Jack Donald Smith Sr.
Jack Donald Smith Sr., passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 16, 2011, in Baton Rouge at the age of 86. He was surrounded by his wife of 50 years, Betty, friends and family.
Mr. Jack, as he was fondly called by many, was a resident of the Tri-City area for more than 25 years. He was a past member of the board of directors of the Chamber of Commerce and was a charter member of the Morgan City Petroleum Club.
A native of Pelham, Ga., Mr. Jack was loved by all who knew him.
He served in the U.S. Army during World War II, fought in the Battle of the Bulge, and was a P.O.W. He received the Bronze Star for Meritorious Achievement, and numerous other ribbons and medals for his service.
After the war, Mr. Jack, while living in Jacksonville, Fla., became a commercial diver. He was a member of the ADCI Commercial Diving Hall of Fame, and was awarded the John B. Galletti Memorial Award in 1994. This Memorial Award is given annually by the Association of Diving Contractors to publicly recognize a professional in the industry who has provided substantial contributions toward making the commercial diving industry a better and safer environment in which to work. Mr. Jack was just such a person and the ADCI took great pride and a deep satisfaction in being able to honor him in this prestigious fashion.