Glen Leon Smith was born on May 16, 1944 in El Dorado, Arkansas. He is survived by his wife Kathleen (Kathy) Logan Smith; his three sons and their families: Clayton Scott Smith of Fort Worth, Texas, his wife Melanie, and children, Kaleigh, Ian, and Aiden; Sandy Thomas Smith of Richardson, Texas, and his wife Julie, their children, Brandon and Megan; and Tory Glen Smith of Grapevine and his wife Amanda (Mandy), and their children, Avery and Camden; as well as Glen's former spouse, Jana Carroll Smith of Grapevine.
Glen is also survived by a sister, Debra Louise Smith Hanry of Ovilla, Texas, and her husband, Mike, and daughter, Ashley Hanry Kang. He is also survived by Kathy's two sons, Kevin and Colby, and their families. He is preceded in death by his father, Glen Leon Smith, Sr., and mother, Claire Louise Howard Smith, both of Dallas, Texas.
Glen, 75, passed away at Charlton Methodist Medical Center of Dallas, Texas, on April 25, 2020 of the complications of interstitial pulmonary fibrosis. Kathy, his loving wife of 12 years, was by his side, as he journeyed into his next life.
Golf was Glen's lifelong passion. He was his high school's Golf Team Captain. He was a longstanding member of Thorntree Country Club, where he was on the Board of Directors for a year, and where he developed many deep and lasting friendships. Thorntree was the location of many family events and milestones such as birthdays, Christmases, and Easters, a showcase for their combined musical families, and his wedding to Kathy.
From the time he was a child, he loved water sports. He became a standout swimmer and in 1962 was named All-City Swim Champion. He learned to water ski during high school and some of his favorite times were family campouts to Lake Grapevine where everyone would ski all day, then grill hamburgers and hot dogs. In 2019 he and Kathy found their dream home at Cedar Creek Lake, a place where he derived much pleasure seeing his kids and grandkids ski, drive the jet skis, and swim.
Country music was a vital part of his life, and he and Kathy traveled to hear original artists and, above all, listen to their boys singing and playing the guitar. They entertained him with many performances both at Thorntree and at various events. They were regulars at music festivals from Red River, New Mexico, to Lukenbach, Texas. Their wedding was a true family affair with Kathy's sons (the Logan Brothers) providing music for their wedding, and Sandy singing Billy Joel's "I Love You Just the Way You Are" at their wedding reception. These were some of the proudest moments of his life.
Glen and Kathy were perfectly matched with their shared love of golf, music, and travel, and devotion to family. They made annual trips over the years with friends and family to Cabo, Mexico, where they owned a timeshare, to Trent Jones Trail, and to Edgewood at Lake Tahoe, among others. They golfed with friends in Cabo, Palm Springs, California, and Hot Springs Village.
Nothing meant more to Glen than his family--his wife Kathy, three boys, seven grandchildren, and his sister Debby. Family get-togethers, holidays, birthdays, and supporting his kids were his happiest times. Glen was always the center of every get-together with his sharp sense of humor, easy charisma, enthusiasm for everything he did, and boundless love of life.
We, his family, are unable to express the vast emptiness we feel at his loss. He was our center, our guide, and our rock. More than missing him, our hearts are filled with joy to have known him and to know he is no longer suffering. Glen was a Christian, so his body is now restored to full health and, at least in our hearts, he is somewhere playing golf, awaiting the glorious day he is again joined with his family.