Most Excellent Grand High Priest

A tremendous loss for our masonry occurs when an companion releases his mortal coil and enters that house not made with hands. It is with great sadness that we issue the following report.

G.H.P. Donald Lynn Smith, Sr.
Most Excellent Grand High Priest

GHP Year: 2003 - 2004
Home Chapter: Hugh J. McClellan No. 248
Birth Date: January 24, 1923
Death Date: May 13, 2007



Donald Lynn Smith Sr., 84, of Lubbock passed away on May 13, 2007.

Don was born Jan. 24, 1923 in Walkersville, Maryland to Beulah Newman Smith and Morris Lynn Smith. After graduating from Walkersville High School in 1940, Don came to Lubbock to attend Texas Technological College and work for his uncle, Samuel Newman at Bowman Lumber Company. He joined the Marine Corps in 1943, serving in Okinawa and China in World War II and later in the Korean War, achieving the rank of Captain. On June 13, 1946, he married Laura Jean Renner in Lubbock, Texas at the First Christian Church. Don graduated from Texas Tech in 1947 in Dairy Manufacturers.

Most recently, Don was Chairman of the Board and Treasurer of Bowman Lumber Company. During his 60 years in the lumber industry, he was involved in the Lumberman's Association of Texas, serving on numerous committees and as its president from 1989-1990. He was elected Lumberman of the Year for 1996-1997. Don served as director for the National Lumber and Building Materials Dealer Association from 1991-1996. Locally, he was a member of the Lubbock Kiwanis Club and received a 53 year perfect attendance award. He also served as Lieutenant Governor of Division 7 of the Texas-Oklahoma division. Don was also a member of the Lubbock Executive Association as well as a member of Lubbockview Christian Church.

The Masonic Order was very important to Don for over 56 Years. In 1951, he became a Master Mason in San Angelo, Texas. He was a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas, Past Grand Commander of the Knights Templar of Texas, Past Convent General of the Knights York Cross of Honor of the United States of America, Past Master of the Allied Masonic Degrees headquartered in Washington D.C., Past Deputy Grand Governor of the York Rite College Number 36, Past Department Commander of the South Central Department Grand Encampment of the United States of America, Past Grand Precepter of the Holy Royal Arch Knight Templar Priest of the United States of America, Past Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of Texas, Past Grand Master of the Grand Council of Royal and Select Masters of Texas. Don was also a 33rd Degree Mason of the Scottish Rite, and a member of the Suez Shrine in San Angelo, and a member of the National Sojourners. He was also a member of the Heroes of 76.

Don loved traveling with his family, fishing, and shelling pecans from his own trees. Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Jean; daughter, Karen Groce and husband Wayne; daughter, Diane Martinez and husband Gilbert; son, Don Smith Jr. and wife Debbie; daughter, Cindy Hogue and husband Kim; and daughter, Suzy Smith; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren, three dogs and six grand-dogs.

Funeral services will be held at Sanders Memorial Chapel on May 16, 2007 at 2 p.m., with Graham Childress officiating. Masonic graveside will follow at Peaceful Gardens Cemetery in Woodrow, Texas. Family suggests memorials be made to Scottish Rite Learning Center of West Texas, P.O. Box 10135 Lubbock, Texas 79408 or Lubbockview Christian Church 3301-34th Street Lubbock, TX 79410, or a favorite charity.

The family will receive friends from 7 -8 p.m., Tuesday at Sanders Funeral Home. Burial: Peaceful Gardens Memorial Park, Woodrow, (Lubbock County) Texas