Don Francis Smith

Don Francis Smith

Don Francis Smith died Wednesday, June 23, 2010, at Rogue Valley Manor in Medford. He was 80. He was born in Spokane, Wash., on December 29, 1929, to Frank and Viola (Dahl) Smith.

He served in Korea for two years before returning to eastern Washington. He married Jerry Lynn Wickenkamp in 1955.

Don and Jerry moved to Novato, Calif., in 1967. He worked for Otis Elevator Company for 36 years where he developed an earthquake detection device for elevators, for which he was awarded a patent.

He is survived by his wife, Jerry, of Medford; daughter, Patti Roberts (Casey), of Louisville, Colo.; Sandra, of Novato, Calif.; and grandson, Jackson, of Louisville, Colo.

Donations may be made to Asante Hospice, 2960 Doctors Park Drive, Medford, OR, 97504.

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