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4520 Bosque Boulevard
Waco, TX 76710
Phone: 254-772-5272
Fax: 254-772-5695
Dwane Smith

Dwane Smith

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
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Dwane Quinton Smith passed away March 12, 2019 in Lampasas, TX at the age of 84. Funeral services will be 10:00 a.m. Friday, March 15th at OakCrest Funeral Home with Mr. Ernie Christie officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. prior to the service. Dwane will then be laid to rest at Dobyville Cemetery in Burnet, TX at 3:00 p.m. that afternoon.

Dwane was born September 13, 1934 to Andrew and Mildred (O’Hair) Smith in Lampasas, TX. Dwane graduated high school in Coalmont, TN and then went on to earn his bachelor’s degree from Middle Tennessee State University. Dwane was married to Linda Lee (Manning) Smith for 61 years, having married in 1957. He spent 20+ years as a fish biologist for Texas Parks & Wildlife and upon retiring, worked for many funeral homes, including Oakcrest Funeral Home. Along with his wife, Dwane was a long-time, faithful member of Lake Shore Church of Christ in Waco, TX.

Dwane was preceded in death by both parents and daughter Janet Smith.

Dwane is survived by his wife, Linda; son, Ray Smith and wife, Carrie; brother, Kenneth Smith and wife, Hazel; sisters, Linda Sanders and husband, Mike and Karen Ryan. He is also survived by many nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Lakeshore Church of Christ Youth Group, Christian Hensel Youth Camp in Marble Falls, TX, or Christ’s Haven for Children in Keller, TX.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 15th, 2019 | 9:00am - 10:00am
    When
    Friday, March 15th, 2019 9:00am - 10:00am
    Location
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    Address
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX
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  • Service

    Friday, March 15th, 2019 | 10:00am
    When
    Friday, March 15th, 2019 10:00am
    Location
    OakCrest Funeral Home
    Address
    4520 Bosque Boulevard
    WACO, TX
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Grace L.

Posted at 02:17pm
May the warm memories of your loved one help ease your loss. Isaiah 25:8
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Thomas Buchak

Posted at 02:25am
G.D. I’m glad to have known you! You where a greet person and I’m glad to have known you! I was in my 20’s when we meet and needed a lot of advice! I always looked up to you and always respected you! You always helped me when I needed it! You where a great and wonderful person! I’m sorry time has drawled us apart! You are greatly appreciated for all that you have done and for all of the advice given to me and your great grandson ! I hope one day me and your great grandson John will be a able to fish and hunt with you in heaven and we are able to tell all of our life stories together!
 
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Thomas Buchak Posted at 02:39am

Sorry I meant to add Hunter also to this!
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Christie Goggans

Posted at 04:23pm
He was my grandfather who helped raise me and my sisters. We were not informed of his passing , nor were we allowed contact with him or mema since Ray came back around. I am devastated and will miss my grandfather dearly. I love you so much GD.
 

Kelli Wake Posted at 12:34pm

I tried to post also, but I guess they have me or my comments blocked! This isn’t right and I guarantee our grandparents and mother (Janet Goggans) are not in any way okay, or happy with this. We spent more time with them than anyone else did and he was always around us and our kids. He is greatly missed and we should have been given the opportunity to say goodbye to OUR GD the proper way.
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John Mitchell

Posted at 03:03pm
Dwane Smith: My Mentor It was Dwane Smith who hired me out of College in February, 1974. He quickly became someone I admired and respected for his knowledge, skill, and integrity. The years that Dwane was my boss were some of the best years in memory of my time at Parks & Wildlife Department. I came to TPWD as a graduate; it was Dwane Smith's storehouse of knowledge and experience that allowed me grow into becoming a Fisheries Biologist. I was full of questions; Dwane usually had the answers. If not he could always show me where to look. You get to know someone really well during the many hours we spent travelling to the places our work took us statewide. I came to think of Dwane as family, almost like a second father-figure. We survived a swamped boat on Eagle Mountain Lake when a storm came-up while we were deploying frame nets. Rescued two-in-the-water on the same lake as they swam away from their burning boat. Almost went down, nearly expired from hypothermia, on Lake Navarro Mills when --one year-- the "Gales of November Came Early;" and once were chased by a crazed-man with a rifle on the dirt roads along the shore of Eastland City Lake. Dwane, after Parks & Wildlife, chose service to others --as he did for my family and so many others-- driving the service vehicle that carried us to and from funeral and graveside services for my brother, later my mother, and was there again as we said farewell to my father. This kind, humble, unassuming man --who dug graves by lantern-light to pay for college to earn his degree-- will always be larger than life to me. If My Father In Heaven may allow me to say it: "Well-done, good and faithful servant." John Mitchell
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