Jul 31, 2009
by WLJ

A.J. Smith Jr.

A.J. Smith Jr., the 24-year editor of the Oklahoma Cowman magazine, knew of and was known by thousands of cattle producers in Oklahoma as well as other states.

Saturday, July 25, Smith suffered an aneurysm during the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association state convention in Midwest City, OK, and died. He was 68. Feb. 1, 1985, Smith was named editor of the Oklahoma Cowman magazine, the official publication of the Oklahoma Cattlemens Association. He wrote 295 editorials and countless feature stories, took thousands of pictures, planned numerous ranch tours, and traveled the country providing ring service at purebred and commercial cattle sales.

Smith was recognized with numerous honors and awards for his efforts and contributions to the nation’s cattle industry. He received the Oklahoma State University (OSU) Animal Science Recognition Award, Beefmaster Appreciation Award, OSU

Animal Science Graduate of Distinction Award, Oklahoma Hereford Association Heritage Award, Oklahoma Youth Expo Show Honoree Award, and Honorary Cattlewoman of the Year Award. He also was inducted into the Oklahoma Angus Hall of Fame and served as president of the Southwest American Livestock Foundation.

He is survived by his wife, Debra; his son, Aaron Smith, and daughterin-law, Staci Smith; daughter, Christel, and son-in-law, David Birk; and daughter, Jessi, and son-in-law, Mike Barnett, all of Tuttle.

A memorial service was scheduled for July 30 in the Express Ranch Show and Sale Barn at 2202 N. 11 in Yukon, OK. Memorial donations may be made to the A.J. Smith Memorial Scholarship Fund to benefit his grandchildren.

Donations may be made payable to Smith Fund and mailed to the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association, 2500 Exchange Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73108.