Paul Duane Smith

Paul Duane Smith


Smith, Paul obitPaul Duane Smith born August 2, 1934 of Oklahoma City (but spent most of his life in Edmond) went to be with his parents Emzy Raymond and Cynthia Jewel Smith and siblings Betty Collier, Raymond Smith Jr., William Smith and Norma Cole on March 19, 2013.

Paul is survived by his wife Lois; children Cindy Powell and husband Tom, Gail Vance and husband Jeff, Debbie Smith and Paula Crowder and husband Mike; five grandchildren Brian, Julie and Greg Glenn and Tony and Victoria Powell; three great grandchildren Dylan, Shelbee and Carter Glenn; first wife Barbara Belcher and many cherished nieces, nephews, friends and associates.

Paul graduated from Central High School and served in the Army Reserve for eight years and became a registered professional land surveyor. Although he worked as a surveyor he dedicated his life to family, music and various youth groups. He was an accomplished musician who played the trumpet in various polka bands at Czech Hall in Yukon, OK for 55 years. He was an avid fisherman and also enjoyed taking time to play golf and visit the various casinos. Paul had a passion for life and a monumental sense of humor.

To those closest to him, time seemed too short but he lived a full, happy life filled with music and love.

Services for Paul will be held at 1:00 pm on Saturday, March 23rd at Matthews Funeral Home Chapel with interment to take place at 3:30 pm at Resthaven Cemetery in Oklahoma City.

“Parents are like shuttles on a loom. They join the threads of the past with the threads of the future and leave their own bright patterns as they go.” -Mr. Rogers

10 thoughts on “Paul Duane Smith”

  1. This was such a shock to me. You will be missed Paul I will never ever hear a polka song that I don’t think of you Danced to so many of your dances at Check hall I know Jan will be so glad to see you in heaven You all can tell many a tale

  2. Gordon Johnson

    I knew Paul form the surevying family and I worked with his Brother Ray in the early 1070’s. I will miss visiting with Paul at the Surveyor’s Conferences and wirh his family my sincere condolenses.

    Gordon Johnson
    Perry, Ok

  3. David Anderson

    I never failed to see Paul without a smile on his face. He was always gracious and a true gentleman, and I will miss him.

  4. Leroy Wallace

    So sorry to learn of Paul’s passing. My deepest sympathy to the family. Paul and I played in the highschool and reserve bands together and we have talked a few times over the years. He even played with my band “The Flying High Band” at the “Peidmont Frontier Days” a few years ago. I allways enjoyed my association with Paul , he was a very pleasant person.

  5. Mark Spearman

    Paul not only made everyone laugh he ever met but he saved a life as well…my life. I’m sure Cindy and Gail and Barbara remember that day. If he made a nickel for everyone he made laugh in his life and gave it to the USA…..which he would….there would be no hunger…poverty…or National Debt. He taught me how to play trumpet…read and learn music and golf and how to live life with happiness and laughter and full of zest. God blessed him.

  6. Sandra Cahill (Mrs. Charles F. Cahill)

    Paul was highly thought of by my husband Charles and my son Danny. He worked well with them and was respected for his integrity. Charles will enjoy greeting him in heaven and he will not be forgotten by anyone who knew him. My condolences are extended to his family and I know how much you will miss him.

  7. I remember my father driving us over to Paul’s house when I was a tot to pick up prints and drafting jobs he would do for us. He was always smiling and ready to crack a joke to bring the mood up! As I grew older and became a Land Surveyor myself, it was always a joy to be in contact with Paul over the years. My father, Charlie Cahill, passed away about 1 1/2 years ago, and now I read that Paul had passed also. All I can say is that the OSLS Convention will not be the same when I don’t hear Paul’s voice, but he will be there in spirit.

    Danny Cahill, RPLS1470

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