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Funeral Notices

DAVID MICHAEL HOLMES-SMITH November 25, 1955 June 16, 2023 Age 67, of Bowie, AZ, husband, father, musician, artist, writer, cabinet-maker, educator and ordained minister, passed from this world to the next on June 16, 2023. He was 67. He is survived by his wife Kathleen Holmes-Smith of 34 years, daughters Ashley Falconer, Edinburgh, Scotland, Kelly Leilani Holmes-Smith, Honolulu, Hawaii, Jennifer Puanani Holmes-Smith, London, England, and Holly Malia Grissom; sons Justin Holmes-Smith, Prescott, Arizona and Jonathan Holmes-Smith, Fayetteville, Arkansas, as well as his father, Norman Kenneth Smith, Kealia, Hawaii, siblings Kathryn Davis, Whitley City, Kentucky, Deborah Montrond, Kealia, Hawaii, Kristine Smith, Cookeville, Tennessee, Karen Potten, Ocean View, Hawaii, Cynthia Smith, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, Jonathan Smith, Greenville, Tennessee, half-sister Caroline Hayes, Eugene, Oregon, and step-brother Joshua Omwake, Keahou, Hawaii, plus their spouses and numerous nieces and nephews and their children. His mother, Joanne Jackman Smith Chace predeceased him in 2005. David was born in Whittier, CA but moved with his family to Kona, Hawaii where he graduated from Konawaena High School in 1974. He was a gifted singer, guitarist and flutist. As a Christian missionary with Youth with a Mission (YWAM) in Kona, he travelled through Europe in the ’70’s on a special tour with singer/actor Pat Boone and actor Dean Jones. He and Kathleen were married April 15, 1989 in St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Honolulu and he later graduated from the University of Hawaii, Manoa, in the Performing Arts as well as earning a Master’s in Educational Administration. He danced ballet and provided technical support for Ballet Hawaii as a college student. He wrote and produced a musical called the “Tabernacle Liturgy” that was popular in area Episcopal churches because of audience participation. He also earned a Master’s in Information Systems from Hawaii Pacific University and a Doctorate in Theology from Saint Zadok Seminary, Sandomir, Poland. He was later active in Civil Air Patrol in a variety of volunteer roles including Wing Chaplain of the 66th Composite Squadron at Hickam Air Force Base. He taught computer classes at many local Hawaii schools as well as for the Department of Defense in Sasebo, Japan. He retired to Bowie, AZ where he made harps and worked on many projects of interest on his farm. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Heart Association. His final advice would be resoundingly, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved!”