David L. Smith, 79, a long-time resident of Fort Myers Beach, passed away on Dec. 23, 2010, at his son's home in Virginia after a battle with cancer.
He is survived by his wife, Cherie, of Fort Myers Beach; three children, Victoria, Wyatt and Gregory; a brother, Scott; seven grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.
He was a natural born aviator, retiring from both the U.S. Navy and as a Captain with United Airlines. His legacy will be proudly carried through many generations. All your friends and family are going to miss you fiercely. In our hearts, you will always be our "Top Gun."
Memorial services will be determined at a later date. Donations can be made to the Disabled Veterans Association, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250.