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David James Schmidt

Oct. 25, 1947 – Dec. 26, 2019

 

January 1, 2020

David James Schmidt, 72, of Foster passed away Thursday, Dec. 26, 2019.

He was born Oct. 25, 1947 in San Diego, Calif. to Edward Charles and Patricia Jean (Barnes) Schmidt. He was in the United States Marine Corps from 1966 to 1972.

David was a Vietnam combat veteran and was awarded the Purple Heart medal, National Defense Medal, Vietnam Campaign medal, and the Presidential Unit Citation. He served in the Air Force National Guard for 20 years achieving the rank of Master Sergeant.

Throughout his life, David lived in San Diego and San Ysidro, Calif.; Murray, Utah; Whitehall, Mont.; and Foster. In his younger years he worked as a firefighter in California, a machinist for Chrysler Corp, a welder and machinist in Utah.

He enjoyed fishing, daily walks at Sunnyside Park, splitting wood, and making bonfires.

David is survived by his wife, Susan Schmidt; daughters Marie Hill of Boise, Idaho and Marlene Rieck of Phoenix, Ariz.; son Jacob Schmidt of Foster; siblings Katie and Bob Johanson of Centennial, Colo., Barbara and Bill Bottoms of San Diego, and Daniel and Kathy Schmidt of Hayden Lake, Idaho; grandchildren Kyle Smith, Brandy Hill, Amber Viayra, Derrik Smith, Michael Kim, Andrew Kim, Asia Kim, Mason Rieck, Ethan Schmidt: great-grandson: Odin David Smith, London, and Baby Viayra on the way.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Michele Renea Schmidt; brother, Christopher Schmidt.

Memorial contributions can be made in his name to the Purple Heart Association.

Sweet Home Funeral Chapel is handling the arrangements.

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