Kemp is survived by his mother Virginia (Morrisett) Smith-Poss of Roswell and his brother, Ray ‘Buddy’ Smith of Edgewood, New Mexico and many friends.
Kemp is preceded in death by his father, Don C Smith, and grandmothers, Zula Mae Smith and Janie Morrisett.
Kemp attended Goddard High School in Roswell and the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
As a self-employed contractor, Kemp enjoyed designing and building homes. Kemp was always intrigued by life and learning. Kemp enjoyed reading and collecting unique items. Kemp always shared his home with numerous dogs and was devoted to caring for his canine family.
Per his wishes, Kemp’s remains will be cremated and a private memorial service will be held.
Donations in Kemp’s memory should be made to Watermelon Ranch Animal Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico.