A memorial service will be held at a later date for Dennis George Smith of Artesia, New Mexico.
Mr. Smith, 69, entered into the presence of the Lord on April 4, 2020.
Cremation has taken place under the direction of Terpening & Son Mortuary.
Dennis was born September 26, 1950 in Yale Oklahoma to Orren Smith and Evelyn Coulter Smith. He came to Artesia in 1952 from Oklahoma. On May 8, 1971 he was married to Francis Jackson in Carlsbad, New Mexico.
He was a refinery operator for many years with Navajo Refining. He loved camping, hunting, fishing and riding motorcycles. He was a member of the Artesia Bowmasters for many years. One of his greatest joys was spending time with his granddaughters and doing whatever it took to make them happy.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a granddaughter Madilyn Steed.
Survivors include his wife Francis of Artesia; a son Clay Smith of Carlsbad.; a daughter Elizabeth Smith Steed of Artesia; sisters Janice Durham of Bend, Oregon and Dorcas Cottrell of Roswell, N.M.; granddaughters Becca Smith, Samantha Smith and Ashley Smith; nephews Darin Durham, Darrell Durham, Jody Durham, David Bailey and Robert Bailey.
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