David James Smith, son of Mary Jane McWilliams and Leonard Smith and step parents John Jones and Olga Smith, the middle child to sister Kristen and brother Daniel, was born and raised in Frederick. He was part of a loving and extended family; he was a caring son, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, and friend. David found his love of sports early in life. He began wrestling at age 4 and played basketball throughout his elementary and middle school years. During his high school years at Frederick High, his athletic abilities flourished and he wrestled, played lacrosse, football, and soccer. He then discovered the world of golf.
David’s college years included time at Salisbury University and East Carolina University (ECU). David joined the Marine Corps Reserves in 2003. His first tour of duty was in Iraq in 2006-2007 with the 4th Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, Bravo Company of Frederick, Maryland. He returned to ECU after this tour and was working toward a degree in Distribution and Logistics with an anticipated graduation in 2011. In October of 2009, David was deployed to Afghanistan. He was gravely injured by a suicide bomber on Jan. 23rd, 2010. and died of his injuries on Jan.26th, in Landstuhl Germany.
David loved life and living it to its fullest. He is remembered for a great sense of humor and an infectious laugh. He had a commanding presence evident to those around him. He was a devoted soul who cared about everyone in his life and had a way of bringing out the best in each of them. When you became his friend, you remained his friend.
Most of all David was a Marine and a patriot. He loved the Marine Corps, was honored and proud to serve his country, and was planning a military career utilizing his college degree.
The Sgt. David James Smith Memorial Golf Tournament raises funds to support an annual scholarship in David’s name for a graduating Frederick High School senior, and also supports the needs of our veterans and our local community. The scholarship is administered through The Community Foundation of Frederick County. The tournament is organized by David’s family and friends and is held at Musket Ridge Golf Club. The Sgt. David J. Smith Memorial Fund is our way of honoring David; We know he would be proud.