Tallan C. Smith

Tallan C. Smith

Tallan Smith, from Yankton, South Dakota, passed away on June 4, 2022 at the age of 27. Tallan was hospitalized on June 2 after being resuscitated from drowning. She spent the following days surrounded by family and friends. Tallan had chosen to be an organ donor and was able to provide others a better quality of life through her generousity. A special thank you to those who helped Tallan at the lake, the caring medical teams at Avera McKennan ICU and Lifesource, as well as Tallan's work family at RB Grillhouse in Yankton.

Tallan was born in 1994 in Rapid City, South Dakota to Roxie Harter then from Colome, South Dakota and Brady Knight from Winner, South Dakota. Roxie and Tallan moved to St. John, WA in 1998. In 1999, Tallan gained a beautiful additional family when Roxie and Steve Smith were married. Tallan completed grades K-12 in St. John. Tallan went to SDSU the following yeat and then lived in Washington, Colorado and California before moving back to South Dakota. Within each community, Tallan made life-long friends because of her fun, accepting, and loving personality. Tallan was working at RB Grillhouse at the time of her passing and was blessed with an amazing work family there.

Many simple pleasures in life brought joy to Tallan. She especially loved scary movies, caring for any and all animals, collecting tattoos and spending time with her family and friends. Tallan enjoyed the art of makeup and hair; she especially loved Halloween. As a kid, she entertained her family with the many plays she wrote and directed using her younger sister and cousins as the cast. Her beautiful smile and belly laugh were infectious and she loved to talk your ear off from the time she was a toddler.

Tallan will hold a special place in all our hearts. We will always remember her as the kind, funny, adorable, ridiculously photogenic, big hearted, Sunny-in-Philly quoting, Buffy the Vampire watching, Harry Potter obsessed, animal lover she was. She was uniquely fearless like a lion and scared of her own shadow at the same time. Most impotantly, Tallan loved big......always.

Tallan is survived by her parents, Steve and Roxie Smith and Sister Maggie of St. John, WA; her father Brady Knight of Vermillion, SD; her brothers Griffen Knight of Omaha, NE and Jacob Knight of Avon, SD, her Grandmothers Lisa Knight and Willa Kindt of Avon, SD; her Grandfather and Grandmother, Don and LaVonne Ring of Colome, SD; her Grandmother Kay Smith of St. John, WA; her boyfriend Steve Koster of Yankton, SD; as well as many additional loving family members and more friends than one can imagine. We will kepp your love, your kindness, and your compassion for others alive. You left your mark on all those who knew you. We are your new legacy of love.