The Rev. Dr. Darrel E. Smith passed into the arms of his loving Savior Friday, June 16.
Darrel was born and raised on a farm in Sac City, IA, the middle of five children.
He is survived by his loving wife of nearly 50 years Linda, daughters Arlene (Bob) Campbell and Denise (Ray) Cablayan, grandchildren Matthew, Sarah, Danielle and Nicole, and sisters Shirley Kitsmiller and Mavis Sams. He is preceded in death by siblings Marie Ramstead and Wayne Smith.
He served in the US Air Force as a radio mechanic.
Darrel graduated from Biola University and Talbot Seminary, later earning a Doctorate Degree of Ministry from American Baptist Seminary of the West.
He proudly served as pastor to Island Baptist Church of Lemoore, First Baptist Church of Rio Linda, First Baptist Church of Oakdale (1971-1996), and most recently as Pastor to Seniors at First Baptist Church of Stockton, CA.
While serving as pastor Darrel also enjoyed his time on the American Baptist Churches General Board and camping ministries. He was also active with the Oakdale Kiwanis Club and twice served as president. He also enjoyed golf, working in his yard, and spending time with his family.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 24 at First Baptist Stockton at 11 a.m. Interment services will be announced later. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Seniors Ministries of First Baptist Church Stockton, CA.
The Oakdale (Calif.) Leader
June 21, 2017