2201 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401
John David Smith (59) of Lubbock, Texas, passed away peacefully at home on July 20th after a valiant 14-month battle with cancer.
John was born on September 21, 1961, in Boerne, Texas, to James David Smith, Sr. and Loleen Adams Smith. John was the 4th of 5 busy siblings he loved very much. At a young age he contracted polio that permanently damaged his right leg and right eye. John bravely endured multiple surgeries at the Texas Scottish Rite Hospital to repair the nerves in his eye, correct the shape of his leg, and gain the ability to walk unassisted. As a kid he would ride his bike all over Kerrville, TX and if he was told he couldn’t do something, he went ahead and proved that wrong. John was active in auto mechanics class and played trombone in the Tivy High School marching band until he graduated in 1980.
In 1982 John married the love of his life, Allyson. They had many wonderful years together, always building a community that cared for others in every circle they knew and loved. They raised two children and have spent the last few years spending time with and loving on their 4 grandchildren.
John worked for the Highway Department (TXDOT) for 30 years where he was known as “Big John”. He spent 20 years as a heavy equipment mechanic and 10 years as the shop coordinator/foreman of the Lubbock District. After his retirement he earned a degree in live sound engineering from South Plains College and started a second career driving the tour bus and running sound for rock/worship band, Thirty-Nine Thoughts. He continued to install sound systems, rebuild speakers and cables, and run sound for churches, businesses, and organizations all around Lubbock until he passed.
John continued to make music throughout his life. He was active in the choir and orchestra of First Baptist Church, First Church of the Nazarene, and Indiana Ave Baptist Church throughout his years in Lubbock. John sang baritone in an acapella group, 7 Under Grace, with close friends for many years. They led worship in churches, sang the national anthem at sporting events, and recorded songs together. John was particularly proud of his time spent in the Texas Tech Trombone choir traveling across the US and playing large concerts and winning several awards. He also enjoyed playing in the pep band for Texas Tech home basketball games during the Christmas season.
John had a gift for understanding anything mechanical and built, rebuilt, modified, and repaired more cars, trucks, vehicles, appliances, and R/C planes, cars, and helicopters than anyone could count. He was always willing to help diagnose a problem or fix something for anyone who needed help.
John was kind, friendly, dependable, hard-working, tough, and loved his family tenaciously.
John is survived by his wife, Allyson. Son, Jeff and wife, Meagan and their children Cora, Hank, Walt, and Etta, and his daughter, Jenny. His siblings, JD Smith and wife, Karie of Junction, Charlene Thompson of Kerrville, Leann Cravey and husband, Dennis of Kerrville, and many more wonderful cousins, nieces, and nephews.
John is preceded in death by his mother, father, stepfather, J.E. Stevens, brother, Gordon Smith, and brother-in-law, Jimmie Thompson.
A celebration of John’s life will be held at First Baptist Church in Lubbock on Friday, July 23rd at 2pm.