Allen Currie (Bub) Smith, 74, of Amarillo died Thursday, October 6, 2011.
Following a private interment at Llano Cemetery, Memorial Services will be held on Monday, October 10th at 2pm at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with The Reverend Jo Roberts Mann officiating.
Bub Smith loved life! Born in Amarillo on September 25, 1937 to Clara Currie Smith and O. Dale Smith, Bub enjoyed a wonderful childhood with his older sister, Claire. A close-knit family, the Smiths travelled extensively, enjoyed spending time at their summer home in Tres Ritos, New Mexico and the Palo Duro Club which his grandfather, Tom Currie, help establish. With family ties going back to the early settlement days of Amarillo, through his grandmother, Daisy Martin Currie, Bub always loved the Panhandle of Texas. His father, Dale, was from Chicago, Illinois. After serving in World War I, he graduated from Northwestern University. Dale moved to the Panhandle during the oil boom where he established a business which would later include his son Bub, his daughter, Claire, and later his grandson, Currie.
Bub’s sense of adventure started early…from riding horses, fishing the streams of New Mexico, snow skiing with his family and winning the Soap Box Derby. As a youth, he also began hunting water fowl, which would lead to a lifelong love of hunting and being outdoors. He graduated from Amarillo High School in 1956, where he enjoyed playing football for Coach Joe Kerbel and was blessed with a group who would become lifelong friends.
Bub graduated from the University of Texas in 1960 with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree with an emphasis in geology. He was a member of Phi Delta Theta where many lifelong friendships were established. It was there that he also met his future wife, Nancy Thompson, from Port Arthur. A week after her graduation from U.T. with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English, Nancy and Bub were married in June of 1961. They celebrated their 50th anniversary this past summer with family. Truly a compliment to each other, Bub and Nancy enjoyed a multitude of wonderful times while always setting a fine example for their children.
Upon returning to Amarillo, Bub joined his father in the oil and gas business. Always seeking new business opportunities, he began purchasing farm land and partnered in Deaf Smith Feedyard. In the 1970’s, he began to invest in commercial real estate and buy ranchland. He bought the SJ Ranch and then the Oasis Creek Ranch. These were places he loved to share with family and friends and proved to be a source of many great memories.
Bub had the privilege of sharing a wonderful working relationship with his sister, Claire, for over 45 years as well as his son, Currie, since 1987, and a wonderful group of associates in the Smith family office. Bub involved his three children, Ellen, Currie and Dale, at early ages, sharing his knowledge and instilling a strong work ethic.
Through Bub’s varied business interests, he had the privilege of serving on several bank boards including the American National Bank of Amarillo, the First National Bank of Amarillo, Boatman’s Bank and lastly, Wells Fargo of Amarillo. He also served on the Executive Committee and as a past Director of the Panhandle Producers & Royalty Owners Association.
To say that Bub enjoyed a variety of sports and outdoor activities would be an understatement. From the time he was knee-high, he began fishing the small streams of New Mexico. This love of fly fishing grew to a lifelong passion. One place Bub particularly loved to spend time was in Colorado fishing the Roaring Fork and Frying Pan Rivers. Sharing time at the Ranch of the Roaring Fork with friends and family was one of Bub’s favorite pastimes. Weather permitting; he often combined a morning of snow skiing at Snowmass with an afternoon/evening spent fly fishing.
One of Bub’s strongest passions was hunting. He had the privilege of hunting and fishing in many areas around the world. From duck hunting near Dimmit, Texas to shooting pheasant and partridge in Scotland, fishing for Peacock Bass in Brazil, hunting big game in Africa, and fishing in Alaska – he loved it all. Bub loved spending time at his Oasis Creek Ranch near Canadian hosting many dove and quail hunts with his wonderful friends. He also hosted youth hunts through the Texas Wildlife Association and hosted Wounded Warriors on hunts sponsored by the Paralyzed Veterans of America.
A quintessential outdoorsman, Bub always appreciated his opportunities and fully believed in returning the privilege with strong conservation efforts to preserve the land he so enjoyed. He made extensive habitat improvements to his two ranches. Among the many conservation awards he received were the Safari Club International Lifetime Achievement Award, the Wildlife Conservationist from the SWCD of Texas, and numerous regional conservationist awards. Last February, Bub was honored to be added to the Texas Panhandle Sports Hall of Fame.
Bub was thrilled to share his enthusiasm for the outdoors with children. He was always happy to include the friends of his children and later, those of his grandchildren. He was instrumental in teaching many to hunt, fish, ride horses and water ski. Bub had a real way with children and young adults, emphasizing their strengths while encouraging them to learn and to be responsible.
One of the most cherished aspects of Bub’s life was spending time with his seven grandchildren. Generous with his time, his stories and his knowledge, he has left an incredible stamp on these children’s lives.
Giving young people an opportunity to excel in life was top on Bub’s list of priorities. Bub served on the Board of Directors and Executive Committee for the Opportunity Plan, Inc. since 1975. Through his association with OPI, Bub enjoyed seeing many students pursue and achieve a college education.
Bub Smith lived his life to the fullest and for his enthusiasm, his influence and his love, we are most grateful.
Bub was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved wife, Nancy, and their three children: daughter, Ellen Smith Bivins, and her husband, Mark Ernest Bivins; son, Allen Currie Smith, Jr. and his wife, Jussen Campbell Smith; son, Dale Alexander Smith and his wife, Caroline Dulle Smith. His seven treasured grandchildren are Emily Sinclair Bivins, Miles Truscott Bivins, Virginia Katherine Smith, Thompson Currie Smith, Clara Murrin Smith, Luke Thompson Smith and Henry Alexander Smith. He is also survived by his sister, Sinclair Smith Siragusa and her husband, John Robert Siragusa, his sister-in-law Linda Thompson Spangler and her husband, Dr. Richard Dalton Spangler as well as wonderful nieces, nephews, a great-niece and great-nephews.
In lieu of flowers, the family would appreciate and suggest memorial contributions be made to the Opportunity Plan, Inc., 504 24th St., P.O. Box 1035, Canyon, Texas 79015; St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 1601 S. Georgia St., Amarillo, Texas 79102 or a favorite charity or scholarship.
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