In memoriam: Sen. Tom Smith


Tom Smith was a very special man, who lived a meaningful life and influenced others by his fine example.

If  you were fortunate enough to have your path cross his, you knew you’d met someone of rare quality, strength of character and insight. He was a Marine, an officer and a gentleman, an educator —- and a statesman, in the truest meaning of the word.

At Tom’s request,  “please, please, no donations, sympathy cards or flowers. In lieu of this, take your spouse,  companion, friend,   neighbor, or whoever, for a night out and have one in honor of Tom.”

Further information  including time and place of the service to commemorate his life can be read here.

4 Responses to In memoriam: Sen. Tom Smith

  1. State Committeeman says:

    Tom was a well respected man. The void his passing creates will not soon be filled. He was indeed “a statesman.”

  2. Seen It All says:

    When controversy erupted around the anti-American sentiments inscribed on the September 1, 2001 memorial in Bolin Plaza, it was the Honorable Tom Smith, then a former state senator, who was brought in to oversee the commission in charge of changing the design. Political correctness ran amok in the unfortunate wording, trying not to offend Muslims. The plaques neglected to even mention the fact that the planes flown into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and a field resulting in the deaths of 3,000 Americans were hijacked.

    Tom Smith was the ideal choice and did a extraordinary job in bringing together divergent ideas and correcting the offensive wording on the monument’s panels.

    One of the absurd panels said, “You don’t win battles of terrorism with more battles” and another “Middle East violence motivates attacks in U.S.,” implying, the USA was responsible for the attacks.

    Tom Smith’s years as a military officer, school principal and legislator provided the unique perspective needed at the time. He iwas an Arizona treasure. All of us, Republicans and Democrats alike, were fortunate to have this man among us.

  3. Matt DeGennaro says:

    I never had the opportunity to meet Sen. Smith, but after reading about him, I wish I had. I send my sincere condolences to his family for their loss.

  4. Chad Palmer says:

    Senator Tom Smith leaves a Legacy for all of us to emulate, thank you for your selfless service to God and Country, Brother.