellent care of Dan these past three years.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend the Memorial Mass at Prince of Peace Catholic Church, 5100 West Plano Pkwy, Saturday, September 5, 2015 at 11:00 am.  A luncheon reception to celebrate his life will follow the service.  Interment will be in New Orleans, LA .

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the Leukemia Society (, Prince of Peace Catholic Church (, or to the charity of your choice.

Arrangements are under the direction of
ARIA Cremation Service and Funeral Home
19310 Preston Road
Dallas, Texas 75252



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Sejal and Hemang Desai

September 05, 2015 7:50AM

Dear Bev,

As you know, you and Dan hold a very special place in our heart. He will be missed dearly by the Desai household. Dan's kind, thoughtful and very patient demeanor certainly helped us through the years of working together. He taught a thing or two about Real Estate to Hemang and Mohan as you know!! We will always cherish memories of times spent together and look forward to continuing our friendship for years to come. You know you can call on us any time. So please do.

Samit and Christine

September 04, 2015 7:17PM

Dear Bev and Family,

We are deeply saddened by Dan's passing away.
Over the years our relationship with you and Dan transformed from realtor, to adviser to close friends. Dan was a very kind, wise and well informed person who had highest of integrity. We learnt a lot from both Dan and you. Both Christine and I have always admired the energy both of you had in work and life. Dan's humor and presence around us will definitely be missed, but he will always be in our hearts and minds.
Our well wishes and prayers are with you and the family.

Samit & Christine

Pat smith mcelroy

September 03, 2015 10:26AM

Our love & prayers go out to Bev and everyone, on the passing on of my dear and loving brother,Dan. He will be missed by all....but finally ....pain free.


August 31, 2015 9:17AM

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Denis Dees

August 31, 2015 7:18AM

Bev, I am thinking of you, and sending love and good memories of Dan. I remember his wonderful sense of humor and love and thoughtfulness of family. God Bless,
Denis and Susyn Dees

Gary Jansson

August 30, 2015 8:57PM

Always enjoyed crossing paths with Dan, he had many interest, and good person

Mark Milliman

August 25, 2015 3:55PM

Dear Aunt Bev, David and Brittany,
Uncle Dan was a great man and a terrific God father to me. He will be missed dearly. I know he is up in heaven with my parents and other loved ones laughing and telling hilarious stories. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this very difficult time. Love you all.


August 25, 2015 3:27PM

I love you daddy!!!💖💜💐

Larry and Linda Schmitt

August 24, 2015 1:44PM

Dear Bev., Brittany and David
We love you all and will dearly miss Dan and our dinners together.
Our prayers are with you and know he is at rest. Love you Larry, Linda, Julie, Todd, Lisa, Will & Evan

Guy and Julie Signorino

August 23, 2015 3:03PM

Dear Beverly and Family,
May it comfort you to know that Dan is at peace with the Lord and he is praying for you. Thank you Jesus for the witness of a life well lived! May God bless y'all and keep you in His grace.

Sunita Mani and Srinadh Madhavapeddi

August 19, 2015 9:15PM

Dear Bev and family,

Our thoughts are with you and we grieve with you and also celebrate Dan's life with you. For so many first time home buyers like us, Dan provided comfort and was a source of strength, wisdom and reassurance and in the process made us own our little part of this unique American experience! His warmth and kind spirit will forever be missed! Home buying or talking about real estate will never be the same for us! Rest well, kind friend!

Sunita, Srinadh, Anika, Aanya, Mani and Santha

Matthew and Angela Gagnon

August 19, 2015 12:29PM

Dear Beverly and Family,

We are so deeply saddened for your loss. We are praying very hard that you find some comfort during this difficult time. We pray for strength and peace and our thoughts are with you.
The Gagnon Family (Matt, Angela, Willa and Josie)

Anna and Richard Cholewa

August 18, 2015 1:46PM

No one can prepare us for the loss of a loved one. Our prayer is that you feel comfort in having Dan as your special angel to care for you in a way not possible here on earth. Our love and prayers are with you at this very difficult time.

Gayla Culp

August 18, 2015 12:25PM

Sending our condolences to the Smith Family! Our prayers are with you.