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David Arlen Smithhart

Obituary for David Arlen Smithhart

August 11, 1964 - September 28, 2017
San Antonio, Texas | Age 53


Major David Arlen Smithhart, 53, USAF (retired), loving husband, father, and dedicated scout leader, passed away in San Antonio on Thursday, September 28, 2017.

David Smithhart was born in Norfolk, VA, on August 11, 1964, to Richard and Elizabeth Smithhart. He received his BS in Aerospace Engineering at Texas A&M University where he was a member of the Corps of Cadets, Squadron 16. Upon graduation, David received his commission in the US Air Force and went on to become a navigator on the E-3 Sentry AWACS. In 1990-91, he served in Operation Desert Shield during the Persian Gulf War.

Later, David was assigned to Air Force Two at Andrews AFB where he served as navigator on board the C137 Stratoliner. During this time, he flew many important dignitaries including the Vice President and First Lady. In 1998, he received his MS in Aeronautical Science at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

In 1999, David served as Chief of Synthetic Air Exercises at NATO in Mons, Belgium. His final assignment led him to Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas where he was Chief of the Information Operations Requirements Division. Throughout his career he received many decorations, including two Meritorious Service Medals, Air Medal, Aerial Achievement Medal, and the Air Force Commendation Medal. David retired from the US Air Force in April of 2007 at the rank of Major, following 20 years of exemplary service.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Tatiana Smithhart; son, Alexander Smithhart; daughter, Veronica Smithhart; and brother, Greg Smithhart. Special thanks to our extended family and our Aggie family for their love and support and to Luz Marina Fuenmayor, faithful caregiver and second mother.

There will be a Memorial Service on Friday, October 13, 2017 at 9 a.m., at Porter Loring Mortuary North Chapel.

Interment with Military Honors at Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery.

Those wishing to honor David may send memorials to the Fighter Foundation ( or the National Brain Tumor Society (

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