Frank M. Smith III, age 70, passed away at his home surrounded by family on May 14, 2019.
He was born July 31, 1948 in Lubbock, Texas, the son of Louise Abbott Smith and Frank M. Smith Jr. Frank graduated from the Texas A&M Law Enforcement School and had a lifelong career as a Texas Peace Officer serving as a deputy sheriff in several North Texas counties and Comanche County and serving as a police officer in McKinney, Texas. He married Martha Bloor on June 6, 1993 in Plano, Texas. Frank was a highly skilled gunsmith, proudly serving as the longest operating warranty station for Smith & Wesson for over 34 years. He was also factory trained by and served as a service center for Marlin, Remington, Weatherby, Mossberg, and Sturm Ruger. Customers sought his gunsmithing talents from across the United States. Frank was often called to serve as an expert witness in firearm related cases. He built custom rifles for John Wayne and Special Forces troops, as well as hundreds of pleased customers.
He semi-retired in 2006, moving to Comanche County. Frank was a Past Master of the Hope Lodge No. 481, a Master Mason and a Shriner, and completed Scottish Rite and York Rite. Frank deeply loved and is loved by his family.
He is survived by his loving wife, Martha, of 25 years; four children, Frank, Jeannie, Sandra, and Virginia; four granddaughters, Hailey, Taylor, Natalie, and Lauren; and his sister Shari Medford.
Frank became a legendary figure in the firearms industry and will be missed by many. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, Donor Development Office, 6977 Main Street, Houston, TX 77030. Services will be announced at a later date.