Ed D. Smith
Former Motley County Judge Ed D. Smith, humorist, writer, community leader and friend, died June 19, 2019, at UMC Lubbock. He was born February 1, 1942, at McDonald Camp, Matador Ranch, Matador, Texas, to William Earl “Ed D.” and Kathleen Cavitt Smith. He worked as a cowboy for Matador Ranch, Swenson Ranch, Reynolds Cattle Company, 6666 Ranch and Pitchfork Ranch.
“I was saved by Grace with the help of Bryant Hill, a Baptist preacher, in 1973,” he said. He was a member of the First Baptist Church, Matador, TX.
Following graduation from Matador High School in 1960, Ed D. attended Tarleton State College in Stephenville for one semester and Texas Tech University for one year, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pi Fraternity. Later, he attended Monterey Peninsula College in Monterey, CA. He graduated from Hartness College, Salinas, CA, with an associate’s degree in Administration of Justice. He served two years in the US Army at Hunter Liggett Military Reserve, Jolon, CA, as a Sergeant in the Military Police.
Ed D. married Patricia A. Acosta July 28, 1967, in Seaside, CA, raising three daughters, Alicia Davis, Reno, Nevada; Anne Rounsville, Austin, Tx, and Lisa Acosta of Marysville, CA. After almost 47 years of marriage, Patricia “Pat” Smith died June 20, 2014. He married Betty K. Roberts in Matador TX, on June 11, 2016.
Ed D. said, “I have had as many jobs and careers as some folks have socks.” His extensive work history consisted of four years as a Civil Service fireman at Ft. Ord, CA; 5-1/2 years with Monterey County, California Sheriff’s Department; four years in South Lake Tahoe, CA, Police Department, as a patrolman; four years in real estate sales and appraisal in Lake Tahoe, California/Nevada.
He moved back to Texas in September 1983, where he worked for the Lubbock Central Appraisal District (LCAD) as a field appraiser in real property. He was promoted to Appraisal Coordinator in 1986, serving a total of 18 years (15 years as a Supervisor). He retired in February 2002, as a Registered Professional Appraiser.
In 2001, just prior to his retirement from LCAD, he was appointed as Motley County Judge where he served more than nine years, retiring January 1, 2011.
Ed D. served on many committees, clubs, and organizations, including Chairman of the Juvenile Board, 110th Judicial District; Chairman of the Board at Caprock Community Action Association; Board member of the Titus Foundation; and President of the Board of Friends of the Historic Motley County Jail. He served as a member of the South Plains Association of Governments, Matador Lions Club, and America Legion. He earned an Advanced Peace Officer’s Certificate from the State of California; and real estate licenses in California, Nevada and Texas.
He is survived by his wife, Betty; his daughters, and his Roberts-Smith extended family, consisting of Kelly McCall (Sherri), Kip McCall (Jill); and Tanya Griswold; nine grandchildren and one great-grandson.
Funeral service was held at 10:00 a.m., Monday, June 24, 2019 at First Baptist Church in Matador. Interment followed at East Mound Cemetery in Matador. Visitation was from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Sunday, June 23, 2019, at First Baptist Church in Matador. Arrangements are under the personal care of Moore Rose Funeral Home in Floydada.
Memorials may be sent to East Mound Cemetery, Senior Citizens, Motley County Library, Friends of Motley County Historic Jail, or a charity of your choice.
Online condolences may be made at www.moore-rose.com.