Notice regarding Coronavirus...Read More

Our Family Serving Your Family For More Than 40 Years


Plan Ahead

Smith, Walden Dean


Dean Smith


Absent from the body, Present with the Lord

Final flight West Sunday, August 7, 2016


Dean was born on Sunday, March 3, 1935 in Fish Springs, Tennessee.  When he was 5, his family moved to Salida, Colorado for his Dad’s job with the D & R G W Railroad.  He wrote in a 6th grade class assignment that he wanted to be a pilot when he grew up.  He kept a copy of that paper.  He was a member of the Civil Air Patrol where he soloed in a J-3 cub.  After Dean graduated from Salida High School, he attended New Mexico A&M College in Las Cruces, New Mexico.  He was accepted into United States Air Force Aviation Cadet Pilot Training class 59-H and began Basic Training in March, 1958 at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas.  He then went to Graham Air Force Base in Marianna, Florida for training in T-28’s and T-34’s where he met a tall, blonde student nurse.  He asked her to dance while the music playing was “Stars Fell on Alabama”.  His next assignment was Reese Air Force Base in Lubbock, Texas for training in T-33’s, where he earned his wings on June 10, 1959.  Then ten days later, he married that student nurse.  He was assigned to Harlingen Air Force Base to fly the Navigator Training program in T-29’s. Their son, David, was born there in October, 1960.  Dean was then assigned to James Connolly Air Force Base in Waco, Texas to continue the Navigator Training Program.  Their son, Kevin, was born there in August, 1964.  He joined Braniff Airlines July 1, 1965 in Dallas, Texas.  He flew almost every type equipment Braniff had over his career – Convair-240 and -340, BAC-111, B-707, B-727, B-747, A320. The highlight of his pilot career was flying the Concorde from DFW to Washington, DC on scheduled flights, after training in Toulouse, France.  Since 1971, Dean was a member and Deacon at Northway Baptist Church. He served on several committees.

Dean is survived by his wife, of 57 years, Dottie; their son, Kevin and daughter in law, Vicki; daughter in law, Jana; granddaughter, Allison Fields, and her husband, TJ Fields; great grandson, Thomas Fields III; grandson, Andrew Smith; also survived by his favorite (only) mother in law, Myrtle DeLong; and several nieces and nephews.

Those preceding Dean to heaven are son, David; brother, Stewart; nephew, Michael Dean; and his parents, Paul and Velma.

Visitation will be on Thursday, August 11, 2016 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm in the Brooks Family Chapel of the North Dallas Funeral Home, 2710 Valley View Lane, Farmers Branch, Texas 75234.

Graveside Service will be on Friday, August 12, 2016 at 9:15 am at the DFW National Cemetery, 2000 Mountain Creek Parkway, Dallas, Texas 75211.

A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, August 13, 2016 at 2:00 pm at the Village at Northway Church, 3877 Walnut Hill Lane, Dallas, Texas 75229

In lieu of flowers, contributions to Texas Baptist Men Disaster Relief, 5351 Catron Drive Dallas, TX 75227 or your church would be greatly appreciated.

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

    Charles Fernandez
    13 Oct 2022

    My sincerest condolences to Dean’s family. It was my privilege in this life to have known Dean. He was such an outstanding person. This world is a less brighter place with his passing.

    Angie Beemon
    13 Oct 2022

    My heart goes out to the Smith family in their loss. May God bless you and keep you in His care.

Leave A Condolence

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Liza B.Dallas, TX
Read More
"I highly recommend this funeral home and crematorium; when I had to make and pay for my brother’s arrangements across state lines, Evelyn Montonya, in particular, demonstrated both compassion and professionalism and made a very sad and difficult situation much easier. Many thanks."
Gloria M.Dallas, TX
Read More
"The unexpected passing of my husband was a very difficult and trying time for my boys and I. I had the good fortune of having Abel walk us thru this process. Working with him was such a weight off my shoulders. He was professional, so polite and helpful. The service was beautiful – never did I feel rushed or like just another customer. They gave me the time I needed and I appreciate that so much! Also Mr. Brooks took special care of my husband as he is a fellow mason. I would highly recommend working with Abel and North Dallas Funeral Home."
Lance G.Dallas, TX
Read More
"Everyone at North Dallas Funeral Home was very professional, kind, and caring, in all steps of the process from the first phone call to the service held at their location. They help to make the process as easy and comforting in my opinion as to be expected, I would recommend their service to anyone. Thank You to everyone who helped me and my family. Sincerely,"
Jason H.Dallas, TX
Read More
"As soon as the call was made to Mr. Wayne Baxter all of my brothers final needs were taken care of. They walked me through what to expect the timeline and even dealt with the cemetery and the grave diggers. I was a hot mess due to my brothers sudden and unexpected passing. The experience was seamless and made it easy for my brother’s friends and family to say their last goodbyes. They even had the size to accommodate such a large group that showed up . The package deals that they offered were cost-effective and didn’t break my bank account. They included extras and accommodations that other funeral homes charged extra for. All the staff was amazing including Mr. Don Dodd . I can not thank them enough for all their help."
The Gillilands
The Gillilands[click to read more]
Read More
Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Thank you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


Get In Touch


Immediate Attention

Contact Us

North Dallas Funeral Home

Search Obituaries

Generic selectors
Exact matches only
Search in title
Search in content
Post Type Selectors

Important Information

    • When a Death has occurred please call us to make arrangements and to have one of our care team members assist you and your family immediately.

Toll-free: 1-800-300-1655
Local: 972-241-9100

    1. Click here to Download the Cremation Forms
    1. Have the cremation authorization form notarized
    1. Fax the forms back to us at:

Additional Information

Founder's Message

Dallas Funeral Planning