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Glen R. Smith

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Glen R. Smith, age 72, passed away at the family home on Sunday morning, June 4, 2017. A graveside burial service will be held on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at 10:30 a.m., in Elida, NM. A tribute of Glen’s life may be found at andersonbethany.com where you may leave memories and expressions of sympathy for his family.
On February 13, 1945, Glen was born in a ranch house near Elida, NM, to Joe and Maxine (Miller) Smith, both of Roosevelt County pioneer families. Glen graduated from Elida High School in 1962, then attended ENMU, where he was a member of Delta Sigma Pl Fraternity and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. Immediately after graduating college, he enlisted in the United States Army. Shortly after, he was selected for Officer Candidate School and received a commission in Fort Benning, GA, in 1968. Glen served as a Military Intelligence Office for the Army Security Agency from 1968 to 1970. After completing his military obligation, Glen returned to New Mexico, where he worked as an insurance adjuster until his retirement at the age of 62.
An avid gun enthusiast, Glen enjoyed selling and trading with his friends at local gun shows. He enjoyed spending free time on research and was considered by many to be an authority in several areas of gun collecting. Glen was a longtime member of Bethel Baptist Church and served as a deacon for several years.
Glen is survived by his wife of 48 years, Shirley (Kay) Smith; son, Joel and wife, Marti Smith of Roswell, NM; two daughters: LuCynda Smith of Roswell, NM, Kimberly and husband, Don Nason from Roswell, NM; eight grandchildren: Julie, Hunter, Colton Virden, Clay Virden, Sydnie Smith, Heidi Smith, Jodi Smith, Jacy Smith, Jaxon Smith; great-grandchildren: Jaiden, Cassie Rae Hunter; mother, Maxine Smith; and sister, Sherry Richardson.
Glen was preceded in death by his father, Joe Smith in 2007; and brother, Benny N. Smith in 2000.
This tribute was written in honor of Glen by his family.