Donald E. Smith ’80, J.D. ’84 practiced business law in Palm Springs for nearly ten years as a sole proprietor and was involved in his brother’s real estate firm, Dan Smith and Associates, in Big Bear. In Banning, he was a partner at Haskell Real Estate. Smith was initially elected to the Banning City Council in 1992, and was selected to represent the city as its mayor in 1994. He also spent 22 years in service to the county as a member of the board of directors for the Riverside County Date Festival, acting as president for three terms. He was proud to have been chosen to serve as vice-chairman of the 2013 Banning Centennial Celebration and was active and involved over the years with too many groups to list in their entirety. Don passed away suddenly on April 3, 2019, at the age of 61. He is survived by his parents Earline and Kenneth Smith of Banning; older brother Kenneth of Northern California; younger brother Dan of Mission Viejo; five nephews; and two nieces. His constant presence at city meetings, the advice and council he provided to various civic and community leaders, and his institutional knowledge of both the history and the operations of city of Banning will be sorely missed.

27 Aug 2019