Evans Funeral Home
"Compassionate Funeral Service"
Carrington and New Rockford, North Dakota
701.652.3003 or 701.947.2911
Secondary Number ~ 701.650.9937
Douglas Roland Smith, age 84 of Sheyenne, N.D., passed away peacefully on Sunday, November 15, 2020 at Sanford Hospital in Fargo, ND.
He was born on Midway Farm, which was still his home, on December 9, 1935 to Floyd and Anne (Jacobsen) Smith. He went to Rocky Mountain School #2 just down the road from home. He rode his horse to school many times. After graduating from 8th grade he entered the New Rockford High School. He was a busy student as he played saxophone in the school band then getting the nickname “12th Street Rag”. After graduation Douglas enrolled in the Winter Short Ag Course at NDSU. Upon returning in 1953 he began farming and purchased 2 registered Polled Herefords to start the foundation of Midway Polled Herefords. In 1970 he sold Polled Hereford breeding stock to Chile and in more recent years to Kazakhstan. He loved to work the land and had a love for raising the Polled Hereford seed stock, which his family still raises from his original herd.
Finding out that he had a yearning to take flying lessons, he bought his first plane. He tried 3 other planes before finding his love of a Cessna 172. He enjoyed giving rides in his plane, especially to kids.
On Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1959 he married the love of his life, Ann Bonderson of Sheyenne. To this union they had 2 sons James and William. Doug and Ann enjoyed traveling and visited over 30 states and Canada.
Over the years he has been on the Eddy County Crop Improvement Board, President of the North Dakota Polled Hereford Association, was awarded the Soil Conservation Award, Outstanding Young Farmer Award, and in 1992 was awarded the Polled Hereford Man of the Year for North Dakota.
He also had a love of music. He had his own band for 20 plus years playing for weddings and clubs all over the state. In his later years he enjoyed entertaining at several nursing homes.
He had special relationships with his two granddaughters Kate and Whitney, as they lived on the same farm, and now also his two great grandchildren Will and Andie, who are the 6th generation to live on Midway Farm.
As an only child, Doug also had special relationships with his cousins, Robert, Nick, and Don Holthe, Eileen (Holthe) Patrick, Ellen (Smith) Messner, Lester Smith, Erland Bergland and Leona (Bergland) Bouret.
Doug is survived by his wife of 61 years, Ann; his sons James Smith, Fargo and William (Karen) Smith, Sheyenne, granddaughters Kate (Austin) Langley, Warwick, Whitney (Jacob) Burkhardsmeier, and great grandchildren, Will and Andie Burkhardsmeier, all of Sheyenne and we can’t forget his beloved dog Taz.
Doug was preceded in death by his parent, in-laws, many musician friends and fellow Polled Hereford breeders.
Most Grandchildren don’t get to grow up just a few hundred yards away from their grandparents but I did
Grandpa always called me princess as a little girl even though I knew it wasn’t true
He was there for every basketball game, every prom, every 4-H show
He would surprise us by picking us up after school instead of us having to ride the bus home
In between feeding bales he’d hook our sled behind the old farmhand
He taught us how to drive a four wheeler
He taught me how to drive a nail
He gave us our first airplane ride
He was there for our first horse to throw a saddle and tighten a cinch when we just weren’t strong enough yet
He let us drive his old green dodge even if we didn’t want to
He was the grandpa who gave heifers instead of toys for Christmas
He was there for our high school and college graduations
He was there for my first job and even needed to come to the school to see (at the time) “miss smith’s” classroom
He was the second person my husband had to ask for my hand in marriage
His band played at our wedding
We will never forget his music and his unique sound
I’m so happy he got to meet his two great grandchildren – they meant everything to him
He had a love for the land and raising cattle – We can only hope he is proud as we continue his life’s work
Most Grandchildren don’t get to grow up just a few hundred yards away from their grandparents…but I did
Visitation will be Wednesday, 9:00AM-5:00PM at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford.
His Private Funeral Service will be held Thursday, November 19, 2020, at Evans Funeral Home, New Rockford, ND.
Burial will be Thursday, November 19, 2020 at 2:30 PM at the Nystrom Cemetery, rural Sheyenne, ND.
(Family and friends wishing to join the procession to the cemetery. We will be leaving the funeral home at 2:00 PM.)
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