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, Smith suffered an aneurysm during the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s Association state convention in Midwest City and died. He was 68. Feb. 1, 1985, Smith was named editor of the Oklahoma Cowman magazine, the official publication of the Oklahoma Cattlemen’s 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 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 daughter-in-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 is scheduled at 2 p.m. Thursday in the Express Ranch Show and Sale Barn at 2202 N 11 in Yukon. 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.
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