Deryl D. Smith, 78, passed away October 14, 2014, after a 22 year struggle with the consequences of an aneurism. Deryl was born to Charlotte Abbott and George Smith on February 15, 1936, in Emporia, Kans. He was married to Patricia Joan Van Englehoven on November 24, 1961. Survived by his wife of nearly 53 years, Pat; children, Carol (Jon) Trudeau, Jennifer (Augustin) Garnier, Kenneth and Jonathan; seven grandchildren, Andrew and Miranda Franklin, Dakota, Morgan and Nathan Smith, Cory (Emily) Trudeau and Megan (Bo Young) Trudeau; and three great-grandchildren, Dastan Franklin, Hayli and Megan Young. Preceded in death by his parents; infant son, Nathan; infant twin brother, Gerald; sisters, Luretta Merwin and Lurene Vohs; brother, David Smith; and parents-in-law, Rene and Irene Van Englehoven. Deryl was a high school and college physics teacher. He retired from Rampart High School in Colorado Springs in 1992. He completed a B.A. and M.A. at Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia and three years of post graduate work in Science Education at the University of Iowa. Science education was his passion and even near the end of his life he continued to search for new ideas on the internet. He was an active member of the Colorado and National Science Teachers Association and the American Association of Physics during his professional tenure. In addition he was an avid listener of classical music and enjoyed his extensive collection of CDs. His love of the Rocky Mountains led the family to move to Colorado Springs in 1974. The family spent most vacations camping and enjoying the natural wonders of their adopted state. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church. At his request, no viewing or visitation. Cremation, Montgomery & Steward Crematorium. Memorial service, 2 p.m. Friday October 17, 2014, in the Montgomery & Steward Chapel. Online condolences, www.montgomerysteward.com

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  1. Our class lost track of Deryl many years ago. I just happened to see his passing mentioned in the ESU Spotlight. I recall him as a pleasant classmate, and both of us would have had some of the same math and science teachers at EHS and KSTC. We celebrated our 60th class reunion just a few days before Deryl’s passing.

  2. I was saddened to read of Deryl’s passing. As a fellow teacher at Rampart High School back in the 1980’s, I respected him tremendously not only for his professionalism but also for his kindness. He was a role model for teachers and an inspiration for students. Know that we are thinking of and praying for your family at this sad time. Beth Cutter

  3. I was saddened to read of Deryl’s passing. As a fellow teacher at Rampart High School back in the 1980’s, I respected him tremendously not only for his professionalism but also for his kindness. He was a role model for teachers and an inspiration for students. Know that we are thinking of and praying for your family at this sad time. Beth Cutter

  4. Ken & Boys,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad/Grandpa. Please know that we are here for you if you need family to reach out to during this difficult time. Love, JJ, Derek & Kids

  5. Ken & Boys,
    You are in our thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry for the loss of your Dad/Grandpa. Please know that we are here for you if you need family to reach out to during this difficult time. Love, JJ, Derek & Kids

  6. You are all in our prayers and thoughts as you go through this difficult time. Michele, Rob, Ashley, and Lindsey.

  7. You are all in our prayers and thoughts as you go through this difficult time. Michele, Rob, Ashley, and Lindsey.

  8. We are so sorry for your loss and sorry we could not get to the service. We love you all and will be with you in spirit today. I will make sure Dad calls you soon
    Love Lee and Cindy

  9. We are so sorry for your loss and sorry we could not get to the service. We love you all and will be with you in spirit today. I will make sure Dad calls you soon
    Love Lee and Cindy

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