Daniel James Smith, 27, of New Town, died Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2013, at Mercy Hospital in Devils Lake.
Daniel was born April 16, 1985, in Minot, to Karen Long Elk and Orlen Smith. He attended elementary and middle school in New Town and continued his education at United Tribes Technical College in Bismarck. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his uncle, Lorenzo, niece, Ilyana and nephew, Braydon. He was employed at Pick Wick in Duluth, Minn., and also worked at Ameripride and Cross Country in Bismarck.
Danny loved cruising around in his Cadillac, jamming to his favorite artist, Lil Wayne. His favorite movie was "Tombstone." He was a talented basketball player who also enjoyed swimming and relaxing in a Jacuzzi. He took great pride in his appearance and always made others laugh with his humor. He will be remembered for the kindness and gentleness that he shared with his friends and family that he met throughout his life. He will also be remembered for his favorite sayings, "Hoover Dam," "Son of a Weiner" and "Wat up, Ma?" Danny will be greatly missed by his family and many friends.
Danny is survived by: his son, Izaiah Smith, of Mobridge, S.D.; daughter, Esperanza Smith, of Bismarck; mother, Karen Long Elk, of New Town; brothers, Orlen Smith Jr., of New Town, Darris Long Elk, of Aikin, Minn.; sister, Terresa Long Elk, of Fargo; uncle, Lorenzo Many Ribs, of New Town; aunt, Rita Olson, of Parshall; special love, Iris Black, of St. Michael; stepson, Mason Smith, of St. Michael; nieces, Ilyana Long Elk, of Fargo, and Candace Urlacher, of Parshall; nephews, Braydon Long Elk, of Fargo, Vincent Many Ribs, of Parshall, and Emanuel Many Ribs, of Stuart, Fla.
He was preceded in death by his father, Orlen Smith Sr.; brother, Celester Smith; sister, Darshayn Long Elk; grandparents, Alfreda and Daniel Many Ribs Sr., and Elizabeth and James Smith; and great-grandparents, Susie and Joe Red Fox.
Funeral: Saturday, March 2, 2013, at 11 a.m., in Four Bears Community Center, New Town.
Wake: Today, March 1, beginning at 5 p.m., in the community center.
Interment: Snowbird Cemetery, New Town
Online condolences may be shared at (www.langhansfuneralhome.com).
(Langhans Funeral Home, Parshall)