Oklahoma mourns the loss of AJ Smith, editor of the Oklahoma Cowman
The week of July 20 marked the 57th anniversary of the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Convention and trade show held annually in Oklahoma City, Okla. It will be forever remembered as the last convention a great man known as AJ Smith attended. Smith passed just moments after addressing the General Business Meeting July 25. He had been battling a very valiant fight with cancer for the past several years.
Smith began his career with the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association in 1984 as the editor of the Oklahoma Cowman which he quickly developed into a nationally recognized cattle producer magazine. During his career he wrote 294 plus editorials, countless feature stories, edited the articles of the all the Cattleman and CattleWoman presidents, took thousands and thousands of pictures, traveled the state providing ring service for commercial and purebred sales and helped to organize ranch tours.
During his tenure Smith was awarded numerous awards and honors for his contributions to the industry. Some of those included: Animal Science Recognition Award, Beef Master Appreciation Award, OSU Animal Science Graduate of Distinction Award, the Oklahoma Hereford Association Heritage Award, the Oklahoma Youth Expo Show Honoree Award and the Honorary Oklahoma CattleWoman of the Year award. He was also inducted into the Oklahoma Angus Hall of fame and served as President of the Southwest American Livestock Foundation. However the honors that he held dearest were husband, father and granddad. Smith was very dedicated to his family.
Smith was a man of optimism, wisdom and humility. He worked tirelessly for the Oklahoma Cattlemen and women as well as the entire Beef Industry. He was the John Wayne of our industry, "honest and true" to the end." He will be forever loved and remembered by all who knew him.
A scholarship fund is being set up to provide scholarships to his grandchildren. If you would like to donate, contact the Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association at 405-235-4391 or mail donations to P.O. Box 82395, Oklahoma City, OK 73148.
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