Doug Smith

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Doug Smith passed away January 16, 2019. A time of fellowship and remembrance is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, January 22, 2019, at Lake Ridge Chapel and Memorial Designers. Family and friends will gather to celebrate his life of 50 years at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at Green Lawn Church of Christ.

Arthur Douglas Smith, known as Doug to all, was born on March 21, 1968, to Terry Smith and Jane “Jani” Kownslar Gogan in Snyder, Texas. Doug married Katrina Byrd Smith on March 14, 1992, in Midlothian, Texas. Doug was born and raised in Snyder, TX. He graduated from Snyder High School in 1987. After attending Western Texas College for a semester he transferred to Abilene Christian University. When Desert Storm broke he enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve.

In January 1993 he started Lubbock Christian University to finish his degree in Education. In the fall of that year he was awarded the honor of 1994 Fall LCU Student Teacher of the Year and completed his Bachelor’s Degree in Education from LCU. He began his teaching career in January 1995 at Parkway Elementary. In August of 1997 he became an Instructional Facilitator at Parkway Elementary and the following year he became an Instructional Specialist at Parkway. In May of 1999 he received his Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech. In August of 2001 Doug became the Assistant Principal of Bennett Intermediate. In the fall of 2002 he became the principal of Crestview Elementary.

In January 2003 he was activated for duty in Iraq with the U.S. Marine Corps as a Sergeant. He spent 7 months overseas before returning in July of 2003.

In the fall of 2009 he had the distinct honor of opening Oak Ridge Elementary as its first principal. He was very active in TEPSA, an educational organization for principals and administrators. He served as the Treasurer, Secretary, vice-President and finally President of the local TEPSA chapter. In 2015 he was selected as the TEPSAN of the Year. Also in 2015 he became the Director of Special Education for Frenship ISD. He was working on his Superintendent’s Certification at LCU at the time of his death.

Doug was first and foremost a man of God! His faith was the only thing he cherished more than his family. Doug was very proud to be a Marine, and serve his country! Being a Marine was a big part of who he was. Doug LOVED being a Frenship Tiger! He worked with the radio crew keeping stats for the varsity football games from 2010-2016, and he loved his Frenship family! He was so proud of his 2 daughters and son! He would have moved Heaven and Earth for them. He was a loving husband to Katrina for almost 27 years.

Survivors include his wife, Katrina Smith; their children, Kirsten Grace Smith, Reagan Alexandra Smith, and Luke Arden Smith; father, Terry Lee Smith and wife, Billie; mother, Jani Gogan; siblings, Linda Wells and husband, Earnest; Anna Villarreal; Tonya Gentry and husband, Robert; best friend, Brad Holcomb and wife, Heather Holcomb; mother-in-law, Shirley Byrd.

He was preceded in death by his son, Isaac Thomas Smith in 2000; paternal grandparents, A. P. Smith and wife, Virginia in 2005; and father-in-law, Robert Byrd, who died in 2009.


6 thoughts on “Doug Smith”

  1. Words cannot express the sadness and emptiness at your passing. The one consolation I have is that we will meet again at the resurrection. Semper Fi, brother. Rest easy……..we have the watch.

    Katrina, Reagan, Kirsten, Luke…….please accept my most heartfelt and sincere condolences for your loss. You are in my constant thoughts and prayers.

  2. Ellen Desrosiers

    Ray & I send our love and prayers to you & your family. I consider Doug a good friend and have great respect for him. He was truly one of the best educators I’ve ever encountered. His selfless, giving nature infused his teaching practices to allow him to evolve into a remarkable teacher and administrator. His continuous desire to learn was an earmark of his professionalism…and he encouraged that in others. He was (and continues to be) an inspiration to all. The world will miss his gentle soul…

  3. To the Smith family,

    I’m so sorry for your loss of Doug. I had not seen Doug in several years; we taught together at Parkway, and I’ve been retired for almost ten years. He was an outstanding young educator and a Godly man. May God continue to support and sustain your family.

    With sincere condolences,
    Linda Gibson

  4. To Jani and family, so very sorry to learn of your loss. Thoughts and prayers are with you.

  5. Doug Smith was one of a kind. Constantly smiling, always positive and helpful. I remember him most when I first met him as Crestview Elementary Principal. I represented Peoples Bank and how we wished to be involved with the school. He was excited and supportive of all our offers and endeavors. While I’m sad with his passing, I know where he is and will always look forward to seeing and talking with him there. A firm and strong personality for our Lord, his family, school children, and the Marines. He will be missed but always remembered.

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