Heroin Memorial - 2015/01/07 - Damien Smith - Age 37 yrs - Central Lake, Michigan


2015/01/07 - Damien Smith - Age 37 yrs - Central Lake, Michigan

Submitted by: Robin Sommer - Parent

Name: Damien Smith
State:  Michigan, 49622
Date of Passing: 01/07/2015
Date of Birth: 12/9/1977
Age: 37 

Tell Us About Them:

Damien was an amazing athlete in high school. He played in a men's basketball league for many years and fought in the cage in a fight league. He would be the first to fight a family or friend's battle for them. He was also a very loving, patient father to two beautiful little girls. He was a roofer by trade and would share job site pictures from rooftops overlooking scenic lakes from "his office window". He loved sports, telling jokes, fishing, family bonfires and watching his little girls grow and learn. He loved a good steak dinner and pineapple upside down cake.

Tell Us About Their Struggles With Addiction:

I believe he became addicted to opiates when he broke his jaw in a fight and was prescribed narcotics after having surgery to wire his jaw closed. He survived an overdose in his late 20s, and spent a year and a half in prison on a drug charge. He met his daughter for the first time in prison. He wrote letters home about taking responsibility for his mistakes and starting a new life caring for his daughter. He had a family who loved him fiercely and two little girls who thought the world of him, but he lost his battle on a cold, wintry night to a fetanol/heroin overdose.

What Made Them Smile?

Watching his little girls have fun, sharing stories and jokes with his friends and family.

What Do You Miss the Most About Them?

I miss his huge bear hugs, his chuckle, and stroll through the kitchen with his "hey ma" greeting while he looks for something good to eat. I miss watching him love on his children and playfully tease his girlfriend.

If You Had a Chance to Say One More Thing to Your Angel What Would It Be?

I wish I knew how to save him. I loved him all his earthly life and will miss him the rest of mine. I am so grateful for the greatest gift he ever gave me, his two beautiful daughters, and how they remind me so much of him.


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