LaRoy W. Smith

April 26, 1942October 30, 2012

LaRoy W. Smith was born on April 26, 1942 to Alyce and Roy Smith in Liberty, Texas. He grew up in the small rural community of Tarkington Prairie where his grandfather had established a small country store. He was surrounded by his aunts, uncles, cousins and his grandfather; all of whom played a key role in his childhood. He attended Tarkington Prairie High School where he graduated at the top of his class with honors. After high school he went to College Station, Texas to attend Texas A&M University where he later received a degree in Electrical Engineering. with his diploma in hand, he went to work for NASA at Clear Lake City, Texas and worked on some of the early space explorations. He was privileged to work for two Fortune 500 Companies, IBM and Wells Fargo. On March 21, 2002 LaRoy was diagnosed with early on-set of Alzheimer's. As his world grew smaller, he picked up his camera and began to capture the beauty of the desert and the Tucson sunsets.

LaRoy is survied by: Bettie J. Smith, his wife and high school sweetheart.

Three children: Carol Smith of, Tucson, Airzona, Chris Smith of, Aspen Colorado and Jennifer Carriere of Tucson Airzona.

Six Grandchildren: Nicholas and Gina Stanghellini Hayden, Hope, Halle and Hudson O'Leary.

In lieu of flowers the family has requested that donations be made to the Miracle Center P.O. Box 30308 Tucson, Airzona 85751-0308. The Miracle Center is a non-profit organization that works with homeless women in the Tucson community.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, November 3, 2012

LaRoy W. Smith

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Kathy & Mickie Bollfrass

March 5, 2013

So sorry to hear of Buzz's passing. I know sometimes these are mixed blessings not wanting to keep a loved one in limbo when Alzheimer's is a part of the equation with the long goodbye. We have so many positive and warm memories of the entire family, esp times in Houston as the kids were growing up together. May God grant you peace and serenity within his plan for this time of grieving.

Margaret Hammack Elkins

November 8, 2012

What a wonderful family. So many memories of Alyce , Frenchy and Buzzy. Prayers for all the family.

November 3, 2012

Bettie, My sincere sympathy to you and your family. You are in my thoughts and prayers. God's blessings to you and your family always.

Wanda "WD" (whiddon) Bridges

Melissa Wisdom Horn

November 2, 2012

Aunt Bettie & family,

My heart goes out to you & your family for your loss. You are in my thoughts & prayers. I pray that the Lord will wrap his loving arms around you & give you peace that surpasses all understanding (Philippians 4:7)

Love you all,

Lonnie & Carole Blake

November 1, 2012

Bettie, Carole and I pray God's peace and comfort upon you and your family. Our sympathy goes out to you.

November 1, 2012

Bettie, Many memories of Bussy in school, prayer for you and your family.
Jonan Barnett Eberlan

Leon Wells

November 1, 2012

Bettie and family,
Our sincere sympathy over the loss of will be much in our thoughts and prayers in the days and God's comfort....Leon and Faye

November 1, 2012

Larry And Darlene Whitmire May god bless you will be missed.