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Les Smith

Thursday, September 20, 2018
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Leslie Lawrence Smith — best known simply as “Les” to the ever-expanding list of acquaintances and friends upon whom he never failed to make a strong impression — passed away in Temple on Sept. 4, 2018.

Graveside services were held Friday, Sept. 7, in Ector County Cemetery in Odessa with Rev. Clydel Chapman officiating.

Leslie was born in Odessa on Sept. 11, 1944, to W.J. “Buddy” Smith and Lucille Smith. He graduated from Ector High School in 1963 and married his lifelong sweetheart the same year.

Leslie was a devoted Christian, faithful husband, loving father, tireless entrepreneur, stellar baseball player, passionate Dallas Cowboys fan — and probably most importantly to him — the best “grandpa” the world has ever seen. He is now reunited with a beloved son, Randy.

Leslie is survived by his wife of 55 years, Gail Smith; son Ricky Smith and wife Colleen; grandsons Collin and Luke Smith; granddaughters Rachael and Alexis; and a host of nieces, nephews and in-laws, whom he loved dearly. Thank you for a life well-lived, Les.

Arrangements are entrusted to Sunset Memorial Gardens and Funeral Home. To send family condolences, please sign his guestbook at