Donald (Donnie) Kay Smith, osteopathic manual therapist, OMT, and “mountain man” passed away peacefully in his sleep, early morning, July 31, 2018, at his home on Glorieta Mesa, near Santa Fe. He was not ill. He was 71.
Don lived a strong and purposeful life. Don was born in Glendale, California on December 18, 1946 and grew up in Huntingdon Beach, California.
He began his career working for NASA. He had a voracious appetite for knowledge and unconventional wisdom. He became a dedicated lifelong student of Buckminster Fuller, world history, astronomy, philosophy and more.
He especially was drawn to the practice and study of osteopathic medicine and healing, inspired by how much it had helped him as a young adult. He began a lifetime of study, learning from some of the luminaries of the “golden era” of osteopathy. He took an unconventional route, studying in the manner of an apprentice rather than attending a conventional medical school. Don studied with some of the greatest osteopathic practitioners (Dr. Harold Magoun Sr., Dr. Fred Mitchell Jr, and others) but most importantly completed a 12 year clinical proctorship with the late Alfred L. Hurlbert, DO. Such was his skill that he later taught courses in osteopathic manipulation to qualified Doctors of Osteopathy. He taught courses in the USA, Canada, England and France. He was a guest lecturer at the British School of Osteopathy and the West Virginia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
Don loved books and several osteopathic greats bequeathed their libraries to Don. He acquired a vast knowledge of the history and techniques as well as the spirit of “old school“ Osteopathy.
Don also studied and practiced Anthroposophical medicine, a field of medicine which grew from Rudolf Steiner’s philosophy. He formulated his own highly effective ointments using Anthroposophic principals.
Don was a veritable Santa Fe character, known for his eccentricities. In addition to attending “mountain man” gatherings he could quote the predictions of Nostradamus and recite the Essene Gospels in Aramaic. Shakespeare and Abraham Lincoln’s and Martin Luther King’s speeches were other favorites of his to recite. . He collected and restored all kinds of artifacts from the old West. He was often seen around town, dressed in his Old West gear and would gladly instruct the curious as to the history he was wearing. He was fearless as regards to what people thought about him.
Don Smith was a living legend, generously sharing his knowledge, hands-on, of the golden era of osteopathy as well as the many other teachings entwined in his practice. But the spiritual, esoteric aspect of Don’s healing work was for him the most important. Bringing the light of Christ to the world was his true calling. He is survived by his beloved wife, Dr. Suzanne Smart .
A memorial service and celebration for Don will be held at Unity Church, 1212 Unity Way, Santa Fe, on Saturday, October 20, 2018 , at 2pm.
All are welcome.